Not Your Type – eARC Review

Title: Not Your Type
Author: Elizabeth Jeannel
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: March 25, 2022
Publisher: Hansen House
Themes: Ace Rep, Lesbian Rep, Bi Rep, Trauma, Discussion of Trauma, Aphobia, Stalking, Abusive Relationships, Discussion of Domestic Abuse, Therapy, Drinking, Self Acceptance

Synopsis:

When Ava meets Parker in an LGBT therapy group, she’s hesitant to get close to someone new. Ava’s traumatic past with relationships, and her inability to fully embrace her asexuality has made it hard for her to connect with anyone. But when she starts seeing Parker everywhere, she finds it hard to ignore how familiar Parker is, and how at peace Parker’s presence in her life makes her feel.

Parker is less than a year out of a toxic relationship when she starts seeing Ava all over town. At the gym where she works, at the coffee shop she frequents, and then at the LGBT therapy group she decides to attend on a whim. She takes this as a sign from the universe, but is shocked to find that Ava doesn’t believe in fate, and none of the charm and charisma that has worked before will quite cut it this time.

As the two grow closer, they both have to decide if holding onto the things their exes taught them are also holding them back from their future.

Content warnings:
Discussions of trauma
Discussions of domestic violence
Alcoholism

Representation:
Own voices
Asexual main character
Lesbian main character
Bisexual side character

Thank you so much to the author for an eARC of this book.

Have you ever had that feeling, while reading a book, that is like a tingly, tightening in your chest and your eyes begin to water? Have you ever felt like a book cracked your chest open and looked into your soul and laid it bare for you to read in the book your actively reading? Yeah, that’s what this book did for me. I will admit that I didn’t relate to every aspect of the book and every situation the characters experience or had experienced, but so much of Ava’s journey really ripped me open.

Ava is dealing with a lot, she’s been traumatized from her previous relationship and is living in fear, just going through the motions. But when she meets Parker in an LGBT therapy group things get a bit more complicated, for both her and Parker. The one thing I really loved about both these characters is that they were both messy in a realistic way. They are both dealing with a lot of trauma and working to move on from their pasts, but their interest in each other means they will need to confront their past. This book hurt in so many ways, watching both Ava and Parker struggle and be confused, watching Ava’s sister and Parkers best friend be concerned for them for very different reasons.

I also loved that this book wasn’t all about the quick turn around. Things weren’t perfect from the start and both characters had to work to be better. I don’t want to spoil the plot so I’m not going to say more here, but I absolutely adored how things progressed and wrapped up. I really really love this book and I can tell that I am likely to go back to it later to read more closely and slowly. This book made me feel so seen. Ava’s feelings about herself and her sexuality are things that I have thought and worried about. Seeing those feelings on the page just made me connect so deeply to Ava.

Anyway, if you haven’t guessed already I adored this book for the emotional journey it took me on. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read something about growth, trauma, overcoming fear, and self acceptance.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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