Style is a contemporary f/f romance following two lesbians during their last year of high school. It’s 100% gay fluff and full of clichés, but that was exactly what I was looking for, and it didn’t feel like a story I had already read anyway. Not only because it’s f/f and there aren’t as many f/f books as there should be, but exactly because it’s both gay and as fluffy as it can get – and we almost never have that.
Style is a coming out novel.
That’s a genre I almost never reach for, it’s always so tragic. Yes, there’s usually a happy ending, at least in the ones that were published in the last few years, but the characters go through bullying, threats and sometimes even sexual assault before getting acceptance.
Style avoids all the sad tropes that are common in this genre. In here, you’ll find no bullying, no people outed against their will, no deep miscommunication, no cheating, no terrible parents, and not even the dramatic break-up that seems to be the prepackaged ending of every single romance novel.
Style is unique because it uses all the clichés of the typical high school romance, but for lesbians, and it’s a story as happy as the ones straight people get. This meant that it’s a very low-conflict book, but I didn’t care at all.
Stella and Kyle are the cutest couple ever (yes, the title of this book is their OTP name; it’s that cheesy and I love it for that). They are the typical cheerleader/nerd pairing, except gayer, and with some more depth. I loved seeing Kyle’s journey in discovering her sexuality, and how Stella was able to realize she didn’t need to push everyone away all the time, but what I truly loved was their dynamic as a couple. The lighthouse scene was beautiful and I’m not even a romantic person.
(about that: there was some amatonormativity[¹] sometimes, but it was nowhere near as bad as it could have been.)
Also, it’s a sex-positive book – there are both a explicit-for-YA-standards sex scene and talk of female masturbation.
Style wasn’t perfect by any means – the writing wasn’t always the best and the two first-person PoVs sounded and read the same, so I was often confused and didn’t always understand who was narrating – but it is exactly the cute cliché romance it’s supposed to be and fulfills that role well.
[¹] the assumption that everyone wants or needs romantic love and that everyone wants or needs to be in a romantic relationship.
I read Style for the “read a book with multiple PoVs” challenge of Marvel-A-Thon.
My rating: ★★★★¼