(Becky sent me an e-copy of this book for review, but my opinions have in no way been affected as a result.)
I found Becky’s book on Twitter, and got in touch with her through Twitter as well, meaning my discovery of this book was entirely reliant on social media, which fits in with this book’s backstory as well. RTLANLM is Becky’s debut novel and was originally published on Wattpad, where it gained many followers and huge success. So Becky went ahead and self-published it on Kindle, and so came to the point where I got my hands on a copy, or an e-copy anyway.
And so also came to the point where I met Scotty Williams in the book, a 17-year old student at a college in the UK called Havensdale. He’s a massive nerd. He’s friends with the head girl, Olive, but he’s also constantly on the radar of the school bully, Taylor Raven. He’s got history with Taylor, but not the type of history you might expect. Life as a nerd comes with it’s ups and downs, especially when he attracts the attention of Vincent Hunter as well. Is there any chance he might be able to escape the last year of college in peace, and maybe give another guy the reasons to love a nerd like him?
When I asked Becky if I could review this book, I honestly wasn’t too sure what to expect, and I say that for a lot of books, but I really wasn’t too sure what to expect. I didn’t know what Becky’s style of writing was going to be like, and I didn’t know if it was going to be a book I could really get into. And this might be something you ask yourself if you go and buy the book. Please, PLEASE, stick with it.
At times, I found myself questioning some of the ages of the characters. I had no doubt that they were in college, but I questioned whether a game called ‘Munchy Monsters’ would be popular with 17-year old British students, for example. This may throw you slightly, because I know it did throw me.
But this book takes in a lot of ground. It takes a very real setting, with very real situations, that many young people face every single day, and it touches upon mental health, not to mention that at least three of the main characters are within the LGBTQ+ community, so this book is big on representation.
The plot is well established but keeps you second guessing, and means that you’re constantly hooked. It’s a well crafted novel, and I’m very excited for Can You Love An Apple, which is the sequel and it’s already up on Wattpad so you could go binge read them right now online!
Becky’s an incredibly talent, and I’m sure she’s one to watch in the YA community.