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If It Makes You Happy: 08/19/19
If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann is an LGBTA YA romance set in a pair of small towns that brings to mind the set up of The Good Witch with the diversity problem fixed.
Winnie and her brother and their cousin are visiting their granny for the summer, as they have for the last many. Winnie's now the assistant manager of Goldeen's (named for the Pokémon), the dinner her granny owns.
As with television shows set in fictional small towns, there are a couple of side plots to keep things interesting. First there's a cooking competition that is scouting for contestants. Then there is the summer queen contest where others compete to be her champion. Finally there is Winnie's size and weight — and a condescending clinic doctor who sets off a summer-long squabble with her granny.
From all of this we get to know Winnie and see her relationship's ups and downs with her "ungirlfriend" Kara as well as her working through her feelings for the young man who is vying to be her summer king.
I loved this book for Winnie's strong voice, the well imagined town, her family dynamic, and the difficult questions Winnie has to face.
Claire Kann's third book is The Scavenger Hunt which comes out June 02, 2020.