Birthday by Meredith Russo

Title: Birthday

Author: Meredith Russo

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Published: May 31st 2019

ISBN: 9781474967419

Series: Standalone

Pages: 304

Edition: UK Paperback

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I bought this myself, all opinions are my own.

Meet Eric and Morgan.

Born on the same day, at the same time, in the same place. They’ve always shared this one day together, but as they grow up they begin to grow apart.

Everyone expects Eric to get a football scholarship, but no one knows he’s having second thoughts.
Former quarterback Morgan feels utterly alone, as she wrestles with the difficult choice to live as her true self.

Both of them are struggling to be the person they know they are. Who better to help than your best friend?

Told on one day every year, over six years, this is a story about how change pulls people apart… and how love brings them back together.

Birthday is a contemporary LGBTQ+ book, this is done from two points of view, Morgan who is transgender, she knows she’s a girl but currently in a boys body and she is struggling to tell her best friend, Eric and her father. Eric is our other point of view, he’s struggling with his family and doesn’t want to go for a football scholarship.

This story we follow them once a year on their birthday, they were born on the same day and their families met when they were both born in the hospital and got trapped during a snowstorm and have been friends ever since. We start at their 13th birthday, when Morgan realises that she needs to tell someone that’s she’s a girl. Eric can clearly tell that there was something that Morgan needed to tell him, but he wished that Morgan would tell him. But on their 14th we start to see that they are slowly drifting apart.

I thought that this was a fantastic read, I absolutely hated Eric’s father, he was a major homophobe and those parts I knew I needed to preserver through because I knew that it would all eventually work out AND IT HAD A PERFECT ENDING!

I highly recommend this book and it’s perfect for you to pick up as it’s pride month, so you should definitely grab a copy! I haven’t read Meredith Russo’s first book yet but I will be putting it on my wishlist!

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