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Georgie, All Along: An Uplifting and Unforgettable Love Story

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Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Bookpage, and more. As the two make their way through her wishlist, Georgie begins to realize that what she truly wants might not be in the pages of her diary after all, but right by her side--if only they can both find a way to let go of the pasts that hold them back.

Without going into detail, both Georgie and Levi go through some tough stuff at the end, and while I didn't love exactly how those hard moments were catalyzed (this is maybe my only major complaint about the book), the emotional aftermath of the low moment is done really well. Georgie’s journey is one of self-discovery and more importantly self-acceptance, becoming comfortable with who she is and doing what makes her happy with the love and support of her family and friends. Compared to something like, say Love Lettering, which has a more self-consciously artful style, reflecting the way the heroine perceives the world, Georgie, All Along has a deceptive simplicity to it which means it bounces along very readable and very funny (dropping lines like this like they’re nothing: " 'Okay, so,' I finally say, which everyone knows is the agreed-upon code for best friends when one of them is about to drop some kind of bomb. Thankfully, there are some redeeming qualities: Once everyone starts actually talking with each other, things start making some sense at least.

And I recognise it may sound weird to be “complaining” about heteronormativity in books that are ostensibly about straight people but, well, heteronormativity is like the patriarchy. But I should have trusted Kate Clayborn, because if there's one thing she does well (though, trust me, there's more than one), it's having a central a theme in each book, and finding all kinds of interconnected ways to explore it without letting it take over the emotional experience of the novel, or crush it with thematic didacticism.

The two agree to work through Georgie’s high school bucket list, and chasing her teenage dreams helps them to find grown-up happiness. For me—and again, I am speaking purely personal—there’s something very natural about the presentation of male vulnerability in KC’s writing: it may be shared with the heroine (and, indeed, the reader) but it always ultimately belongs to the character and the text treads as gently as the heroines do around these socially-charged exchanges of intimacy. Kate Clayborn's writing is magnetic and witty and expansive, and her characters feel as real and solid to me as my own limbs. Georgie Mulcahy is a delight, and the sweet and tender romance she finds, in the most unexpected of places, will make readers beam. While I enjoyed a lot about this book it was a little too slow going for my tastes and a little long in the tooth for what it is so I can't bump it up to four stars but I think many people will like it and I would read more of this author's work for sure.

Further disclaimer: Readers, please stop accusing me of trying to take down “my competition” because I wrote a review you didn’t like. His journey towards getting past his mistakes and learning to be kind to himself is beyond emotional. The fic inspires Georgie to do all the things she and Bel planned to do in high school, but never got around to.

Her novels have been named Best Romances of the Year by O, The Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post , Buzzfeed, Romper, and more. Needless to say, Georgie, All Along was a big win in my book—the kind of mouth-wateringly swoony romance that burrows deep into my soul and leaves an everlasting mark. So even if, like me, you would sooner throw yourself off a pier than be anything like you were in high school. The genuine and vulnerable nature of the characters, as well as their poignancy, are reflected beautifully in the pages. Instead of finding a new PA job in Los Angeles, Georgie decides to move back home, to a small town in Virginia, to help her best friend, Bel, who is almost ready to give birth to her first baby.To put in super blunt terms, the fact that it’s damage and toxic masculinity that creates these paradigms we are taught to find so desirable and admirable. She joins forces with Levi to fulfill her bucket list, not expecting to enjoy spending so much time with the grumpy, troubled man, who also happens to be the brother of her high school crush. I appreciated everyone who rounded out this story so nicely, from Georgie’s parents, to her bestie, Bel, to Levi’s estranged siblings, and *most especially* Levi’s dog, Hank! I was bored and cringed a lot, and I’m not entirely convinced that this is the same author of Luck of the Draw, which is by the way, a perfect book.

I love the delightfully whimsical way this book is written and tell me… is there anything better then butterfly inducing banter! Although I enjoyed the eponymous Georgie’s side I personally really preferred Levi’s story with his troubled childhood and fractured family relationships which added a great dimension to the overall book.Kate Clayborn's gorgeously written romances are a perfect counterbalance to the current wave of high-concept rom-coms. As the two make their way through her wishlist, Georgie begins to realize that what she truly wants might not be in the pages of her diary after all, but right by her side — if only they can both find a way to let go of the pasts that hold them back. All of which contributes to some (I mean, in my opinion, your mileage may vary) really delicate explorations of vulnerability, especially male vulnerability, in KC’s books, and Georgie, All Along is no different. While unpacking boxes at Bel’s house, Georgie finds an old journal that she and Bel had written in when they were thirteen. I have already taken up too many words of this review without talking about the characterization of Georgie and Levi.

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