What We Left Behind

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What We Left Behind

Toni and Gretchen are the two main and wonderful characters that lie within What We Left Behind. The book focusses on Toni as we see her struggles as she identifies as genderqueer. This was such an interesting book to read. For those who have never read a book dealing with LGBTQ issues this is definitely one to pick and try.

What We Left Behind lies heavy on wondering which label or labels they want to assign themselves. Personally for me I don't think they should have labels. Everyone loves who they love, end of story.

The only bad things I can say about this book are:

1. The writing felt like a text book sometimes

2. There was more of an info dump than I would have cared for.

Other than those two things this book was a hit.

I think this would be a great book for High School teens. It can help them understand what others go through when they are not following the norm.


Book Blurb for What We Left Behind

From the critically acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves comes an emotional, empowering story of what happens when love may not be enough to conquer all 

Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They've been together forever. They never fight. They're deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they're sure they'll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, theirs is bound to stay rock-solid. 

The reality of being apart, though, is very different than they expected. Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, meets a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, but Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship. 

While Toni worries that Gretchen won't understand Toni's new world, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in this puzzle. As distance and Toni's shifting gender identity begin to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2015 4.00