Published by: Bold Strokes
Release date: 18th March 2014
I got it from: NetGalley
Goodreads summary: For seventeen-year-old
Tabitha "Tabby" Morton, life sucks. Big time. Forced to move to London
thanks to her father’s new job, she has to leave her friends, school,
and, most importantly, her girlfriend Amy, far behind. To make matters
worse, Tabby’s parents enroll her in the exclusive Queen Victoria
Independent School for Girls, hoping that it will finally make a lady of
But Tabby has other ideas.
Loathing her new school,
Tabby fights against everything and everyone, causing relations with her
parents to hit rock bottom. But when the beautiful and beguiling Eden
Palmer walks into her classroom one day and catches her eye, Tabby
begins to wonder if life there might not be so bad after all.
Amy drops a bombshell about their relationship following a disastrous
visit, Tabby starts to see the need for new direction in her life.
Fighting her own personal battles, Eden brings the possibility of change
for them both. Gradually, Tabby starts to turn her life around—and it’s
all because of her.
For some reason, there aren't many gay girls in YA fiction. There are a
lot of gay boy best friends, which annoys me a little, but gay girls are
rare. So it was a real delight to find Because of Her. It's such a
typical contemporary YA romance, but with girls - it's exactly what the
genre needs. There must be a lot of girls out there who are either
questioning their sexuality, unsure of how to deal with it, or just want
to find someone else who feels the same. This book is perfect for all
of them, and I think confident straight girls would enjoy it too. It's
the perfect book to show straight girls that gay girls have all the same
feelings as them, just for different people.
Payne creates a
host of well-developed, realistic characters to play with. I thought
they were all brilliant, from the parents to the best friends to the
bitchy girls, and of course Tabby herself.
The book deals with a
lot of different issues - the trauma of moving away from everyone and
everything you know, starting again at a new school in a new city, long
distance relationships, a guilty crush, and then there's the whole
homophobia and coming out to friends and family thing. It's a lot to
pack into one book, but Payne does it well. It doesn't feel rushed or
over-done at any point. The pacing is good, and everything is given due
I found Because of Her a very sweet story. The
way Tabby describes how she feels about Eden, first as a crush and then
something more, is very well written and gave me that squiggly feeling
inside. I felt Tabby's hurt when things were going against her, and I
felt her anguish over how things went with her girlfriend Amy. Reading
Tabby's story really took me back to that time in my life, not because I
went through the same things, but just because Payne really captures
the way a girl that age feels and processes things.
Immensely enjoyable read, I will definitely be looking up Payne's other books.