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Not Your Sidekick
Not Your Sidekick | C B Lee
Welcome to Andover, where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship--only it turns out to be for the town's most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, whom Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there's the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious "M," who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.
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JSW
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“We can‘t just sit on our asses and not live our lives while we‘re trying to expose a corrupt government.” Truth.

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JSW
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Really fun book! I enjoyed the characters, futuristic setting, and the completely nonchalant presentation of queer folks. Also loved Jess. #queerbooks #readwomen Fantastic book for pre-teens, teens, and adults.

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RealLifeReading
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Jessica Tran desperately wants a superpower. She‘s the daughter of two superheroes and her sister is one too. So what‘s her ability? She doesn‘t seem to have any! She lands a dream job but soon learns she‘s working for her parents‘ enemies! But they‘re missing and instead a mysterious M is taking over. A fun read. Loved that the main character is a bisexual Vietnamese-Chinese teen & that her friends are a diverse lot.

MayaB1226 The synopsis sounds so interesting! 9mo
Erie Ooo, I loved that book! 9mo
RealLifeReading @MayaB1226 it‘s a fun read! 9mo
RealLifeReading @Erie have you read the next book? 9mo
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RealLifeReading
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Starting the morning off right with some scrambled eggs and half a buttered bagel. Also, a big mug of Yorkshire Gold with a splash of milk. I always start my mornings off with tea and then later I‘ll have an espresso. How about you? Are you a coffee or tea person?

bookishdawg Love your posts! Coffee coffee coffee ☕️ 10mo
MaleficentBookDragon I like both. I'm a mood drinker (like in most things). 😊 10mo
Krinak Coffee!! 10mo
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Melissa_J Only tea for me 😊 10mo
JSW Decaf coffee in the morning, then tea all day. Once a week I‘ll have full strength coffee. 10mo
JessClark78 Coffee! ☕️☕️ 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly I prefer tea, but I‘ve been drinking a lot more coffee since I had a baby. 10mo
Erofan Coffee ☕ But in the morning, when I wake up, I drink a glass of water! 10mo
Jeg I‘m the same as you. Tea first. Coffee later. Just one good coffee a day . Tea or water the rest of the day. 10mo
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vlwelser
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This was really great. I wish the library had the next in the series. 💖📚

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Kimberlone
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#Riotgrams | Day 8 | #Freebie

A stack of freebies I won at the Banned Books quiz awhile ago. Going to be donated to my sister‘s classroom library @Saknicole since I‘m not interested in reading any of them.

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JHgotham
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Out at a convention and met the author:) She was very nice and signed my book. I‘ve heard good things about this one.

BillBlume I loved this book! Hope you‘ll enjoy it, too. 1y
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Lindy
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An upbeat meta-human adventure set in the 22nd century & featuring a group of #queer teens of colour. The central character, Jess Tran, seems a lot like author C.B. Lee: a #bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American who enjoys outdoor activities. The pace is slow at the start but it picks up when corruption in a government superhero agency is uncovered. There‘s also a sweet lesbian romance. Next in this series features a Creole trans boy. #lgbt #YA

silentrequiem I really should read this. I've only owned it since it first came out... 2y
Lindy @silentrequiem That happens to me all the time: books I own go unread for years while I read hundreds of library books. 2y
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Lindy
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Nefarious abuse of power is going on. What do you think, Littens, is this sentence a Bitch Planet reference?:

“This is the last time you‘ve been noncompliant with the League rules,” [redacted] yells.

tournevis Probably not, but who cares! You be non-compliant and say it is! 2y
Lindy @tournevis 👊👌 2y
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Lindy
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“Bells is great. I love their hair, they always do those bright colours, and so often—“
“He,” Jess corrects. “Bells uses he/his pronouns.”
“Oh. I didn‘t know.” Abby takes a bite of her sandwich.
“It‘s okay. I think it‘s pretty cool you thought of using ‘they‘ when you didn‘t know for sure.”
#genderidentity #lgbtq
(Internet photo)

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Lindy
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The only time Jess has come close to being ‘known‘ was when she accidentally came out as #bisexual during sophomore English class while talking about her favourite poem. That‘s old news now. No one really cares, but it was exciting at the time. Jess had a few overwhelming weeks of curious looks and some intrusive questions until Emma and Bells put an end to it.
#LGBTQ
(Photo taken at Edmonton‘s Pride parade last week)

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Lindy
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It‘s a great feeling when you can pinpoint the exact moment in a plot that makes you sit up, take notice, and feel absolutely compelled to see where the author is taking you. For this book, it was on p. 139, pretty much the midpoint of the novel. Jess gives a wrong answer in her history class and then is determined to find out where she got the misinformation. Textbook content changes; I wasn‘t expecting that!

Reggie That synopsis sounds amazing. And I live for those moments in books, whether it‘s a dropping of a bomb or a subtle shift. 2y
Lindy @Reggie Yes, the book is really good. I‘m still formulating a review in my head, but one of the strengths is that the central characters are queer POC. 2y
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Lindy
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But it‘s hard to ruin a simple potato, and Jess is fond of all its forms, particularly tater tots. They‘re consistently good here, and by good Jess means not terrible.

(Another book, another #tatertot reference for @MrBook )

MrBook 😂😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Ddzmini Tots @MrBook tots 😋👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🤣 2y
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rach_simone
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Delightful read! Pretty predictable but so much fun!!! I can't wait for the next one in the series

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CiViiLy
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You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get sometimes when you're reading a book and rooting like crazy for the main character? That's what I felt while reading this book. I was rooting for Jessica Tran the entire time, and it was awesome. The inclusivity and diversity that was in this book was just 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼! It was so good and I cannot wait to read the sequel which is already out!

RealLifeReading I've been meaning to read this! Glad you enjoyed it 2y
CiViiLy @RealLifeReading It's a really good book with a diverse cast of characters. Enjoy it when you do! 2y
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CiViiLy
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Onto book #2 of the 2018! ☕️ 📚☕️📚☕️

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KaraDunn
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A fun comic book style adventure and love story, with a truly diverse cast of characters.

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Sue
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Today's #riotgram prompt is #underratedreads . Here are a few I don't think are talked about enough. Baby Groot thinks you should get into them!

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MissLisbeth
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Loved this! Read it in a single afternoon.

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Sue
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I can't believe September is here already. My jasmine is flowering and the summer heat is not far away.

Here are my stats for August - I read so much good stuff I couldn't possibly pick a fave.

Taayasbooks How do you know if an author is a PoC or gay? Sometimes I can't even tell if their name is male or female. 😳 2y
Ms_T 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Lindy @Taayasbooks If I'm not sure, I google an author for autobiographical information when I am summing up my monthly stats. 2y
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Taayasbooks @Lindy 😅 I usually just read, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or mental or physical problems the author might have. 2y
Lindy @Taayasbooks I try to read as diversely as possible, so I make an effort to seek out those authors right from the start (then, by the time I get to reading, I've forgotten biographical info, so I have to google). It is deeply rewarding. 2y
Sue @Taayasbooks Like @Lindy I also want to read as diversely as possible. I'm working on my POC representation at the moment. I'm also doing a long term 'read around the world' project to read something from every country. I have a list but keep getting distracted by new shiny things. 2y
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BookJunkie007
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I read Not Your Sidekick basically all in one day. It's a super cute story set in a post-WWIII world where, due to radiation, some people have acquired superpowers. Jess, the main character, is a canon bisexual biracial Asian-American (Chinese-Vietnamese) who feels like she's not good enough to fit in anywhere due to lack of superpowers, among other things. I really liked the plot and the book also features a canon f/f romance. Definitely reread.

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ness
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Last book of #24in48 with a little more than an hour to go!

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Chasingmermaids
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It was really fun. I saw a lot of the plot line coming. But because it was so good I honestly didn't care. The author did such a good job with making it enjoyable and diverse.

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BookwormBoutique
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One of my absolute favourite books (maybe ever?!) and I'm not usually one for superhero books. Definitely one you need to check out!

booknerd_reads AH I CANT WAIT TO READ THIS ✨ 3y
Chasingmermaids What I'm currently reading too!!! 3y
BookwormBoutique @booknerd_reads hope you love it! ☺️ 3y
BookwormBoutique @Chasingmermaids are you enjoying it? ☺️ 3y
Chasingmermaids I am!!!! I think it's such a fun idea and the diversity in it makes me so happy!!! 3y
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anima.libri
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I just loved this! It's cute, it's fun and it has a lot of action. The characters are pretty diverse, it's #ownvoices in some aspects (prota is bisexual and a first gen Asian-American) and the world is fascinating. Plus I just love superheroes and kickass heroines 💛

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danimgill
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This was a really fun read! Think the vibe of Sky High but with incredibly diverse characters and more worldbuilding. I will definitely be picking up the sequel when it comes out 💥

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danimgill
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This is about as much "wilderness" as I'll see today so I'm totally counting this floral pit stop on my walk to work as #booksinthewild for #riotgrams ???

brennahawleycraig Ohhh that book was definitely enjoyable! 3y
danimgill @brennahawleycraig Oh good! I haven't heard much about it but the premise sounded right up my alley so I figured it was worth a library borrow 😝 3y
brennahawleycraig @danimgill I got it to fill a challenge prompt and it pushed me out of my comfort zone for reading. I'm so glad I did! 3y
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Juli
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This is a cute fast paced story with some super characters. I liked the story and the internal dilemma but I wish the characters were developed a little more

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brownekr
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Tonight's bedtime read is very nicely colour-coordinated for my overall current bed aesthetic.

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rach_simone
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Went to the Rainbow Book Fair at John Jay. I ran into a friend who was working at a booth. Her wife works for Interlude Press! Picked up this book, which looks super cool. #LGBTQ #YA

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Mehso-so

A quick read for those who like their stories light-hearted and full of fun with a side of quality representation for biracial people, bisexual folk and transgender individuals. Not to forget, an endearing protagonist who's journey is one of self-discovery and getting the girl (yay for ladies loving ladies). Though a Young Adult novel, the writing read more like middle grade.

I give Not Your Sidekick 3 stars out of 5.

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Juli
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I am reading this right now and I love it! #thatsawkward when you work for your parents archenemy.

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earlgreyediting
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A fantastic YA book with a diverse cast and a cute f/f romance at its heart. The ending wobbled a bit, but overall I really enjoyed it.

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Juli
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Hello Friday! Enjoying my day off with some coffee and this little gem!

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WOCreads
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Finally feeling better so I spent today bundled up outside, rereading C.B. Lee's wonderful Not Your Sidekick. How are you all doing?

#diversebooks #diversesuperheroes #bisexuality #AsianAmLit

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Bibliogeekery
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This book was such a sweet, fun futuristic superhero story with a bisexual Asian teenager as the main character. The story includes complicating the ideas of good and evil, a transgender best friend, having immigrant parents with superpowers, a tender queer love story and some good old superhero conflict. So fun! #LitsyAtoZ #LetterL #queerbooks #transbooks #diversebooks

Peddler410 Sounds great! I'm going to look for it at my public library but in the meantime....is it appropriate for middle school? 3y
Bibliogeekery @Peddler410 it is. There is some kissing but It's pretty mild. 3y
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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Loved this YA adventure! Set in a post apocalyptic, post WWWIII, world, superheroes are real and so are super villains! This story features the daughter of two superheroes. She is both biracial and bisexual, and about to cross another societal division by taking an internship with the local villains!

#LitsyAtoZ #LetterL @BookishMarginalia

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Alicia
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My #marchstats! March was a shorter month for me. Out of town every weekend, family issues and ran a half marathon. Not to mention work! I was glad for #audiobooks this month. Only one #pocauthor and one #LGBTauthor. Hopefully in April I can increase those numbers. Read one for #litzyatoz and woefully few from #mountTBR. Here's to a good month!!

Cinfhen 10 books 🎉🎉🎉fabulous 3y
Alicia @Cinfhen thank you!! 3y
saguarosally Your low numbers are my high ones! 😜 By chance are you going to LA for the LA Festival of Books? 😄 3y
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Zmeyche

I can not just ask Abby if she likes girls or not! What if she dooes not know? What if… I… Yeah. It's too much risk.

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Zmeyche
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Sweet story about lgbtq teen superheroes? Count me in and keep them coming!

The book is great as it is - written for the young audience, exploring the typical for the age insecurities and anxieties and with no unnecessary drama.

superheroes + school crushes + secret identities = mess and so much more!

It's funny, it'sweet, it's the necessary distraction from mandatory reading.

I am already waiting for the sequel.

Peddler410 Would you say it's middle school appropriate? 3y
Zmeyche USA middle school? Sure. 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Love this dedication! 😍 #queerbooks

moranadatter I loved this one! I hope you do too. 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Starting this one! So excited!

Yamich49 Wooooo such a good one!! 3y
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earlgreyediting
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I like these chapter heading illustrations. Very comic book.

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kimberly.burke
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Jess Tran is just your average 17-year-old—she spends her time hanging with her friends, dealing with a major crush, and interning for the city's supervillains.

Tonally similar to The Incredibles, this book is fun and humorous, with a young-YA voice, a good cast of characters, a sweet f/f romance, and a cool futuristic/superhero world. Strong foreshadowing at times, but overall it's entertaining enough that it doesn't much matter!

(⭐️ for cover)

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angrylilasian
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Seeing a cover with an Asian American girl on the cover would have meant so much to me when I was a kid. So the kid inside me immediately #judgedbyitscover and grabbed this book. And then I read the back cover and knew I had judged right.
#marchintoreading
@RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Awesome! I sometimes wish I could experience all these diverse reads as a kid! 3y
angrylilasian @RealLifeReading me too! I'm happy that my kids will have all this and more! 😄 3y
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Alicia
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OMG so I have to ask major forgiveness of Lily @Broke_Girl_Reads! I got this WEEKS ago and totally forgot to post it!!! I am sooooo sorry!!! But! Here it is! I got it! And I am SO excited to read it! It's next up on my TBR on time to get to its next home! Thank you soooo much for the coloring pages as well. 🌈❤#gpq2 #queersgopostal

Broke_Girl_Reads It's all good @Alicia ! I'm glad it got to you and I hope you enjoy the book! 3y
Bibliogeekery 🎉🎉🎉 3y
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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Kicking off #MarchIntoReading with this month's TBR! Half of them are Audiobooks, because I love to listen while I work! Bless Audible for their sales! Who knew there were so many adventures to be had while stocking shelves?

#MarchTBR @RealLifeReading

CatLadyBibliophile Crooked Kingdom is SO good! 3y
SaturnDoo Ok, I must know but haven't asked yet...is this an app you use to make these pretty pictures? I am not real savvy when it comes to some of this tech stuff 😂😂 Nice list too ☺ 3y
LazyLimaLife That last one sounds hysterical! 3y
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks @SaturnDoo the green background is a close up of the my bedroom curtains. I used the editing tools in Instagram to adjust the colors to make them more vibrant and give it more contrast. Then I used the Litsy photo editing tools to add the text, stickers, white background, and frame. (edited) 3y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks @LazyLimaLife That's what I thought when I picked it up! I'm excited to read it! 3y
Laalaleighh ACOMAF 🙌🏼🙌🏼 3y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks @Laalaleighh Yes! I'm really enjoying it! 3y
Laalaleighh It's SO good. 3y
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mischa
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It took me a while to get into this, it wasn't until just after the halfway point that I couldn't put it down.

I love that there are LGBT characters in here and it isn't treated like a big deal. Looking forward to the sequel.

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BillBlume
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My dog Wicket always enjoys a good story before bedtime. #WicketsWorld #shelfie #dogsoflitsy #zzzzzzzzzzz

GypsyKat So cute! And I love that his name is Wicket! 😍 3y
TrishB Like Betsy who I'm looking after! 3y
Tanzy13 🐶 3y
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