ARC Review | Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall

Who I Was With Her

by Nita Tyndall

YA Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ

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There are two things that Corinne Parker knows to be true: that she is in love with Maggie Bailey, the captain of the rival high school’s cross-country team and her secret girlfriend of a year, and that she isn’t ready for anyone to know she’s bisexual.

But then Maggie dies, and Corinne quickly learns that the only thing worse than losing Maggie is being left heartbroken over a relationship no one knows existed. And to make things even more complicated, the only person she can turn to is Elissa — Maggie’s ex and the single person who understands how Corinne is feeling.

As Corinne struggles to make sense of her grief and what she truly wants out of life, she begins to have feelings for the last person she should fall for. But to move forward after losing Maggie, Corinne will have to learn to be honest with the people in her life…starting with herself.

Thanks to the publisher and Harper360 YA for sending me a proof in exchange for an honest review!

This has been a book that has certainly been making its rounds on social media, and particularly due to its stunning cover. I don’t know about you, but I love when a cover has an obviously LGBTQ, especially sapphic, couple on the front cover. It immediately grabs my attention and the cover of Who I Was With Her was no different.

This book follows the heartbreaking story of Corinne, when her secret girlfriend Maggie dies tragically and she must grieve for a girl who meant so much to her, yet nobody else knew they even knew each other. This had a really intriguing premise and I was curious to see how Tyndall would tackle such a difficult topic – and she did not disappoint!

This was one of those stories where I found myself completely engrossed – so much so that I actually finished this in a matter of hours, in almost one sitting. I was so completely drawn into this story and every time I thought, “okay, I’m going to put it down for a while” I literally just couldn’t. I think what my favourite thing about this novel was definitely Corinne’s voice – it was so crisp, so strong that she had me hooked the whole way through. The emotion and heartbreak and grief was threaded so beautifully throughout and I really enjoyed the characters and setting Tyndall conjured.

Although saying that, this book did take me about a 100 or so pages to really get into, but once I did, I was flying. This had some really beautiful writing, and what impressed me so much was how much emotion and realism there was in this book. I really felt for Corinne and felt like her heart was bleeding onto the pages through her words, that’s how tender and raw this story was. Definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for more LGBTQ stories (which you should)!