If It Makes You Happy, by Claire Kann

🎧 Audiobook Review 🎧

High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”

Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?

This book was such a joy to read! A hilarious and witty, fat black queer girl who tells it like it is – this feels like what’s been missing from my bookshelf for years. I’m so happy to see a queer-platonic relationship portrayed in a way where the characters don’t constantly feel the need to explain how their relationship works, I think a lot of LGBTQ readers will find that validating. I also really appreciate that the manipulative relationship in Winnie’s life didn’t have a perfect ending or solution, that sometimes you just have to do what’s right for you. It’s just an all round easy to get into book and the narration by Caroline Sorunke was perfect.

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