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Fangirl Friday: That Feeling When, by S.M. James

As soon as I saw the cover, and read the blurb, I wanted to read this book. But, I was broke at the time and then other things took priority, when I did have the cash. Then, by fluke, the second novel in the #lovehim series came up for review and I could convince myself that it was a necessity to buy the previous book. As you do. I haven’t regretted it since. That Feeling When is a special kind of YA novel that just takes you by surprise, yet grabs onto your heart and won’t let go.

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Dance Academy reject, Archie Corrigan, resents the stereotype guy ballet dancers are gay. Because he isn’t. At all. Forced to reassess his life goal at Camp Crystal Cove, it’s by sheer dumb luck he meets Landon Summers, who turns everything Archie was sure of into chaos.
Poor boy turned teen heartthrob, Landon Summers, is the name on everyone’s lips. With his unexpected leap to fame, his agent advises him to keep his bi status on the down low. Not a problem! Until Landon meets Archie.
Their unexpected friendship leads to an inevitable kiss, but their moment is caught in high definition and used as fuel for blackmail. If the truth gets out, Landon’s career could be over, and Archie will be forced to acknowledge the one thing he’s fought to deny.
But how do you go back to your average life once you’ve experienced That Feeling When … you’re finally happy?

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I absolutely devoured this book!

Truthfully, it’s been on my watch list for a while now, but I always convinced myself to get other priorities first. What was I thinking?
Luckily, book 3 in the #lovehim series came up for review so I couldn’t resist convincing myself that I just had to read the first 2, before I started. And I’m so glad I did.

I’m not usually a fan of 1st person, present tense, but it really worked for this book. Along with the gorgeous presentation, Archie’s natural snark, and the most adorkable teen romance you’ve ever seen, there wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book. Nothing.

There was a sweet and tender start to the romance, after much snark and teen angst, and it completely sucked me into the teen, camp, romance feel of the novel. The slow realisation of self, the subtle chemistry, the self-discovery. It was all so beautifully done. The awkwardness of teenagers was so brilliantly written that it took me straight back to being in high school.

Landon was a complicated mess; Archie was sweet and lost; Landon’s mother was incredible. Owen and Brittany, Kelly and Meredith, were incredible supporting cast. I loved the struggles over self – being aboriginal, being gay, being confused, being famous – and the logical fear that what they had might only last as long as the camp did.

I cried. I loved it. It was perfect. Adorkable. Sweet. Ridiculously beautiful. And exactly what I needed.

That Feeling When…is an adorkable story of young love, blushing romance, self discovery, and growing up, wrapped in a summer camp, teen angst, and the absolutely awful hormones of teen life. I can’t wait to read more.

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Favourite Quote

“And there he goes, holding my stare for that beat longer than he probably means to before letting loose this adorable, little smile. I’m putty. Just a gloopy, gooey mess. This guy is a menace.”

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