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Book Thoughts: Birthday (Meredith Russo)

Russo, Meredith - Birthday


Title: Birthday
Author: Meredith Russo
Genre: Fiction / YA / Contemporary   Pages: 300
First published: 2019
Edition: Paperback, published in 2019 by Usborne

Told on one day every year, over six years, this is a story about how change pulls people apart… and how love brings them back together.

This was such a heartfelt story of two teens growing up and getting to grips with their feelings towards themselves and each other.

Birthday was the first novel I read about a trans person and it made me realise how important it is for books like this to exist and thankfully these days they do. For someone out there this may be the most important read of their lives.

For me, I enjoyed it a lot and the fact that the story is told on one day of the year, Eric and Morgan’s birthday, for six years is an interesting approach. This large works very well. At least, it did for the first four years. I felt for the last couple of years, when so much was happening, it did not feel enough. It meant that the previous years’ events lots a little bit of impact for me.

Although I sped through the story and did really love it, I am left wondering whether it could have done a little more than it did. It could have explored certain aspects, especially mental health, a little bit more in depth. Maybe the ending was a little bit too tidy, but I am not sure I can hold that against it. As it is, Birthday is a really good novel that I know will hit a lot of people right in the feels and one I will be recommending to people for sure.

6 out of 7 stars 

(Also check out my reading diary for Birthday)

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