GENRE: YA Fiction, Contemporary, LGBT
Melt My Heart is a hilarious and inspiring coming-of-age YA novel from Bethany Rutter: influencer, editor and a fierce UK voice in the debate around body positivity.
Lily Rose is used to people paying attention to her gorgeous twin sister, Daisy. But even though Lily loves her own fat body, she can’t shake the idea that no one would ever choose her over Daisy – not when they could have the thin twin.
That is, until she meets Cal, the gorgeous, sweet guy from New Zealand who can’t seem to stay away. The gorgeous, sweet guy who also happens to be Daisy’s summer crush.
Lily can’t seem to figure out why she isn’t as into him as she should be. She should be head-over-heels in love, not missing time at the ice-cream shack with her life-long best friend, Cassie. Not wondering what Cassie is getting up to with Cal’s friend Jack, or what she’s thinking about when they’re alone . . .
With University threatening to tear Cassie and Lily apart at the end of summer and Lily desperately trying to keep Cal a secret from Daisy, summer is set to be far from relaxing.
Last year, one of my favourite releases was No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter. So, I was very excited to see that there is a new book coming out from Bethany this year! Again, I requested it as soon as I saw it and, again, I wasn’t disappointed!
The thing that I absolutely love about Bethany’s books is how the sensitive topic of body image is discussed so positively and in a way that’s accessible and non-judgemental. In Melt My Heart, our narrator Lily clearly has some insecurities over being a bigger girl, but it’s not the sole focus of the story and it’s doesn’t define her and we also see how body insecurities affect everyone.
I also love in Melt My Heart that it’s set during that strange period between sixth form and university, and that it also challenges whether university is the right option for everyone. Just because someone’s seen as “university material” doesn’t mean that it’s the path they have to take, and that’s something I wish I’d known back when I was 18!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book; there were some really interesting storylines taking place and I loved getting to know the characters! They’re definitely ones that I’d love to revisit a few months later to see how they’re getting on!