ARC – Carefully Everywhere Descending by L.B. Bedford | Book Review #7

‘Audrey Anderson has one chance to escape poverty–excel academically and get into a good school. She’ll let nothing stand between her and her goal: not dating and certainly not snotty Scarlett West. The girls can’t stand each other, so why is Scarlett hanging around Audrey and getting under Audrey’s skin–in more ways than one?

Scarlett needs a tutor, and Audrey doesn’t want the job. She still resents Scarlett offering to pay Audrey to do her homework, but her compassionate best friend talks Audrey into giving Scarlett a second chance. The more time they spend together, the harder it becomes for Audrey to fight her growing attraction to the other young woman. 

At the same time, Audrey’s interest in her new neighbour’s bizarre behaviour gnaws at her, and she can’t leave the mystery alone. Her relentless curiosity might cost her everything.’

I was hoping for a great LGBT story when I read the synopsis, and I GOT ONE.

Carefully Everywhere Descending is a short and sweet story that is featured around a young girl, Audrey. What I really like about this book in hindsight is that the story doesn’t focus its whole being to Audrey being gay. It’s just a matter-of-fact thing. Like, oh, Audrey is gay? Okay! And the story moves on.

Audrey, in my opinion, is a great main character. She cares about everyone and is actually quite selfless in her being. The world that Audrey is in, is very much like our own world. All of the characters face their own very real problems and I respect that about this story. I really appreciate that. Nothing is sugar coated, and everything is a matter-of-fact.

Towards the end of the book, the story gets very dramatic, but in a good way? I mean, it wasn’t good; for Audrey, at the time, but in hindsight, it really brought everyone who cares about Audrey together. While in the beginning of the story, everyone was somewhat distant. There’s nothing like a life-scare that brings loved ones closer!

In the end, I really love Audrey’s story. I’m so happy that I’ve read this book.

I can’t really say anything more, because the book is a really short read (I finished reading this book in like, 3 hours??) and I fear that I may spoil something.

A HUGE thank you to the publishers at Harmony Ink Press for letting me read this in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley.

Here you can find Carefully Everywhere Descending on GoodReads.

Thank you for reading! Until next time,
Adele.

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