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Love, Creekwood

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Short, sweet LGBTQ romance as friends start college.

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Fans of the "Simonverse" will eagerly devour this short, sweet novella, which serves as an epilogue for the much-loved characters in Becky Albertalli's book series. Reading the other books (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat) first is highly recommended because this book has lots of spoilers about them. Love, Creekwood has plenty of humor and sigh-worthy romance to stand on its own as a breezy, quick read. But if you don't already know and care about the characters and their stories so far, it won't resonate as deeply as it will for fans of the franchise because there's almost no character development here.

It's part of a franchise that includes a movie (Love, Simon) and a spin-off TV show (Love, Victor). All the entries feature refreshingly positive LGBTQ role models and representations. Issues like love, romance, and coping with change are universal enough that any teen can relate to one or more of the characters. Lots of strong language and some brief but normalizing mentions of sex and drinking make it best for teens in high school and up.

Book Details

  • Author: Becky Albertalli
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • Publication date: June 30, 2020
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 28, 2020

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