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Valerie Marsh and her three closest friends - Tara, Amber, and Kat - have just started their senior year of high school. Tara's a straight-A student with an Ivy League school in her future, Kat's the lead in every play performed at Riverbank High, and Amber is a popular cheerleader with boys lining up to date her. Valerie, meanwhile, has mediocre grades, works the light bo Valerie Marsh and her three closest friends - Tara, Amber, and Kat - have just started their senior year of high school. Tara's a straight-A student with an Ivy League school in her future, Kat's the lead in every play performed at Riverbank High, and Amber is a popular cheerleader with boys lining up to date her. Valerie, meanwhile, has mediocre grades, works the light booth while Kat's onstage, and has never even gone on a date with a boy. When Tara gets a boyfriend and convinces Valerie to ask her neighbor Lucas out on a double-date, things quickly go awry, leaving Valerie to wonder who exactly she is and where she fits in amongst her friends and peers. Enter Lindsay Walker, an outgoing British bombshell who switches places with Tara's sister Kara as part of an exchange student program offered by their schools. She quickly upstages Tara in front of her family, competes with Kat for the lead role in the winter play, and becomes just as popular as Amber, if not more. But even as tension grows between Lindsay and all of Valerie's friends, Valerie and Lindsay grow closer, and Valerie finds her world turned completely upside down as she struggles to answer questions about herself she’d never been brave enough to ask before.


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Valerie Marsh and her three closest friends - Tara, Amber, and Kat - have just started their senior year of high school. Tara's a straight-A student with an Ivy League school in her future, Kat's the lead in every play performed at Riverbank High, and Amber is a popular cheerleader with boys lining up to date her. Valerie, meanwhile, has mediocre grades, works the light bo Valerie Marsh and her three closest friends - Tara, Amber, and Kat - have just started their senior year of high school. Tara's a straight-A student with an Ivy League school in her future, Kat's the lead in every play performed at Riverbank High, and Amber is a popular cheerleader with boys lining up to date her. Valerie, meanwhile, has mediocre grades, works the light booth while Kat's onstage, and has never even gone on a date with a boy. When Tara gets a boyfriend and convinces Valerie to ask her neighbor Lucas out on a double-date, things quickly go awry, leaving Valerie to wonder who exactly she is and where she fits in amongst her friends and peers. Enter Lindsay Walker, an outgoing British bombshell who switches places with Tara's sister Kara as part of an exchange student program offered by their schools. She quickly upstages Tara in front of her family, competes with Kat for the lead role in the winter play, and becomes just as popular as Amber, if not more. But even as tension grows between Lindsay and all of Valerie's friends, Valerie and Lindsay grow closer, and Valerie finds her world turned completely upside down as she struggles to answer questions about herself she’d never been brave enough to ask before.

30 review for Time It Right

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    This book annoyed me from beginning to end. And it was entirely due to me not liking the main character. 99% of the other characters were great. And it's weird, but I normally don't like the guy friends in these books, but Lucas was also great. In theory I understood the decisions that were made. In practice they were crap. This book annoyed me from beginning to end. And it was entirely due to me not liking the main character. 99% of the other characters were great. And it's weird, but I normally don't like the guy friends in these books, but Lucas was also great. In theory I understood the decisions that were made. In practice they were crap.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    By necessity my review contains very minor spoilers. I don't mind spoilers but I know some will internet rage me for having any, but is impossible to properly review without mentioning something. The too long/didn't read version is at bottom. The Good: 1) It was interesting enough to encourage me to want to keep reading. 2) One of the female leads was very engaging and endearing which is the backbone of this book in my opinion. 3) Most of the supporting characters were decently detailed and likeable By necessity my review contains very minor spoilers. I don't mind spoilers but I know some will internet rage me for having any, but is impossible to properly review without mentioning something. The too long/didn't read version is at bottom. The Good: 1) It was interesting enough to encourage me to want to keep reading. 2) One of the female leads was very engaging and endearing which is the backbone of this book in my opinion. 3) Most of the supporting characters were decently detailed and likeable. 4) Men aren't pigeon holed into being only the funny supporting friend or absolute rape/molesting/violence crazed misogynist as I've seen in a few other books. 5) The romance, when present is, is entertaining. The Bad: 1) Length of book is a bit lacking but acceptable.Can read in about an hour, but for the $3.00 I paid, that's tolerable. 2) Valerie's love interest is a bit codependent and is sometimes taken advantage of by various people. The VERY Bad: //yes caps is needed. 1) The primary female love interest, Valerie. The, a book that I would have otherwise thoroughly enjoyed, is mired by a very unappealing young woman. Detailed explanation in spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[ At first Valerie is tolerable, but then she quickly devolves into a pusillanimous wretch who is more than willing to emotionally torture her girlfriend via playing games with relationship and be rude to her friends. I tried to sympathize with her feelings of not wanting to be considered homosexual at first, my empathy was stretched to exhaustion. While Valerie does get angry at the homophobia aimed at her love, she is not bothered enough to actually put herself in the line of fire. Worst of all, multiple times she threw away her relationship (albeit it begrudgingly) because she can't handle the thought that others will know she's gay. This of course devastates her girlfriend. Valerie even publicly denounced any feelings and tried to pretend she's into guys. She even had the nerve to block her girlfriend, who hadn't stalked her by the way, on both Facebook and cell phone. Valerie's actions transformed my mental image from that of an attractive young woman to that of a spineless, disembowelled, yellow haired dog who was whose last vestiges of a spine (the tail) being firmly fused in such a way to permanently be lodged between her legs. Whenever her character spoke I imagined that speaking or crawling. Being in the closet is very tough and coming out is usually even tougher and the thought of staying in the closet can be very reasonable except the facts that: 1) Valerie's family while not completely liking the idea of a gay daughter, neither degrades her, or evicts her; This is really tragic as she finally shows a drop of bravery and then recants her declaration of love for her girlfriend to them. 2) 99% of her friends are okay with the revelation, with only 1%, the one percent she doesn't even like much being the only homophobe; 3) There are other out and proud members who can and do support her, including her beloved; 4) Most people by the end of the book already deeply suspect her and she knows this; 5) her girlfriend is often more than willing to try to work with Valerie's fear and is beyond supportive. 6) If Valerie insists on being a coward she shouldn't be such a jerk to throw away their relationship. 7) Her fear, or rather her rationale was that her girlfriend would be leaving soon and therefore not worth the risk. In other words, she says "I love you", but means (barely) it for a few months. 8) This is the worst of them, Valerie's girlfriend literally begs, yes, begs for any sign that her love is real in public even after being dumped multiple times. Worst of all, she comes back for more. Her girlfriend literally asked for her to be out for only one month (time before they graduate) and was told with tearful eyes to bugger off (well slightly more polite, but with same meaning). 9) Literally the day of graduation Valerie slinks from her hidey hole and waves her rainbow coloured flag over the body of her relationship. Even then only to her close friends till college. Oddly enough when she gets there she's more openly supportive of the rainbow colors than Polychrome from The Wizard of OZ series. Not going to mention how her ex-girlfriend responds to that. So as described, Valerie had a damn good support system. Far more than the other homosexuals in the book. While her school wasn't exactly gay friendly, she was neither alone, was given multiple concessions and forgiven for her betrayals and spinelessness, yet she still wouldn't stand or even try to work things out behind doors. To a limited extent I could handle her cowardice, but when she started throwing her girlfriend's love back in her face, which Valerie claimed she wanted, I could stand no more. Her girlfriend for 99% of the book was treated like an experiment in sexuality or drug habit. If that's the case, say so. Saying I love you is not the same as showing love.Valerie outs herself only to four people before graduation, all of which sworn to secrecy. Everyone else who learns from accidents. (hide spoiler)] Such a turn out is really disheartening as I like much of this book. But when every page or so inspires disdain of the lead character, the joy is drained. The pleasure is even more so diminished when Valerie's girlfriend, who is one of my favourite characters in the book, is consistently being misused. That is the reason for the low score. An otherwise worthwhile book that could have redeemed itself from the troubles its main character brings are never really resolved. She makes me wonder if given the chance would she do what she did again. Luckily this is fiction. I would likely buy a book by this author again as she is not unskilled, it's just that this book had a fatal flaw. TL;DR VERSION: The entire book reads as a love story mired by a cowardly woman who despite feeling strong emotions wants a romance of convenience and is more than willing to drop her beloved like a hot rock when the sea, no, not sea, tiny puddle gets rough (more like a ripple) and that's while wearing an inner tube and floaties. I spent the entire book going from 'this is good' to, 'O For the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster!' and face palming.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Lesbian coming-of-age stories are almost always difficult for me to relate to. They typically center around the character who's just coming to terms with her orientation, rather than the character who's known she was gay from a very early age. The latter is typically reserved for the role of love interest, and this book is no exception to that rule. So, to start with, I tended to identify with Lindsay, the love interest in the story, rather than Valerie, the protagonist. That turned out to be a r Lesbian coming-of-age stories are almost always difficult for me to relate to. They typically center around the character who's just coming to terms with her orientation, rather than the character who's known she was gay from a very early age. The latter is typically reserved for the role of love interest, and this book is no exception to that rule. So, to start with, I tended to identify with Lindsay, the love interest in the story, rather than Valerie, the protagonist. That turned out to be a real problem. Lindsay was already very charming, but Valerie's treatment of her became fairly...loathsome, a quality that only increased as the book went on. My eventual dislike for the main character made for very difficult reading. Part of me knows that it's unfair for any one person to judge any other person's coming out experience, let alone trying to quantify and compare pain; I know with absolute certainty that my experience was no more valid than anyone else's. In this case, however, I found I just couldn't forgive the way Valerie went about it. It's one thing to suffer in silence, but it's another thing entirely to heap punishment upon the shoulders of the one who loves you most, and that's exactly what Valerie did here; she made Lindsay suffer. As a result, I found it difficult to find much sympathy for her. Now, on a technical level, this book was as well-written as all of Ms. Maley's books are. The characterization was fairly deep, the side characters were easily distinguishable, etc. Based purely on the quality of writing, the book deserves a high rating. Based on the actual content, however, I just don't feel I can rate it higher than two stars. While it started well, this became a largely negative experience for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rain

    3.5 stars. High school. A main character who thinks she's straight. Then discovers she's not. Not very different from other stories, only the friend she begins to develop feelings for is outside of her circle of best friends. She's an exchange student and also not straight. There were some parts I disliked, and I wasn't a fan of Valerie and the way she treated Lindsay, but I also had issues with the latter, who I thought was just selfish at a certain point of the story ((view spoiler)[-- I'm tal 3.5 stars. High school. A main character who thinks she's straight. Then discovers she's not. Not very different from other stories, only the friend she begins to develop feelings for is outside of her circle of best friends. She's an exchange student and also not straight. There were some parts I disliked, and I wasn't a fan of Valerie and the way she treated Lindsay, but I also had issues with the latter, who I thought was just selfish at a certain point of the story ((view spoiler)[-- I'm talking about her attitude towards Sarah. I didn't like how she didn't seem to care about Sarah's feelings at all. She's dating her, but is willing to just dispose of her as soon as/if Valerie agrees to get back together. Hm. (hide spoiler)] ). However I think all of the characters, in general, were well-developed, and despite the few issues I had, the story held my interest and I enjoyed it for the most part.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emanuele

    Okay, so when I started reading this book and for almost 70% of it I was enjoying it. I as laughing and awe-ing and crushing on Valerie a lot. But then.. then the book got weird, and some things wasn't make sense anymore. It got weird and ended too fake to pretend it would be possible. Okay, so when I started reading this book and for almost 70% of it I was enjoying it. I as laughing and awe-ing and crushing on Valerie a lot. But then.. then the book got weird, and some things wasn't make sense anymore. It got weird and ended too fake to pretend it would be possible.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Time it Right felt quiet different than the author's other books, probably because it was her first. It took me longer to get into it, but by the end I thought it was a great. Valerie and her three friends are in their senior year of high school, and while things have been the same forever, they're finally starting to change. Val is the only single one, and when she tries to date her neighbor, it doesn't go too well. Then her friend Tara's family gets an exchange student from England, and Lindsa Time it Right felt quiet different than the author's other books, probably because it was her first. It took me longer to get into it, but by the end I thought it was a great. Valerie and her three friends are in their senior year of high school, and while things have been the same forever, they're finally starting to change. Val is the only single one, and when she tries to date her neighbor, it doesn't go too well. Then her friend Tara's family gets an exchange student from England, and Lindsay just may be the person she was waiting for. Time It Right did start out a bit rough for me. Part of that was because it's in third person and we're immediately introduced to four girls, so it was hard to keep them all straight and figure out who the main character was. After a couple of chapters, I did finally settle into Val's story with minimal confusion. Her coming out story is darker than other ones I've read. In fact, this is more of a not coming out story. Valerie is terrified of how her classmates are going to treat her after witnessing other gay students get bullied. She's also worried about her less than open-minded friend Amber, and her mother who seems more interested in Val's relationships with boys than she is! This is all valid! I loved that the author showed that it's okay to not come out if you're not ready or don't feel safe to do so. Valerie did get pressure from Lindsay, but I think she handled it perfectly. Time It Right is all about the personal decision to come out or not. Ultimately it's Valerie's choice, and she's not going to let anyone out her--although there are a few accidents--and she's certainly not going to let the first girl she dates give her an ultimatum when she's going to be leaving in a couple of months! After the rough beginning, I was very happy with the direction the story took because I think it's an important path to show. Time It Right isn't a sad, dark story though. Val does have a tough time during her final semester of high school. She realizes she's gay, gets some support and some horrified reactions, falls in love, gets her heartbroken, but she takes control and comes out on her own time. There is a happy ending though, so don't worry! Read more of my reviews at Pinkindle Reads & Reviews.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nomcy 2.0

    Glad to know that I'm not the only one that felt like smacking valerie half the time. Glad to know that I'm not the only one that felt like smacking valerie half the time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Giovanna Mandarino

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I usually like Siera Maley's books but this one had way too much high school drama for me... Valerie prefering to stay friends with a homophobic girl instead of working things out with Lindsay was so weird? The girl literally stood on the pouring rain and told her she wanted her back. I know the problem is mostly me, a 21 year old person, reading a book targeted for teenagers, but I know her other works and they are definitely better. Still, the book before the chaos started was nice, her friends I usually like Siera Maley's books but this one had way too much high school drama for me... Valerie prefering to stay friends with a homophobic girl instead of working things out with Lindsay was so weird? The girl literally stood on the pouring rain and told her she wanted her back. I know the problem is mostly me, a 21 year old person, reading a book targeted for teenagers, but I know her other works and they are definitely better. Still, the book before the chaos started was nice, her friends (except Amber) are great.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Claire (Book Blog Bird)

    I’ve been on a Siera Maley binge recently. I really like her style of writing and she writes awesome f/f romances. This one was about a group of friends who all have their lives disrupted when a new girl joins their school on an exchange trip, not least of all the MC, who ends up realising she’s gay. What I liked most about this book was that it took a long hard look at he difficulties in a relationship when one of you is out and one isn’t and how stressful it is for both.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Misago

    Okay, this one made me angry. And I feel bad getting angry about this story, because I read another book from the author yesterday and really liked it. Even worse, I liked this book a lot, for most of the story. I was set to happily give it five stars and put it on my favorites list. Obviously, that didn't happen. So yeah, spoiler warning, for those who end up reading this for some reason. Let me talk about endings. I've read a lot of romance novels, or fantasy novels with a focus on romance, and i Okay, this one made me angry. And I feel bad getting angry about this story, because I read another book from the author yesterday and really liked it. Even worse, I liked this book a lot, for most of the story. I was set to happily give it five stars and put it on my favorites list. Obviously, that didn't happen. So yeah, spoiler warning, for those who end up reading this for some reason. Let me talk about endings. I've read a lot of romance novels, or fantasy novels with a focus on romance, and it feels to me like a lot of them don't want to have a satisfying ending. I don't know if this is how many people like it, or if it is more artistic that way. But I find it incredibly frustrating to get involved in the lives of characters, live through all their drama, get emotionally invested, see them finally find a measure of happiness, get even more invested, cheer along for them to take the last obstacle to their relationship/problems in life, and then... Nothing. Come to think of it, if the rest of the book hadn't been so amazing, I wouldn't be so angry at the ending. I got really, really invested. I love this kind of drama. I love stories that can be summed up as "good people making bad decisions for understandable reasons", and that's what this was. There were no big villains, no psycho exes or anything... there were some homophobic lowlifes who can eff off, but other than that... even the guys were pretty decent. The relationship between Valerie and Lindsay, and to a lesser extend Valerie and (most of) her friends was really sweet. I felt bad for Valerie for all the fears she went through. I understood her reasons for not coming out, even when Lindsay did not want to be the dirty little secret. And Lindsay was understanding and patient... until she couldn't anymore. She took blow after blow, protecting Valerie, until I could not fault her for having enough anymore. They had a big fight, Valerie broke Lindsay's heart. I feld incredibly bad for Lindsay, even as I understood Valerie. Then Lindsay's exchange term ended and she left, back to England. Valerie goes through the painful process of removing her from all contacts, block and delete her number. Cue timeskip to Valerie in college. She's out now, she goes to her first class and... Lindsay is there, having (as kinda sorta hinted at) chosen to apply to a college in the US if she found a reason (like, say a girlfriend) to stay. They sorta hint at that this time, things are different, and end with Valerie asking Lindsay to come to a planned outing with their friends. WHAT. After all this emotional baggage they carried around this entire time, all the heartbreak, all the fighting, and relationship building, and the talks, and the pain and everything... They just decide to maybe, possibly get back together. All the emotional high just... poof. Gone. No mentions of lingering attachments, or regret, or ANYTHING. Like they met for the first time at college. Would have made no difference. And then its just the old "well, they have another chance now". Like someone inflated a balloon bigger and bigger, until it was full to burst, and I sat there in anticipation of the big bang and the end... and the person just let go of the seal and all the air just sputtered out, depriving me of all the expected catharsis. This was basically another rant more for my benefit than for others. So as much as I liked the writing style and the character building, I can't in good consciousness give this story anything better than one star. That's how much the ending ruined it for me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    I know many people want to slap Valerie for being so dense, but having been in her shoes once, I know that rationality flies out of the window when you're scared, no, terrified of coming out. Every bad reaction, every hurtful remark gets scrutinized under a magnifying glass and you can't put things into perspective. It's GREAT when people tell you "It's okay" (view spoiler)[(Those words ALWAYS pierce right through me. When I came out, shaking with tears, to someone important to me- conservative, I know many people want to slap Valerie for being so dense, but having been in her shoes once, I know that rationality flies out of the window when you're scared, no, terrified of coming out. Every bad reaction, every hurtful remark gets scrutinized under a magnifying glass and you can't put things into perspective. It's GREAT when people tell you "It's okay" (view spoiler)[(Those words ALWAYS pierce right through me. When I came out, shaking with tears, to someone important to me- conservative, bigoted, thus my desperation - those words were my saving grace. It's so powerful, so I really liked the portrayal of that scene with Kat. It's highly important.) (hide spoiler)] but it's enough if your mother or father or whoever says something offensive and hurtful to remind you that some person very important to you might think badly of you if they knew - for something you didn't choose, for something you can't help. That makes people act in very stupid ways, especially teenagers who seem to have a knack for that. Lindsay was so sweet, she's definitely a keeper. I would like to be her friend, if she was real. She'd be a really cool person. And Val was extremely lucky, to be honest, to snatch such a jewel. All in all, the characters felt mostly real and genuine. Some people do indeed surprise you in real life (good and bad) and it was shown nicely. I wished we had gotten more Tara-Val interaction. From the get go, I sensed that there was huge pontential (view spoiler)[ Ha! I knew Val had a thing for her... I'd have liked to see Val struggle more with THAT realization. It's such a cliché, the best friend, but I cannot say I was spared that experience either. Almost a rite of passage *sigh* (view spoiler)[ there, but alas, their friendship was absent for most of the book. It's a nice story to read when you don't want too much fluff but not too much hurt, either. I definitely recommend this book. Personally, I liked it more than the classic "Keeping You A Secret" by Peters, and I will keep track of Maley. She's got some real potential there. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  12. 4 out of 5

    M. Hollis

    "Well, she certainly felt alone now. Not only for being the only girl to not have some boy after her, but for being the only girl to not want some boy after her. Without Tara matching her every reaction at their next sleepover while Amber or Kat shared boy stories, it would just be Valerie lying there alone, not understanding or relating." Time it Right was a good book at first. This is exactly the kind of story I wish I could go back to 13 yo Maria and show her that she isn't alone, and that is "Well, she certainly felt alone now. Not only for being the only girl to not have some boy after her, but for being the only girl to not want some boy after her. Without Tara matching her every reaction at their next sleepover while Amber or Kat shared boy stories, it would just be Valerie lying there alone, not understanding or relating." Time it Right was a good book at first. This is exactly the kind of story I wish I could go back to 13 yo Maria and show her that she isn't alone, and that is completely perfect to feel the way she used to feel during her teenage years. I related a lot to Valerie and her story of coming out, especially to her friends. The gay references here also made me very happy (especially the nod to DEBS!!). I just feel like the last 20% of the book lost me a bit. There was some drama that could have been handled it a little bit better. But still, this is a book that I know LGBT teens will love and need to read. I'd have loved with all my heart years ago. I also want to point out that this is Siera Maley's first book and, having read her last one before this, I'm glad that I could see how much she is growing as a writer. It's easy to see how much better her stories and characters are sounding in the text now. She is definitely the go to for lesbian happy endings with cute love stories!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Stein

    YA lesfic: Valerie is the non-achieving friend in a small high-achieving group of girls, seniors in HS. When Lindsey, a British exchange student, arrives her interactions with Valerie lead Valerie to question her sexuality, especially since she seems to have no interest in boys. But while eventually Lindsay wants to be out about herself, Valerie is way too frightened of the repercussions. This leads to a back and forth in the relationship and an eventual ending that seems a bit contrived, but be YA lesfic: Valerie is the non-achieving friend in a small high-achieving group of girls, seniors in HS. When Lindsey, a British exchange student, arrives her interactions with Valerie lead Valerie to question her sexuality, especially since she seems to have no interest in boys. But while eventually Lindsay wants to be out about herself, Valerie is way too frightened of the repercussions. This leads to a back and forth in the relationship and an eventual ending that seems a bit contrived, but because this is after all a romance, you have to have the HEA, so the book gets a pass. The book held my attention and I stayed up quite late to finish it. The tension is more pronounced in the final 1/3 which is probably why I was eager to get to the end. The secondary characters, especially Lucas and Kat, were particularly strong and it was ironic that Valerie seemed to have the most clever and interesting conversations with Lucas, even more so than with Lindsay. I wanted Valerie to show us a bit more of Valerie's strong attraction to Lindsay and a bit less of her fear. This would have made the pairing a little more believable. But all in all a good coming out YA novel, complete with the pretty common trope of the "new girl in school" whose arrival upends the life of the MC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    J

    There are many positives to Maley's writing. Her greatest strength is an ability to write Val's inner monologues in a way that felt authentic to her age and personality. These reflections on her experiences led us through her journey to deeper self-understanding. Paradoxically, even though the characters had jumbled emotions, or were less than forthcoming with themselves about their own motivations, these were communicated with a clarity that kept me engaged. The piece had minor editing problems, There are many positives to Maley's writing. Her greatest strength is an ability to write Val's inner monologues in a way that felt authentic to her age and personality. These reflections on her experiences led us through her journey to deeper self-understanding. Paradoxically, even though the characters had jumbled emotions, or were less than forthcoming with themselves about their own motivations, these were communicated with a clarity that kept me engaged. The piece had minor editing problems, particularly missing words that noticeable in important lines of dialogue (like that). It also seemed to run a bit long, which could have been remedied through selective pruning of scenes, particularly those surrounding the preparations and performances of the drama students. Aspects of this storyline felt like an homage to Bjorkman's My Invented Life, and could easily sit on a school library shelf next to any title of Julie Anne Peters or Lauren Myracle. Another promising new author has arrived on scene.

  15. 4 out of 5

    JulesGP

    Genuine Story of First Love Whenever I begin a Siera Maley book, I end up getting just a couple of hours of sleep before I have to go to work. Why? Because it's impossible to stop reading her books before the end. Time it Right is no exception. Valerie is a young woman trying to understand herself and her own strengths and weaknesses. She falls in love for the first time in her life and it's with an exchange student from England, named Lindsey. Via that love, Val begins the journey of coming out. Genuine Story of First Love Whenever I begin a Siera Maley book, I end up getting just a couple of hours of sleep before I have to go to work. Why? Because it's impossible to stop reading her books before the end. Time it Right is no exception. Valerie is a young woman trying to understand herself and her own strengths and weaknesses. She falls in love for the first time in her life and it's with an exchange student from England, named Lindsey. Via that love, Val begins the journey of coming out. Funny, heartbreaking, sweet, everything a first love should be. The main characters are multi layered, the friends are great too. The story seems simple enough but the author makes the leads so genuine, both flawed and powerful, that I was totally invested to the end. Now please, Ms. Maley, write that sequel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I loved the two main characters, I found myself frustrated with Valerie sometimes, I just wanted to slap her and tell her that her happiness comes first. Valerie and Lindsey's relationship totally pulled me in, I couldn't stop reading I until I knew what happened between and even though i was happy with the ending, I wish they kind of did a month or year prologue to see what would of happened. I would recommend reading this book :) I loved the two main characters, I found myself frustrated with Valerie sometimes, I just wanted to slap her and tell her that her happiness comes first. Valerie and Lindsey's relationship totally pulled me in, I couldn't stop reading I until I knew what happened between and even though i was happy with the ending, I wish they kind of did a month or year prologue to see what would of happened. I would recommend reading this book :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Raven Etheridge

    The fourth book that I've read of Siera Maley on my book binge before I move on to The Noble of Sperath (The Heirs of Eveinia Book 1) and Colorblind. I'm excited! She has me hooked on all of her stories! Once again, a great story. The plot was great and I loved its development and narrative. The third person POV threw me off a little because I've been reading first person for the past two-three days so I wasn't expecting it. But I guess it would make sense the change in POV since this is one of h The fourth book that I've read of Siera Maley on my book binge before I move on to The Noble of Sperath (The Heirs of Eveinia Book 1) and Colorblind. I'm excited! She has me hooked on all of her stories! Once again, a great story. The plot was great and I loved its development and narrative. The third person POV threw me off a little because I've been reading first person for the past two-three days so I wasn't expecting it. But I guess it would make sense the change in POV since this is one of her earlier books, if not the first. The emotional turmoils were really well-written and I liked that this book had more of a coming-out aspect to it than her other books. (Spoiler???) (view spoiler)[It's a really difficult thing to do and it really should be written about more because you don't really see a lot of talk about when a person is ready to come out. It's usually about after them coming out and the "hurray and freedom!" when it comes to that topic and I don't think we give enough consideration to those who just aren't ready to come out and want to on their own terms. I'm glad that Siera Maley covers that in this book. I'm also glad that she covers that it's okay to not want to be in a secret relationship and having to force yourself back into the closet. Neither of those things are toxic or negative or selfish, which is often a misconception that a lot of people have of this type of situation and I'm glad she explains that it was timing. (hide spoiler)] Once again, the characters were amazing and I loved them! I love seeing the journey of Valerie as she discovers who she is as a person. I love that we really got to see it from to start to as finish as anyone can be in the end of the story. I love that her friends were supportive and the struggle of those who had a harder accepting her, including herself. It was great to see that Lindsey wasn't the stereotypical lesbian (that you see all the time in media, mostly written by straight people) who was trying to force Valerie out of the closet. It was refreshing to see her help Valerie in her adventures of uncovering who she is. I liked that the jealousy between the four girls never came to a point where it was just incredibly toxic and horrible, (view spoiler)[aside from like Amber (hide spoiler)] . They were realistic and you really felt for them and I think we all know by now how much of a sucker I am for stuff like that. This book also had a surprise for me and his name is Lucas. I don't usually like male characters because they're often written really horribly and they're boring most of the time but Lucas was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. I actually really liked his character because he was an ass but he was an ass that you could like. He was a break-out character for me and while I do like the main characters more, I would say that he was my second favorite. As for the other characters, I do think that the friendship between the four girls were established well at the beginning. There was good exposition for it, but I didn't see it throughout as much as I would have liked to. I know that the friendship was there but I didn't feel the closeness despite the circumstances. You know, Tara was like the best friend but we had the least interactions between her and Valerie. (view spoiler)[I understand that Kat was pissed about what Valerie did but it felt like it was really easy for her to just drop Valerie but that might just be me nitpicking. (hide spoiler)] And I felt like Amber was the odd one out instead of Valerie. I didn't really understand how she was one of their best friends. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it didn't feel like they were best friends, it felt like they were just closed friends. But it wasn't really a negative, it didn't like take away a star because I still feel like this is a five star book because of how it made me feel. I just would have liked to see the best friends aspect of it more. I really wish that Amber would have taken a different direction with her hate but oh well, we can't have them all. I actually liked the ending, I didn't think I was going to but I did. The characters were awesome as always! I will be ordering the paperback version of this novel, along with On the Outside in the upcoming week and probably the other two books that I have yet to read. Such a magnificent story!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Roxie Prince

    Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. 'Time It Right' by Siera Maley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 Finished on February 28, 2017 Read with Kindle Unlimited Subscription FREE with Kindle Unlimited | $2.99 on Kindle | $11.99 in Paperback BOOK DESCRIPTION: 'Time It Right' centers around Valerie Marsh and her three best friends, Tara, Amber, and Kat. Tara is studious and set to attend an ivy league college after graduation. Amber is a popular cheerleader who jumps from boyfriend to boyfriend. And Kat has Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. 'Time It Right' by Siera Maley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 Finished on February 28, 2017 Read with Kindle Unlimited Subscription FREE with Kindle Unlimited | $2.99 on Kindle | $11.99 in Paperback BOOK DESCRIPTION: 'Time It Right' centers around Valerie Marsh and her three best friends, Tara, Amber, and Kat. Tara is studious and set to attend an ivy league college after graduation. Amber is a popular cheerleader who jumps from boyfriend to boyfriend. And Kat has the lead role in every play their high school puts on and a long-term boyfriend. Valerie is the only one of the four who can't seem to really find her place. She's never had a boyfriend and doesn't really seem to have any talents. When Tara gets her first boyfriend, she convinces Valerie to go on a double-date with her, much to her chagrin. To placate her friend, Valerie asks her her guy friend, Lucas, to go with her, unknowing that he has harbored a crush on her for quite some time. Things quickly go off the rails, leaving Valerie question what is wrong with her -- why she can't just be like her friends. Then, Tara's family take in Lindsay, a beautiful and gregarious foreign exchange student from the UK. Lindsay upstages Tara in her family, usurps Kat's part in the school play, and is stiff competition for Amber's spot as most popular. More than anything, though, she awakens feelings in Valerie that she's never before experienced. MY REVIEW: I read this book as part of my #yearofindiewomen. COVER: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5 This is a cute cover. I would have probably picked this up as a teenager. It's simple but not overdone. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 Maley does characters well. This is the second novel of Maley's I've read, the first being 'Taking Flight' which I absolutely adored, and 'Time It Right' did not disappoint either in the character department. Each and every one is complex and well-rounded. As the novel progresses, they grow and evolve naturally without any real hiccups that feel unnatural or rushed. As a reader, you get the sense that Maley understands teenagers and teenage relationships of all sorts, not just gay and straight. She portrays friendships and parental and sibling relationships well, too. WRITING STYLE: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 Again, as I said in my review of 'Taking Flight', I very much like Maley's style. She's a natural storyteller. I won't waste your time by repeating myself here. If you'd like to know more, you can check out my earlier review. OVERALL REVIEW: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 What I liked most about this book was how real it was. 'Time It Right' is the perfect title. A lot, if not most, romances out there paint these, almost, too-perfect pictures. Ones that are unrealistic, and I have a hard time with those stories. It's why I don't read and enjoy many romance-centered stories. But this story is not like that. It's about how you can fall in love, but the timing isn't always right. Without being too spoilery, this novel tackles the topic of coming out and doing it when you're ready and not too soon. This is another topic that's important to talk about and one that Maley does and does well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Délia Trembletom

    Ok so I'd grade this a 3.5 stars only because this book is not Sierra Maley's best work and because I'm mad at her. The reviews stating that the main protagonist, Valérie is very unlikable and all are not all too objective. People, and yeah LGBTQ+ people handle their sexuality differently from one another. And the way I see things is that Val was very honest; rather the author wrote her honestly. What I mean is that there are undecisive people out there, who feel rushed and pressured into coming Ok so I'd grade this a 3.5 stars only because this book is not Sierra Maley's best work and because I'm mad at her. The reviews stating that the main protagonist, Valérie is very unlikable and all are not all too objective. People, and yeah LGBTQ+ people handle their sexuality differently from one another. And the way I see things is that Val was very honest; rather the author wrote her honestly. What I mean is that there are undecisive people out there, who feel rushed and pressured into coming out, by their environment, their friends or some circumstances... Anyway, this book and the story it tells is very genuine. Of course this is the second LGBTQ+ book I'm reading that showcase the tendency LGBTQ+ people have of falling in love with their best friends (what's up with that?). I really liked how the story progressed; I liked the interactions with the characters, and sometimes I was mad at them, and other times I wasn't. I'm not saying there are no clichés, though, and they're adressed pretty well; not all gay guys have a gene that "typically gave gay men good fashion sense". I didn't always agree with Val but I understood most of her choices, although i'm pretty sure if I'd ever loved someone the way she loved Lyndsay, I'd have come out to the entire universe. But that's me, or that's you, and not the main character. If Val, Lyndsay, Lucas and other few characters were well written and seemed whole, others didn't. Like Amber was this judgy, religious, hypocrite, poser... Okay she wasn't maybe my favorite character. And by far, Lyndsay was my favorite, and what she did in order to protect Val's secret. I mean I guess she was an exchange student and that she wasn't that concerned with the repercussions; so saying or doing things that put her in that situation (NO SPOILERS) was easier to do.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea L

    Everything was all right for a while. I loved Valerie, I loved Lindsay, I loved Lucas, and Kat and Tara and a little bit Valerie's father. Amazing characters, they are. I loved the whole "discovering your sexuality" that was relatable AF, and I really enjoyed the friendships, and the coming out and the romance. The romance was sweet and cute and I fell in love with the idea of them together. Alas, I'm upset. THAT ENDING. No. Scratch that. THAT LAST 15%. I HATED IT OMFG. OK, I'm being a little bit o Everything was all right for a while. I loved Valerie, I loved Lindsay, I loved Lucas, and Kat and Tara and a little bit Valerie's father. Amazing characters, they are. I loved the whole "discovering your sexuality" that was relatable AF, and I really enjoyed the friendships, and the coming out and the romance. The romance was sweet and cute and I fell in love with the idea of them together. Alas, I'm upset. THAT ENDING. No. Scratch that. THAT LAST 15%. I HATED IT OMFG. OK, I'm being a little bit over dramatic. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it. I do understand why it ended the way it did, and it's fine I guess. But, if the story was gonna take that turn, the author should've given us a different ending. IDK, I just felt really let down, like the ending didn't make justice for the rest of the story. So I'm upset. Also, this one feels different to other Maley's books. It's a lot of tell rather than show, and a loooot of infodumps in the first 20% or so. I'm not super upset about it, but after reading other of her more recent books, I completely felt the change and was expecting better. As always, Maley's books have amazingly well crafted characters. Everyone felt real and human. I loved most of them (the homophobes being the only exception). So yeah. I'd recommend it, but not really. It depends on what you're in the mood for reading and what your expectations are going in. It was good and enjoyable, but far from perfect. [Tercer libro leído en Junio 2020 en honor al Pride 🏳️‍🌈]

  21. 4 out of 5

    cameron

    I really disliked the main character in this book which led to me disliking the book as a whole. It’s about a girl coming to terms with her sexuality, which is getting kind of boring in the sapphic genre. This really did nothing exciting or innovative. The main character also makes the romance very toxic. Valerie Marsh and her three closest friends have just started their senior year of high school. When her friend Tara gets a boyfriend and and convinces Valerie to go on a double date, things qu I really disliked the main character in this book which led to me disliking the book as a whole. It’s about a girl coming to terms with her sexuality, which is getting kind of boring in the sapphic genre. This really did nothing exciting or innovative. The main character also makes the romance very toxic. Valerie Marsh and her three closest friends have just started their senior year of high school. When her friend Tara gets a boyfriend and and convinces Valerie to go on a double date, things quickly go awry, leaving Valerie to question who she is. Enter Lindsay, a girl who becomes more than friends with Valerie. I know that this is Siera Maley’s first book, and she was just learning so I shouldn’t be too hard on it, but this was just bad. Valerie is an awful character, and I’m forced to read about her in the first person. The way she handles coming out was terrible, and I hated her relationship. There were times when I could enjoy this book. The writing was pretty nice, and I could get swept up in the story sometimes. But then the main character would exist, and I’d be pulled out. Valerie’s girlfriend is constantly being hurt by her, and it’s a terrible relationship I can’t support. The resolution is terrible as well.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dyslexic Bookmonster

    The story is about Valerie who shies away and is oblivious to all that is gay. Turns out, she had a small crush on her childhood friend all along. However, she falls head over heels for an exchange student. Feelings that bring forth change in the way she looks at herself and others. And the way she presents herself to the world. To be honest, the first few chapters were too slow, in my opinion. Too many useless details were given. This was the most prominent in the beginning, but throughout the s The story is about Valerie who shies away and is oblivious to all that is gay. Turns out, she had a small crush on her childhood friend all along. However, she falls head over heels for an exchange student. Feelings that bring forth change in the way she looks at herself and others. And the way she presents herself to the world. To be honest, the first few chapters were too slow, in my opinion. Too many useless details were given. This was the most prominent in the beginning, but throughout the story the problem made a comeback. And the funny thing is that there were not enough details given at crucial moments. Then there is also Valerie... Don't get me wrong, the story is good, the setting is convincing and most characters are well thought out. I just couldn't identify with the way Valerie was handling the situation, but that is my problem. I guess my experience with coming out of that damned closet was different in too many ways. For others, who are inclined to do it in Valerie's way, will have a field day, because the story is a good one. Despite my critic on some parts. I recommend the book for people who have trouble coming out, reading this may give you a feeling that you are not alone out there.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Misha Ali

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I normally enjoy this genre and also this writer's books but every single character in this one was horrible and I felt zero sympathy or interest in anyone except Lindsey, who I hoped would go back to England and find someone better for her. Between Kat the drama queen who tries to force people out of the closet, Tara the absolutely spineless and Amber the homophobe, I had trouble being interested in any of the friends. The main character, Valerie, is absolutely devoid of any redeeming qualities I normally enjoy this genre and also this writer's books but every single character in this one was horrible and I felt zero sympathy or interest in anyone except Lindsey, who I hoped would go back to England and find someone better for her. Between Kat the drama queen who tries to force people out of the closet, Tara the absolutely spineless and Amber the homophobe, I had trouble being interested in any of the friends. The main character, Valerie, is absolutely devoid of any redeeming qualities. She has no hobbies or interests (this is a plot point where Lindsay literally takes her to try different things to find her a hobby), is out to half the people in her life anyway but still refuses to step out of the closet despite apparently being in love with Lindsay and watching her get bullied about being gay, and throws away this wonderful girl time after time and then is suddenly "up to her ears in gay" three months into college. To me, the happy ending would literally have been for Lindsay to stop wasting her time with Valerie and her idiot friends, find someone actually cool to date and then go back to a happy life in England, never to hear from or speak to any of them again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    rosie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. - all the other siera maley books i read were in first person pov but this one is in third person so it was an interesting shift while keeping her same writing style - that being said... i’m not sure i liked it? i mean the gay of course but the writing felt idk kinda like a wattpad original story? wait that’s mean i just mean like if u told me this was her first book i would not be surprised - like with her other books it feels like she’s rly gotten the experience and gotten comfortable and found - all the other siera maley books i read were in first person pov but this one is in third person so it was an interesting shift while keeping her same writing style - that being said... i’m not sure i liked it? i mean the gay of course but the writing felt idk kinda like a wattpad original story? wait that’s mean i just mean like if u told me this was her first book i would not be surprised - like with her other books it feels like she’s rly gotten the experience and gotten comfortable and found her own style and i like that but this one not so much - amber is annoying as fuck - lindsay swooped in from britain to be like a lesbian jesus KFKFKDKD i love herrrr - they were watching d.e.b.s i love that movie <3333 - also it’s very surprising to me that tara isn’t a lesbian JDJDJDSJ she is in my heart - valerie’s dad reacted so well i’m happy - i was sad they broke up but i think it was right and made sense for valerie’s storyline - and they met back up again in the sort-of-epilogue a WIN - sarah was kinnnda the cheating bisexual trope hhhhh but it could’ve been worse ig

  25. 5 out of 5

    Raelynn Smith

    Under Pressure: Stay Closed In or Come Out? . . . This book isn’t your typical coming out story. No, in fact you’d think by the way the story blurb hints, it may even be a typical teen falls for new girl kinda love story. Don’t get me wrong there is a bit of love, but it’s a side bit. The main point of the story is having the main character Valarie coming to terms with her sexuality and what that means to her and those around her. She’s a high school senior and doesn’t want to be famous for comin Under Pressure: Stay Closed In or Come Out? . . . This book isn’t your typical coming out story. No, in fact you’d think by the way the story blurb hints, it may even be a typical teen falls for new girl kinda love story. Don’t get me wrong there is a bit of love, but it’s a side bit. The main point of the story is having the main character Valarie coming to terms with her sexuality and what that means to her and those around her. She’s a high school senior and doesn’t want to be famous for coming out or being THE lesbian. Anf in high school labels and peer perception means everything. The epilogue is cute but I’d wished for more scenes of Valarie in college be bold or a bigger “I’m gay b*tches moment!” just to showcase true growth, because the story wasn’t about her falling in love it was about accepting herself and figuring out how to tell others.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Ridge

    This book came in a big pile of books i gotten from somewhere and just picked it up today, damn thing sucked me right in and I read it in one sitting. I am a reader of fantasy stories and avoid romance like the plague but Siera Maley is a GOOD AUTHOR, her story telling and characters drag you right on in. Whether you are gay, straight or from another planet you will likely enjoy this book. Confession, I am going to fins other books by the author

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hadleigh

    Good overall, but similar to some other lesfic stories set in schools that I've read, dealing with acceptance and homophobia etc. There are a quite a few names to get used, who are all introduced at pretty much the same time. Chance meeting towards the end. My least favourite Siera Maley book so far, but that's partly because she's set the bar so high with her other books. Still a good book though Good overall, but similar to some other lesfic stories set in schools that I've read, dealing with acceptance and homophobia etc. There are a quite a few names to get used, who are all introduced at pretty much the same time. Chance meeting towards the end. My least favourite Siera Maley book so far, but that's partly because she's set the bar so high with her other books. Still a good book though

  28. 5 out of 5

    FreshGreens

    Honestly good I have read a lot of book, but this one just worked really well. The struggles of the main character seemed very realistic to me. I won't lie I was really angry there for a bit at how the ending was looking. If I wasn't so mad I would have been able to figure it out though. Personally I understand the scared and overwhelming pressure for a teen try to come out in high school and I'm glad this book depicted that well. Honestly good I have read a lot of book, but this one just worked really well. The struggles of the main character seemed very realistic to me. I won't lie I was really angry there for a bit at how the ending was looking. If I wasn't so mad I would have been able to figure it out though. Personally I understand the scared and overwhelming pressure for a teen try to come out in high school and I'm glad this book depicted that well.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Krazyaboutbooks

    An interesting come of age story. However, I don't like the certain themes (view spoiler)[ for example., Valerie is uncomfortable with her sexuality therefore, she decides to force her girlfriend to stay in the closet. Once the girlfriend is outed as a lesbian and people in school link them she dumps her and thinks that after she graduates she can then be out. It defies logic.... (hide spoiler)] . Overall, a fast paced story but nothing special. An interesting come of age story. However, I don't like the certain themes (view spoiler)[ for example., Valerie is uncomfortable with her sexuality therefore, she decides to force her girlfriend to stay in the closet. Once the girlfriend is outed as a lesbian and people in school link them she dumps her and thinks that after she graduates she can then be out. It defies logic.... (hide spoiler)] . Overall, a fast paced story but nothing special.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley

    Reluctant Reviewer Recommended I'm not much for writing reviews. I'm fact, i don't like writing them. I feel it's important to leave a review when I thoroughly enjoy a book and I enjoyed this book. Time It Right is well written and takes you on a beautiful heartbreaking journey to sell didcovery and acceptance. You won't be disappointed. Reluctant Reviewer Recommended I'm not much for writing reviews. I'm fact, i don't like writing them. I feel it's important to leave a review when I thoroughly enjoy a book and I enjoyed this book. Time It Right is well written and takes you on a beautiful heartbreaking journey to sell didcovery and acceptance. You won't be disappointed.

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