Book Review: The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne

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The Inside of Out

3.5 stars

When her best friend Hannah comes out the day before junior year, Daisy is so ready to let her ally flag fly that even a second, way more blindsiding confession can’t derail her smiling determination to fight for gay rights.
Before you can spell LGBTQIA, Daisy’s leading the charge to end their school’s antiquated ban on same-sex dates at dances—starting with homecoming. And if people assume Daisy herself is gay? Meh, so what. It’s all for the cause.
What Daisy doesn’t expect is for “the cause” to blow up—starting with Adam, the cute college journalist whose interview with Daisy for his university paper goes viral, catching fire in the national media. #Holy #cats.
With the story spinning out of control, protesters gathering, Hannah left in the dust of Daisy’s good intentions, and Daisy’s mad attraction to Adam feeling like an inconvenient truth, Daisy finds herself caught between her bold plans, her bad decisions, and her big fat mouth.

I really enjoyed Jenn Marie Thorne’s book The Wrong Side of Right so this one has been on my radar since I first heard about it. This one didn’t hook me in right away like The Wrong Side of Right did but the main characters and the friends she had and was making grew on me through the book. This book tackled some important and very relevant topics of today and managed to do so while instilling a lesson without feeling like an after-school special.

I was a little surprised at how much I grew to like and eventually connected with Daisy. She was loud and a jump in feet first without looking type of girl and it seemed like her mouth was always five steps in front of her brain. But she had a huge heart and ultimately, all she wanted was for her best friend to know she supported her and that she had the same rights as Daisy. Daisy had to learn a lot about her own privilege and what being an ally meant. Just because she was willing to use her voice didn’t mean she was the best spokesperson for their cause. She could also be a frustrating character because being the spokesperson meant lying and pretending to be someone she wasn’t so there were many times of wanting to reach into the book to shake some sense into her, to make her see that her best friend didn’t want all the attention they were getting, that she was hurting people in the name of their cause.

The supporting characters absolutely shone and I loved it. Daisy’s best friend Hannah never had her own POV but I felt I knew her just as well as I knew Daisy. Their friendship was written so well, even when they were struggling to understand each other, and the fact that it wasn’t a perfect friendship, that they fought, that they made other friends, made their portrayal feel that much more realistic. The members of the LGBTQ club at school were also great characters and while not as fleshed out as Daisy or Hannah, I still felt like I got to know them. There wasn’t just one piece of information dropped about each before they faded into the background. Instead they all had a presence and I liked every one of them.

I liked Adam, the college journalist that first interviewed Daisy, and their light flirting. I was glad it stayed in the background for most of the book. It didn’t overtake the plot and Daisy’s development wasn’t because she met a guy. Adam was really sweet and I thought they definitely had chemistry together.

There were a few times when the book felt a little long but overall I didn’t mind. There were probably a few scenes that could have been taken out without losing the story but it wouldn’t have cut too many pages in the end. The writing was just as enjoyable and addicting to read as it was in The Wrong Side of Right. Jenn Marie Thorne has a great way with words to make them come alive as pictures in my brain and it makes the reading experience that much more complete.

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