ARC Review: The One True Me and You // Fandom, community, and queer identity

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: The One True Me and You
Author: Remi K. England
Genre/s and tags: Young adult, contemporary, romance, LGBTQ+, fandom
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication date: March 1, 2022
Content warnings: homophobia/lesbophobia, bullying, outing of nonbinary and lesbian characters
Goodreads synopsis: 

One small fandom convention. One teen beauty pageant.
One meet cute waiting to happen.

Up and coming fanfic author Kaylee Beaumont is internally screaming at the chance to finally meet her fandom friends in real life and spend a weekend at GreatCon. She also has a side quest for the weekend:

Try out they/them pronouns to see how it feels
Wear more masculine-presenting cosplay
Kiss a girl for the first time

It’s… a lot, and Kay mostly wants to lie face down on the hotel floor. Especially when her hometown bully, Miss North Carolina, shows up in the very same hotel. But there’s this con-sponsored publishing contest, and the chance to meet her fandom idols… and then, there’s Teagan.

Pageant queen Teagan Miller (Miss Virginia) has her eye on the much-needed prize: the $25,000 scholarship awarded to the winner of the Miss Cosmic Teen USA pageant. She also has secrets:

She loves the dresses but hates the tiaras
She’s a giant nerd for everything GreatCon
She’s gay af

If Teagan can just keep herself wrapped up tight for one more weekend, she can claim the scholarship and go off to college out and proud. If she’s caught, she could lose everything she’s worked for. If her rival, Miss North Carolina, has anything to do with it, that’s exactly how it’ll go down.

When Teagan and Kay bump into one another the first night, sparks fly. Their connection is intense—as is their shared enemy. If they’re spotted, the safe space of the con will be shattered, and all their secrets will follow them home. The risks are great… but could the reward of embracing their true selves be worth it?

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A big thank you to Wednesday Books for sending an e-ARC my way!
(This, of course, did not affect my overall opinion of the book.)

Hello book nerds! Today I’m sharing my review for one of my most anticipated releases this year! Now I’ve already heard some positive reviews prior to reading it, but no one could have prepared me for how much I was going to love this book.

The One True Me and You is simply heartwarming. It perfectly captures what it means to be in a fandom, the beauty of community, and exploring and owning your queer identity.

My thoughts on The One True Me and You

This book was just all sorts of incredible. Told in the alternating points of view of our two main characters, it immediately showed the various personalities of Kaylee and Teagan. It was light, easy to read, and best of all, relatable. The writing style opened up the readers to these characters, and as for me, I was immediately hooked!

This book perfectly captured what it’s like to be in a fandom, to find that safe space for yourself and other people, a community where you can just be and learn and explore. There were a lot of times when I paused reading this book and just took a breath because I could relate so much to what the characters, especially Kaylee, was going through. Fandoms, for me, are a safe place. I’ve learned so many things about me as a reader, an aspiring writer, as a music lover, as a queer person. I’ve met people and felt the most comfortable even when they’re “internet friends”. This is what this book showed and it is amazing to see that within these pages.

The One True Me and You also captured the essence of sisterhood and femininity. It was able to touch on some misconceptions and biases towards the pageant industry, and Teagan showed us that they are so much more than the glitz and the glam most people think of.

Lastly, this book was also a journey of being queer and figuring out your gender/sexuality in your own way. Throughout the book, we see both characters on different journeys; we various characters, different kinds of people, be loud and proud; we see a community that provides a safe space for queer people to be themselves. It’s amazing and it gives me comfort and hope.

As for the plot, it was straightforward, yet still so entertaining. Best of all, we saw the two main characters go through their arcs and learn and grow into the people they deserve to be.

Apart from that, the romance was just exquisite. It was a little short and fast, now that I think about it more. However, I think this is exactly the point of the story, the point the author was trying to make. You meet someone and the spark and the tension is there, and they bring out the best in you. And when that person is right, you know you just have to take risks and chances. That’s what our two main characters did here.

Overall, The One True and Me and You was just so simple, and yet so beautiful and profound. It’s a book that I know will bring so much comfort and warmth to its readers. So for those of you who are in fandoms, any fandom, this book is for you. Nerds, this is for us.


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