Title: Lemon Lavender Is Not Fine
Author: Elle Pallmore
Original Publication Date: June 14, 2019
Genre(s): Young Adult, Romance
“An unforgettable name…
A longing to be invisible…
And a viral video…
= NOT fine.
Life isn’t all that great for Lemon Lavender. Ever since her perfect sister dropped out of college and fled to Europe, she’s saddled with taking care of her zombified mother while dodging her father’s angry tirades about responsibility. Hiding is her first choice, but there’s nowhere to escape at home, and at school, invisibility isn’t an option when your name is a flashing neon sign.
The one bright spot in her complicated reality is Graham Stuart. As they share their deepest secrets over slushees, Lemon falls hard, even as Graham’s most ardent admirer makes it clear she should back off, or risk being the subject of a vicious gossip vlog. Despite her attempts to lay low, the worst happens, catapulting Lemon—and her notorious name—into a spotlight that shreds her reputation and damages her relationships. With relentless mean girls out to get her and a family on the brink of disaster, Lemon has to find her voice and fight back—if she’s ready to step out of the shadows.”
*No spoilers below.
I understand Lemon Lavender Is Not Fine is classified as a Young Adult but, the writing was so juvenile and almost too easy to read. The romance was flat and could have been left out altogether. Lemon’s parents and Isabel (her BFF) were more fleshed out than Graham (the love interest)– I preferred reading about her relationships with them.
If the story revolved around family and friendship, it could have been a Middle Grade and that would have made more sense.
Lemon was incredibly frustrating at times but, her growth and realizations make up for it. The ending is wonderful, the beginning was gripping… it was the middle part that dragged. I did feel different emotions throughout and actual joy in my heart often. It is a fun and quick read; definitely pick it up, if that’s what you’re looking for! If you want a real romantic YA, though, look elsewhere.
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Dates Read: July 30-August 15, 2019
For a few minutes, I’m so tired, no thoughts form. I like it that way– blank and empty.
There are two types of people, Lemon. The type that talk behind your back and the type that talk to your face. Either way, they all talk.
His lips are on mine again, and I decide that kissing is a wonderful thing. It’s pure connection– energy created by us, a booming chemical reaction that can’t ever disappear now that it’s out in the world.
Change is something I’ve never loved because it’s a giant hill I can’t see over. There’s no knowing what’s beyond it.
We work and work, as if we might somehow make sense of our lives by taming the disorganization around us.
I curl up on top of her perfectly made bed and wait for sleep to come. It’s the only place I can forget who I am.
Sorry doesn’t cut it. Sorry is just something people say and don’t mean.
Then he says it again. “What the hell is wrong with you, Lemon?” I can only shrug, because I truly don’t know.
You have to be willing to be someone rather than no one… someone you want to be, not who you think you should be.
Anger is fuel to get you lots of places, even when there aren’t many options.
Opinions aren’t truth, though. They’re just ideas someone has. Imagine if you believed every opinion from every person you ever met. You’d be totally confused because everyone thinks something different.
*Thank you to NetGalley, Elle Pallmore, and BooksGoSocial for providing me with a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!