Friday, June 10, 2022

QR22 Day 10 - Kelly Quindlen


You'll notice a lot of romance and rom-com recs on my queer representation list this month. Part of that is a new appreciation I have for the romance genre, admittedly, but another part is the fact that romance stories--usually--have happy endings! And as much as I love exploring the darkness, sometimes I just want to see characters just, like be happy. Especially when their stories may not have historically ended that way. So that's why you'll see a lot of romantic comedies on my list!

And Kelly Quindlen can write a rom-com, ya'll. Queer ones, in point of fact. Late to the Party and She Drives Me Crazy are perfect exampless with super fun and believable characters with engaging and delightful arcs.

In contrast, her first book, Her Name in the Sky, is definitely a little rougher around the edges (that cover though), and it's a more serious approach to a sapphic romance in a very religious southern community (I...wouldn't exactly classify it as a rom-com, even though there are funny moments--this one is more of a drama) but it has so much heart, and I think I love that book the most because of that heart.

But seriously, they are all so good, and whether you're into a fun rom-com or a more serious take on sapphic romance, you can't go wrong with Kelly Quindlen. So that's day 10! Check out the master list here! 🏳️‍🌈

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