XX is one of those books that you go into with no idea what you’re going to get from it – but I, personally, loved it. The characters felt so life-like & the plot so realistic that, when I finished it, I had to remind myself that it was fiction, & not a biography.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains discussions of violence, rape, miscarriage, homophobia (to the extreme) & mental health issues ⚠️
XX is a story about a same-sex couple, Rosie & Jules, & their fight to have a baby that, biologically, is both of theirs. It’s a very emotional story, with a lot of unexpected drama, that pulled me in so deeply that it genuinely felt like I was reading a biography.
When I first started reading XX the writing style reminded me of The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick, so much so that I initially had to check that the two books weren’t written by the same author… However, the story of XX was so much better than The Growing Season & a lot more memorable. XX was so well thought out & it’s obvious that a lot of energy went into making this book the best it could be.
Our main characters, Rosie & Jules, were wonderful lead characters & their relationship was such a joy to read. Angela Chadwick must know people very well, because all of her characters, but especially Rosie & Jules, felt beyond real… with all of their layers & feelings & thoughts – it was beautiful. On top of that, Rosie & Jules’ relationship felt so organic as well, & it was impossible not to root for them in their journey to become a family. I wanted them to get their baby so much that it hurt; they’re a couple that the reader can really get behind.
A lot happened in this book, but each & every event just helped reinforce how real the story felt; I ended the book feeling a little broody, but also desperate for something like the science in this book to be real one day. XX really makes you think about things & I know that there will be a lot of people who will hate this book & everything it stands for, but that just makes me love it even more.
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