Review: You Go First

You Go First

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I picked this up when we were killing time in the library because I really enjoyed Hello, Universe. The story was OK and the characters deal with some big emotional things that might be useful for middle grade readers to identify with, but for me the story didn’t do much. I feel like it could have been so much more.
Charlotte and Ben are basically internet friends who play scrabble across the country but have never met. They are both going through some major family stuff and neither has a local friend to turn to for support. Charlotte was just ditched by her lifelong friend right after he father had a heart attack and Ben doesn’t really have any real-life friends when his parents spring news of their divorce on him. The stories are told side by side with very little overlap. I sort of wanted more from their friendship and it just wasn’t there. 3/3 stars ⭐️



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