A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert
Published by Nixon House on March 14, 2018
my rating: ★★★★
Goodreads avg: 3.98 (as of 2019-11-18)
This was my second Talia Hibbert book — my first being Merry Inkmas — and I have to say I’m definitely hooked on her work! She mentions in her bio that she focuses on writing “diverse romance” and she definitely succeeds. A Girl Like Her features an ownvoices black autistic protagonist, Ruth, who also writes webcomics for a living and is finding herself again after being in an abusive relationship. She’s funny, relatable, and great to read.
While I had a lot of fun with the book, the drama was a tad over the top. I know that tends to be the way of romance novels, but I felt things have been toned down a bit. There were a few times I found myself cringing at how unreal interactions seemed, and some scenes didn’t seem to serve any purpose except to add to the angst. These are relatively minor complaints though, and didn’t really get in the way of me enjoying this. I’m excited to pick up some more of Talia’s work soon!