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A sweet and funny #ownvoices LGBTQ+ romance perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Julie Murphy, from the critically acclaimed author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit! Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her gr A sweet and funny #ownvoices LGBTQ+ romance perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Julie Murphy, from the critically acclaimed author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit! Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her grandmother is making her face her fear of driving head-on by taking lessons from a girl in town. Kat Pearson has always suspected that she likes girls but fears her North Carolina town is too small to color outside the lines. But when Piper’s grandmother hires Kat to give her driving lessons, everything changes. Piper’s not sure if she’s ready to let go of her ex. Kat’s navigating uncharted territory with her new crush. With the summer running out, will they be able to unlock a future together?


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A sweet and funny #ownvoices LGBTQ+ romance perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Julie Murphy, from the critically acclaimed author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit! Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her gr A sweet and funny #ownvoices LGBTQ+ romance perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Julie Murphy, from the critically acclaimed author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit! Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her grandmother is making her face her fear of driving head-on by taking lessons from a girl in town. Kat Pearson has always suspected that she likes girls but fears her North Carolina town is too small to color outside the lines. But when Piper’s grandmother hires Kat to give her driving lessons, everything changes. Piper’s not sure if she’s ready to let go of her ex. Kat’s navigating uncharted territory with her new crush. With the summer running out, will they be able to unlock a future together?

30 review for The Key to You and Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    iam

    Horses?! Queer girls?!?! FEAR OF DRIVING??!?! This book was clearly written for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    theresa

    this book represents my reading tastes coming full circle, from horse girl to sapphics to horse girl sapphics I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter this book represents my reading tastes coming full circle, from horse girl to sapphics to horse girl sapphics I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lea | That_Bookdragon

    I'm a simple woman, I see queer girls and horse riding in the same sentence, I click want to read I'm a simple woman, I see queer girls and horse riding in the same sentence, I click want to read

  4. 5 out of 5

    hali

    Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen publishing for providing me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Listen, I wanted to like this book SO BAD. As I was reading I just kept telling myself, “it’ll get better, it’ll get better.” Spoiler alert ... it did not get better. The Key To You And Me by Jaye Robin Brown is a book about a girl, Piper, who rides horses competitively moving to her grandmother’s small town to train with an Olympic rider. Her grandmother forces her to learn ho Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen publishing for providing me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Listen, I wanted to like this book SO BAD. As I was reading I just kept telling myself, “it’ll get better, it’ll get better.” Spoiler alert ... it did not get better. The Key To You And Me by Jaye Robin Brown is a book about a girl, Piper, who rides horses competitively moving to her grandmother’s small town to train with an Olympic rider. Her grandmother forces her to learn how to drive, and hires a local girl, Kat, to become her instructor. The concept of this book was what had me excited; a girl teaching another girl how to drive while they both develop mutual feelings for each other? Sign me the f*** up. However, I was sorely disappointed at the quality of the book. There were more than a few things that bothered me along the way First, there were many jokes and statements that made me very uncomfortable. For example, one of the MCs, Kat, has an internal monologue that talks about how she hates changing with other girls in locker rooms, because she really wants to look at them. This enforces the idea that sapphic women are predatory towards other women in places like locker rooms and bathrooms, when that simply is not the case. The author being sapphic herself is what really confuses me. Why would she write that if she knows what it feels like for straight women to think that about sapphic women (lesbians especially)? Second, the romance was just not that great, if I’m being honest. Piper was entirely hung up on her ex-girlfriend Judith for 65% of the book, and Kat is having all her first sapphic experiences with another woman named Lou. There’s a non-consensual kiss that makes things extremely awkward and uncomfortable for the next few chapters, and then the characters don’t kiss again until the very last page. I was just bored the entire time, waiting for something monumental to happen, and it never did. Third, the writing quality was not as good as I expected it to be. Almost every sentence was a run-on sentence. There was no climax to the book, no big revelations, nothing that was meant to hook readers and ensure they would read to the very end. I was quite disappointed after finishing this book. I also review books on Youtube (lipstick & literature) so make sure to go check out my videos and subscribe!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Maybe 2.5? I really don't know how I feel about this book. Not a lot was going on and it became quite repetitive after the first third of the book. Also, there were homophobic/acephobic comments here and there and you could tell that they were meant to be funny but they made me really uncomfortable. I hate when people write that it would be 'easier' to get through life if you were ace, because let me tell you - it is not. It also seems to be the only 'rep' we get in a lot of queer books these days Maybe 2.5? I really don't know how I feel about this book. Not a lot was going on and it became quite repetitive after the first third of the book. Also, there were homophobic/acephobic comments here and there and you could tell that they were meant to be funny but they made me really uncomfortable. I hate when people write that it would be 'easier' to get through life if you were ace, because let me tell you - it is not. It also seems to be the only 'rep' we get in a lot of queer books these days and I'm not a fan - talk about unnecessary drive-by. Might have to mull over that rating a bit more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

    Happy release day to The Key to You and Me! A will-they-won't-they slow burn romance meets high school coming of age in this YA romance by author Jaye Robin Brown. Senior-to-be, horse-loving Piper decides to spend the summer at her equally horse-obsessed grandmother's home, in hopes of working for a former Olympian in pursuit of her own dream. One condition Piper must meet is getting her driver's license- something she's been terrified to do- while in North Carolina. Her grandmother arranges for Happy release day to The Key to You and Me! A will-they-won't-they slow burn romance meets high school coming of age in this YA romance by author Jaye Robin Brown. Senior-to-be, horse-loving Piper decides to spend the summer at her equally horse-obsessed grandmother's home, in hopes of working for a former Olympian in pursuit of her own dream. One condition Piper must meet is getting her driver's license- something she's been terrified to do- while in North Carolina. Her grandmother arranges for a local teen and aspiring entrepreneur, Kat, to give Piper driving lessons and hang out with her for the summer. Kat is questioning her sexuality and figuring herself out, while Piper is out and proud but pining over her ex-girlfriend. This is great for teens going through something similar, and makes for an interesting dynamic between the girls. The narration is very conversational and perfect for younger YA readers, however there is sexual content so this is something to be aware of. There were a couple of instances where I was uncomfortable reading this because it's about teenagers, but I also know it's important for queer teens now to have that representation available to them. I think my biggest issue was that there was a lot of deception, some predatory-like behaviour, and even characters lying about their age to older queer women. There was a lot of casual biphobia from Piper and the feelings she harboured for her ex, as well as other gay, lesbian and bi tropes that left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. I would have preferred if the story took a more coming-of-age approach than a teen romance one. The main characters didn't have very much romantic chemistry and seemed better suited as friends on a journey of discovery. But I liked how they supported each other in different ways and would have loved to see the two go on more adventures. This is great book for horse-lovers, however horseback riding is not the main focus so it's still accessible to those who aren't familiar with the sport! Many thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. CW: sexual innuendos, sexting, underage drinking, adult kissing/hitting on a minor

  7. 5 out of 5

    elise p

    Sapphic horse girls HELLO

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Pineo

    Review by Lisa Pineo *I received this eARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss+ in return for an honest review. My ratings: * I hated it ** It was okay *** I liked it **** Really good ***** Great I expected a fast paced romp but got a slow burn in Jaye Robin Brown's YA novel, "The Key to You and Me." 3.5 stars Description from the publisher: "Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Review by Lisa Pineo *I received this eARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss+ in return for an honest review. My ratings: * I hated it ** It was okay *** I liked it **** Really good ***** Great I expected a fast paced romp but got a slow burn in Jaye Robin Brown's YA novel, "The Key to You and Me." 3.5 stars Description from the publisher: "Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her grandmother is making her face her fear of driving head-on by taking lessons from a girl in town. Kat Pearson has always suspected that she likes girls but fears her North Carolina town is too small to color outside the lines. But when Piper’s grandmother hires Kat to give her driving lessons, everything changes. Piper’s not sure if she’s ready to let go of her ex. Kat’s navigating uncharted territory with her new crush. With the summer running out, will they be able to unlock a future together?" I'll start out with the positive: the main characters, Piper and Kat, were well fleshed out as well as some other secondary characters. I liked the relationships between all the characters and how they were all different but deep in their own way. I liked how both girls were finding things out about themselves even while one had been out as a lesbian for years and the other was still questioning. Now the cons: this novel covered everything in the publisher's description, plus one more relationship with one of the girls and a couple side storylines with Kat's sister and Piper's living situation. That's it. The whole novel took place over a few weeks and it didn't seem like much happened. Again, I liked the interplay of the characters, but the action was pretty minimal. By the time I got to the end of the book, I expected the story to really heat up. It seemed more like all of that could have been the first third of the book and still another 200 pages written. Overall I did like the novel. It would have gotten another star if it was more action-oriented instead of character-oriented, but that's just my preference.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    *4.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Piper Kitts just got dumped and her horse-riding coach is sick... So that's a bleak summer in perspective with nothing to do and few people to spend it with. Until she convinces her parents to let her spend it at her grandmother's, training under and working for an Olympic horseback rider with a whole town to discover. Kat Pearson is in a bind. She needs money and fast. Her father's beauty parlor isn't doing as well a *4.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Piper Kitts just got dumped and her horse-riding coach is sick... So that's a bleak summer in perspective with nothing to do and few people to spend it with. Until she convinces her parents to let her spend it at her grandmother's, training under and working for an Olympic horseback rider with a whole town to discover. Kat Pearson is in a bind. She needs money and fast. Her father's beauty parlor isn't doing as well as she wishes, her car needs immediate reparations and she wants her sister to have new dance classes that would be in the next town over... So when a client of her dad's offers to pay for her car troubles and more if she just gives driving lessons to her granddaughter, Piper, and maybe just hang out with her a little bit, she has to accept. Never mind that Piper gives Kat some weird goosebumps and that she's so unapologetically Queer when Kat doesn't know where she herself stands, she needs this, in more ways than one. I really really liked this. I fell into the story at the very beginning and could not stop reading. The characters were so loveable but also layered and flawed. I also loved hearing about the professional horse riding world. I used to ride long ago and it made me want to try again someday soon. It was really well done and just so immersive, the whole setting was, if I'm being honest. I could picture myself in this town so easily despite having never been anywhere near North Carolina. I also loved the side characters and their storylines, they were also very complex and it really brought to the whole story. I laughed quite a lot and also, maybe, shed a tear or two. I'm not going to lie though, I was somewhat frustrated by the ending but all in all, a very good YA sapphic romance that made me feel loads.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caden

    3/5 stars! Synopsis: Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her grandmother is making her face her fear of driving head-on by taking lessons from a girl in town. Kat Pearson has always suspected that she likes girls, but fears her North Carolina town is too small to color outside the lines. But when Piper comes to town and her grandmother hires Kat t 3/5 stars! Synopsis: Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her grandmother is making her face her fear of driving head-on by taking lessons from a girl in town. Kat Pearson has always suspected that she likes girls, but fears her North Carolina town is too small to color outside the lines. But when Piper comes to town and her grandmother hires Kat to give her driving lessons, everything changes. Piper’s not sure if she’s ready to let go of her ex. Kat’s navigating uncharted territory with her new crush. With the summer running out, will they be able to unlock a future together? A huge thank you to NetGalley and HarperTeen for sending me an E-ARC for an honest review. The moment I heard about this book, I thought that it sounded really cute. I was super excited to get an ARC of this book. This book was fun to read! I think that both of the main characters were really easy to connect with. What I liked about the characters is that both of the girls had their own personal flaws and problems as young adults, and it was interesting to follow them throughout the story and see how they grew and changed as people. Overall, I liked this book. I didn't end up loving it as much as I was hoping I would. There were a few plots points that I didn't like near the middle of the book. Without talking about spoilers, I felt that there were some things that the author brought up in the book but then never really resolved. Some plot points felt unfinished to me. In the end, I liked this book, but I didn't end up loving it. I do still recommend it to people who love Contemporary Romance. Thanks for reading! Caden

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    my 10 year old horse obsessed self is SCREAMING right now omg

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Rating - 3.5 eARC kindly provided by Harper360 and Edelweiss This was such a lovely, sweet story about two teenage girls discovering new things about themselves and the future they thought they wanted. Piper is a self confessed horse-crazy girl, openly gay and still grieving after a painful break up. She is given the chance to train with an Olympic rider over the summer and that is where she meets Kat. Kat isn't sure what she wants, in life, or in a partner, and her journey of self discovery was a Rating - 3.5 eARC kindly provided by Harper360 and Edelweiss This was such a lovely, sweet story about two teenage girls discovering new things about themselves and the future they thought they wanted. Piper is a self confessed horse-crazy girl, openly gay and still grieving after a painful break up. She is given the chance to train with an Olympic rider over the summer and that is where she meets Kat. Kat isn't sure what she wants, in life, or in a partner, and her journey of self discovery was a joy to read. Tasked with teaching Piper to drive, the girls form a friendship that has the potential to become far, far more... This was easy to read and the characters very easy to warm to. I also particularly loved the cast of supportive friends and family. There were a few moments that made me cringe (teenage antics mostly), but they didn't take away any of my enjoyment of the book at all. I am not a huge reader of YA contemporary fiction, but would definitely pick up this books by this author again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zizzy W

    *chanting* sapphic! sapphic! sapphic!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Craftshley

    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HarperTeen for an early review copy! Piper dreams of being an Olympic dressage champion. In order to achieve her dream, she goes to her grandmother’s home in North Carolina to train with a former Olympian. Her escape from Massachusetts also has a little something to do with a recent breakup with her longtime girlfriend, Judith. Not only did Judith break up with Piper, she got together with someone else. Heartbroken, Piper leans into her determination to become an Olymp Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HarperTeen for an early review copy! Piper dreams of being an Olympic dressage champion. In order to achieve her dream, she goes to her grandmother’s home in North Carolina to train with a former Olympian. Her escape from Massachusetts also has a little something to do with a recent breakup with her longtime girlfriend, Judith. Not only did Judith break up with Piper, she got together with someone else. Heartbroken, Piper leans into her determination to become an Olympic dressage champion. Only, there’s Kat to think about. Kat is desperately trying to come up with an entrepreneurial genius idea that will earn her the thousands of dollars it will cost her to fix her car’s transmission. When Molly, Piper’s grandmother, learns of her plight, she offers to pay for the car to get fixed if Kat will teach Piper how to drive. It’s an easy choice for Kat. Except Piper is out and proud but Kat is still closeted, only recently realizing she might like girls. Freshly dumped, Piper is eager to make her ex jealous and leans into appearing flirty just a little too hard and Kat is instantly smitten. Between pictures that make it look like they’re dating and their general proximity, they’re both in for some feelings. Brown loosely describes the surroundings, a small town in the south, and implies that they are intolerant to queer people, given how hesitant Kat is to even think about liking girls. Her cousin and best friend, Elliot, is gay, as well, and he’s not out either. While her family and friends seem accepting of her possibly being queer, Kat is still hesitant to even think about it for a long time. It isn’t until Piper declares at a party that she’s queer that Kat really starts to wonder, her past thoughts and actions solidifying into a realization that, yeah, she likes girls. Though the area is described as being somewhat phobic, there are several other queer characters. Piper, of course, some of other equestrian girls, Elliot, and even Kat’s own father seems to imply that he might be something more than straight. Kat even thinks at one point that she might be demisexual or demiromantic. There are definitely some terms here that I’ve never read in fiction, though being a queer adult and active in my community, I have heard otherwise. Both Piper and Kat are well fleshed out. The novel is told in alternating points of view in first person perspective. We get to see how Kat reacts and how Piper interprets her reaction, and vice versa. It’s refreshing to see such terms even obliquely referred to in a piece of fiction intended for young adults. I think it broadens the scope of what young adults think is possible in terms of gender and sexuality, and encourages them to seek out more information regarding such things, especially in reference to themselves. I also love that Piper refers to herself as queer. I think that term is still considered taboo by many people but I use that term to describe myself all the time. It’s a nice umbrella term that can be used to describe romantic, sexual, or gender related things, all in one. Like, I could say I’m pansexual, demiromantic, and nonbinary. Or I could just say I’m queer. Being teenagers, there are many awkward moments between Piper and Kat. Awkward touches, a couple almost kisses, an actual kiss that was unwanted, lots of flirting...all the things that indicate a classic romance, but make it gay. Piper is honestly pretty annoying for most of the book. She is obsessed with Judith, her ex, and obsessed with making it seem like she’s got a bunch of new friends and a potential girlfriend, right off the bat. And she admits that her imaginings of her future are about her being a champion, with Judith in the background cheering her on. She’s over all self centered and obsessive. This tones down a little as she gets to know Kat and settles in. I wish she had made more friends, however. She seems very girlfriend focused, especially regarding her friends from home, all of whom seem to be former girlfriends. I would have liked to see Piper make actual friends with others, and to see those others a little more fleshed out. Despite being advertised as a horse girl novel, there was disappointingly little riding. I think the first time Piper rides an actual horse is about halfway through the book. And even then, it’s just warming a horse up. No actual dressage competition or extended riding at all. Piper is definitely a horse girl, and it’s almost all she talks about, but I’d’ve liked to see more riding. I would have also liked more of Kat’s dad in the picture. Kat spends loads of time at his salon in the beginning but that time tapers off as she starts to spend more time with Piper. It’s unclear as to whether or not Kat still goes to the salon because she takes Piper to the barn early in the morning, then picks her up in the early evening to give her driving lessons. What does she do with the rest of her time? I would have definitely liked to see what else Kat was getting up to. Her time with Piper seemed to be the most important thing, other than Piper’s sister, Emma. At times, the dialogue seemed stilted and awkward. The attempt at slang and teenage language felt wrong and the conversations with adults, especially, felt awkward. That could have been because most of the adults were either MaMolly (Piper’s grandmother) or Piper’s parents, all of whom seem pretty upper crust and so their way of speaking is less colloquial and more formal. The handling of social media also seemed awkward. The terms used to describe everything were very vague, as if the person writing about them doesn’t have a sense of how social media works (SnapChat, Instagram, etc). Overall, I enjoyed Piper and Kat’s budding relationship, as well as Kat’s exploration into liking other girls. She doesn’t just set her eyes on Piper, but instead explores meeting other girls who like girls. There were moments I genuinely smiled or laughed out loud. Though there isn’t really a climax, there is the whole vibe of ‘will they won’t they’ as regards Kat and Piper’s relationship. It was fun to see them both wrestle with their feelings for each other. And Piper never insists that Kat likes girls, just accepts that she might and is there for her when she starts to think about testing out the theory. This was an easy and quick read for me, not bogged down in a huge amount of world building but instead focusing on the relationship and feelings of Kat and Piper, with a little intrigue thrown in regarding Piper’s future as Olympian. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to read queer teen romance with some horse background. Just don’t get too hung up on this being a horse girl novel! Whether that puts you off or draws you in, there are not that many horses involved at all.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sacha

    Thanks to NetGalley and HarperTeen for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication. Updated 4/20/21 3.5 stars This is a solid LGBTQ+ YA novel told from the perspectives of Piper and Kat. Piper is queer and out, and Kat is questioning and very much not out for much of the novel. A lot of the conversation focuses on these differing experiences and points of view, and there is a clear through line between them meeting and potentially working tow Thanks to NetGalley and HarperTeen for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication. Updated 4/20/21 3.5 stars This is a solid LGBTQ+ YA novel told from the perspectives of Piper and Kat. Piper is queer and out, and Kat is questioning and very much not out for much of the novel. A lot of the conversation focuses on these differing experiences and points of view, and there is a clear through line between them meeting and potentially working toward a romantic relationship. Some of the representation left me wanting a bit more. One character talks about "sexual preference" in place of "sexual orientation," and this is not in an ironic way. There are a variety of responses to people's coming out moments, but the one person who struggles the most is just briefly mentioned and not explored much. I think more conversation around that piece could be helpful for the intended audience here. I enjoyed the writing and the pacing, but I'd like to see a bit more attention to detail here.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    Rating: 2/5 Being disappointed by such a promising book was not how my day was supposed to go but here we are I guess. When I read the synopsis of this book months ago, I was like "wow! Sapphics, horse girls, learning to drive, sign me up!" and then I was approved for an eARC and I was elated to finally read it! And then I read it. Where do I even start with this review? It was a promising premise that didn't deliver and there were lots of tropes used that aren't my thing. Thus, my low rating. Whi Rating: 2/5 Being disappointed by such a promising book was not how my day was supposed to go but here we are I guess. When I read the synopsis of this book months ago, I was like "wow! Sapphics, horse girls, learning to drive, sign me up!" and then I was approved for an eARC and I was elated to finally read it! And then I read it. Where do I even start with this review? It was a promising premise that didn't deliver and there were lots of tropes used that aren't my thing. Thus, my low rating. Which is once again, very very disappointing. Because I was looking to root for some horse girls and instead ended up not enjoying either of the two main characters. So let us just start. One girl, Piper, rides horses and moves in with her grandmother for the summer to *cough* ride horses *cough*. But she has an ulterior motive to either a) get over her ex-girlfriend or b) make her ex jealous. If you guessed both, you'd be correct. Now okay, that sounds alright. Making people jealous isn't my favorite tropes in books but ya know, this is a sapphic book so I forgive it. But! Her grandmother is also making her learn to drive and hired this girl in town to teach her. We love that here. Books that deal with such mundane, real-world things like learning to drive. We also get the wonderful POV of Kat. She's trying to figure out her sexuality but she lives in a small town and is afraid to come out. Kat is also the one giving Piper driving lessons. And that's basically the entirety of her character development, which makes her POV pretty boring. But hey, we love a good book that explores figuring out your sexuality, so again, another pass for the sapphics. Now we get into the thick of things. When they meet, Piper immediately realizes that she can use Kat as a way to make her ex jealous. And how does she do this? By taking photos of them together and posting them to her private socials without Kat's consent (spoiler for later in this review: this won't be the last instance of nonconsent between these two). Also, let me just add in here that this is a very slow-burn relationship. Like, it's implied that they get together on the last page. May I add something else? There was NO YEARNING! I mean come on, if I'm going to suffer through some slow-burn romance between two characters who were either super boring or super unlikable then the least I could get is a little yearning ya know? Anyway, let me get back on track. Something that I didn't particularly pick up on in the synopsis is that this book is a hot mess. JK. Kinda. But there is a love square type thing going on, which, is not my thing. To break it down some more. Piper still likes her ex and her ex starts flirting back with her. Piper also starts developing feelings for Kat, but when Kat, who has a crush on Piper from like the first time they meet, finds out that Piper is still hung up on her ex, Kat gets with a woman named Lou. Messy and confusing? Yes. Now let me dissect this for you all. Piper used Kat to make her ex jealous without asking for permission. This is later resolved. Then, Piper and Kat have a non-consensual kiss. Kat then goes and gets with Lou by telling her a bunch of lies. Some of these lies pertaining to her age (Kat is 18 and Lou is in her 20s), and Kat lying and saying that she's out of high school (she isn't). Lots of uncool stuff in my humble opinion. What else does this book bring to the table you may be wondering? Well, we also have underage drinking, driving without a license, family members pressuring Kat to admit she likes girls, family problems that think they were resolved but never seem to be resolved, and the most lackluster romance I have read this year. Annnnd, well, I guess that's all of the big points that I wanted to hit on. So, um, not my favorite book of the year and maybe I am a bit salty at wasting my entire day reading this book and being so thoroughly disappointed and bored. Should you read this book? Sure, I mean if you want to. I just don't think this book worked for me and while I'm sad that this isn't a new sapphic book that I can hype up, I hope other people enjoy it and maybe discover their own sexuality while reading this book or something idk. Thank you to Netgalley and HarperTeen for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ellie M

    A slow-burn romance with highly relatable main characters. In Massachusetts, Piper Kitts loves riding horses, just like her grandmother, but her parents don't always understand her dreams. When her girlfriend, Judith, breaks up with her and her trainer has to take the summer off while recovering for surgery, she temporarily moves in with her grandmother in North Carolina to train with former Olympic rider Dilara Schober. However, it turns out she doesn't get to do very much riding. She's essentia A slow-burn romance with highly relatable main characters. In Massachusetts, Piper Kitts loves riding horses, just like her grandmother, but her parents don't always understand her dreams. When her girlfriend, Judith, breaks up with her and her trainer has to take the summer off while recovering for surgery, she temporarily moves in with her grandmother in North Carolina to train with former Olympic rider Dilara Schober. However, it turns out she doesn't get to do very much riding. She's essentially a glorified farmhand, and Dilara is harshly critical every time she actually does get on a horse. Kat Pearson has only recently realized that she likes girls, but doesn't feel ready to tell anyone. She feels like everyone around her in Harmon, North Carolina, has a goal to leave as soon as possible: her mother, who divorced her father and moved to Texas years ago, her younger sister, Emma, who dreams of attending a dance school in Dallas and moving in with Mom, and her cousin, Elliott, who's off to college in the fall. She makes money by doing small favors for her dad's salon, but when Piper arrives in town, Kat is presented with an opportunity: teach Piper how to drive and get paid by Piper's wealthy grandmother. It's not exactly legal, but it all works out. Right? Except that neither of them imagined the crushes they'd have this summer on each other. Piper's parents have been pressuring her to get her license ever since she turned sixteen, but she's never felt ready. A car accident she was in as a child has made her refuse to ever get on the road. I related so much to this. In my state, kids can start drivers' ed and get their permits as soon as they turned fifteen, so for years I watched everyone else in my grade start driving before me. I only recently finally started, just like Piper. I didn't really have a specific reason why, I just really didn't think I was ready to drive. I also used to ride horses, even though I was much younger than Piper when I did it, so I kept imagining my old barn during every training scene. I liked that she found friends in the other trainees, many of whom were queer as well. The romance between the narrators doesn't actually happen until the very end of the book, which I think was more realistic than if it had started right after they met. At first, Piper starts posting pictures of herself and Kat to make Judith jealous, even though she doesn't know if Kat likes girls at all. About halfway through the book, Kat is introduced to Piper's riding friend Lou, who she kisses at a party, and they seem to continuously flirt with each other even though Kat states multiple times that she's more interested in Piper. I don't know why that went on for so long, but as long as there's a happy ending, I'm okay with it. When Kat does come out, she's met with all positive reactions, and thankfully she's not outed. Elliot is also in the closet at the beginning of the book, and he spends a lot of it debating whether or not it would be worth it to come out to his parents, as he is adopted and they expect him to be the perfect son. His situation, while somewhat different from Kat's, is also realistic. Kat's coming-out contradicts the "small town, small minds" trope and I'm SO HERE FOR IT.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    2.75 Stars. This was just okay. I heard this book was a sweet and funny romance about sapphic women who ride horses. I thought yes please! It’s funny that I have not read many books about people who want to compete with horses professionally, but in this past week I have read two. Both were about dressage riders wanting to be in the Olympics. The problem is the first book had a sweeping romance with lots of horses, this book not so much. I’m familiar with this author and the premise gave me high 2.75 Stars. This was just okay. I heard this book was a sweet and funny romance about sapphic women who ride horses. I thought yes please! It’s funny that I have not read many books about people who want to compete with horses professionally, but in this past week I have read two. Both were about dressage riders wanting to be in the Olympics. The problem is the first book had a sweeping romance with lots of horses, this book not so much. I’m familiar with this author and the premise gave me high hopes. The biggest problem is nothing happened. Yes, it was a day in the life of two 18 year-old girls, (taking place over a few weeks) but nothing very exciting happened in those days. There were some driving lessons, some horse riding, one character pinning after her ex, and another character on some stomach turning dates. That’s really it, that’s the book and it wasn’t enough for me. I know the author is part of the LGBTQ+ community, but I feel like she should have had some sensitivity readers’ look at this. I’m not always good about noticing subtext, and sometimes I miss things right in front of my face, but I did notice, and had issues with, the wording at points about asexuals, bisexuals, and lesbians. I felt like at times it was almost veering into harmful stereotype territory. I don’t think this is anything the author did on purpose; I just think she could have used some more eyes on this. There was also a lot of pressure on one character (by seemingly everyone) to announce she is queer when she still needed time to figure things out. The constant pressure on her rubbed me the wrong way. According to the blub, this is “A sweet and funny #ownvoices LGBTQ+ romance.” That’s what I was expecting and to not get that was a disappointment. When I say that the characters where not together for the whole book (as a couple), I mean they were not together for the whole book. Any chemistry that started to build would just get snuffed out almost instantly. There were no super sweet or swoon worthy moments. The whole book is about dating other people. If Brown would have made this contemporary fiction, about two friends trying to find love, with other people, in a small southern town… okay that would work. But a romance between the main characters was just not there and I don’t even know if I can tag this book romance. I’ve had such an up and down reading year and unfortunately I have read too many books that just have not fit my reading tastes. While I’m a huge character driven reader, I need some good plot points to keep me turning the pages. There just was not enough meat here and there wasn’t the adorable romance I was hoping for either. Thank you to HarperTeen for the ARC.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! I'm bouncing between 2.5 - 3 stars because I have a lot of mixed emotions about this book, so let's get into it. The Key to You and Me follows two protagonists: Kat and Piper. Piper is going through a rough breakup, and on top of that, her trainer at the barn had to step down due to an injury, so she takes up an offer from her grandmother to stay with her for the summer in North Carolina to train with a forme ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! I'm bouncing between 2.5 - 3 stars because I have a lot of mixed emotions about this book, so let's get into it. The Key to You and Me follows two protagonists: Kat and Piper. Piper is going through a rough breakup, and on top of that, her trainer at the barn had to step down due to an injury, so she takes up an offer from her grandmother to stay with her for the summer in North Carolina to train with a former Olympic rider and to learn how to drive. Just so happens Kat knows her grandmother and agrees to an offer to help Piper learn how to drive in exchange for help getting her own car fixed. Kat is bouncing back and forth as to whether she likes girls or not. She's into Piper and is intrigued by the idea that a summer fling might help her determine her sexual identity, but Piper is still hung up on her ex. Both struggle with their true feelings and instead end up on a rough and bumpy path to a future together. In general, this book was all right. It's a nice story with some good angst here and there, but for the most part that's pretty much it. There's no real connection between Kat and Piper. The majority of the book is spent with Piper trying to make her ex jealous by using Kat, but then also telling herself she doesn't need a girlfriend and should focus more on her riding dream. Kat wants to use Piper while she's there for the summer to see if she's into girls, because with her being from out of town then them being together won't hit main stream gossip in town, which could out her before she was ready to be out. It's more a connection out of convenience. It's a constant back and forth with feelings waxing and waning for ex's and other girls involved...there never felt like a point where their connection could actually grow into more than a convenience. I feel this story would have done better as a friendship story between Kat and Piper as they supported one another with their goals and agendas. Personally, Kat's arc also just made be uneasy. She's constantly pushed and almost harassed about her sexuality and coming out by her friends when she's clearly not sure and not ready, and there was continuous suggestions of just hooking up with a girl to see if she liked it or not. This, and many other parts, just felt overly sexual in a number of ways. This story just wasn't for me, but I'm sure other's would find it a cute story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sophie M

    I received an E-ARC of The Key To You & Me by Jaye Robin Brown for free by Harper 360 YA on Edelweis + in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to Jaye Robin Brown and Harper 360 YA for this opportunity! This review is also available on Book, Blog & Candle! The Key To You & Me features our two main characters Piper and Kat. When Piper's grandmother hires Kat to teach Piper how to drive could this be the start of a new friendship or possibly something more? Piper has moved across the c I received an E-ARC of The Key To You & Me by Jaye Robin Brown for free by Harper 360 YA on Edelweis + in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to Jaye Robin Brown and Harper 360 YA for this opportunity! This review is also available on Book, Blog & Candle! The Key To You & Me features our two main characters Piper and Kat. When Piper's grandmother hires Kat to teach Piper how to drive could this be the start of a new friendship or possibly something more? Piper has moved across the country to stay with her grandmother for the summer and concentrate on her horseriding after she gets her heartbroken by her now ex-girlfriend. Piper is a very determined character with big life goals, it's clear that she knows what she wants out of life and she is passionate about what she loves. However, sometimes she looks so far into the future she forgets what she has right in front of her. Plus I can completely relate to her fear of driving! I'm 23 now and I've only recently applied to get my provisional licence with no actual plan of driving for real! I think I need my own Kat to help teach me! On the other hand, Kat is very family orientated and struggles with the small town gossip surrounding her father especially after her mother suddenly leaves. Plus she is at the stage of trying to figure out her sexuality and not wanting to be judged or pressured. I loved seeing her become more confident throughout the book and starting to not feel scared about going for what she wants. There were great main characters supported by really interesting side characters which made for a very character driven story which I really enjoy reading! I loved Elliott and MaMolly is a total badass! I really loved how Piper & Kat challenge each other and push each other to do better and even try new things. I loved their chemistry together and I thought the format of the story was really clever by having one chapter be Piper's POV and the next be Kat's POV. It helped make their voices distinctive and I liked seeing both sides of the story. I love a sapphic story and The Key to You & Me is a fun and sweet read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ab

    This was a sweet, queer, YA romance novel with Sapphic horse girls, small town "should I come out" characters, and lots of safe driving! Not a lot of depth, but just re-read that first sentence - any adult romance novel is surface AF, and this definitely had a bit more going on that your typical romance, being about two girls who seem to like each other but one isn't quite sure where she is on the sexuality spectrum. And the queer Massachusetts girl is into show horses, but not just any show hor This was a sweet, queer, YA romance novel with Sapphic horse girls, small town "should I come out" characters, and lots of safe driving! Not a lot of depth, but just re-read that first sentence - any adult romance novel is surface AF, and this definitely had a bit more going on that your typical romance, being about two girls who seem to like each other but one isn't quite sure where she is on the sexuality spectrum. And the queer Massachusetts girl is into show horses, but not just any show horses, DRESSAGE (that's that crazy prancy performance that I think is rough on horse legs, but idk for sure). She is recovering from a breakup before spending time in Texas to dedicate time to her horse-craft, with her very supportive yet firm grandma. Good things about this book: lots of positivity around queerness, despite hesitancy coming out and worries about how family will react. It was actually really refreshing to read a YA LGBTQ book that wasn't about all the devastation and trauma of being queer, just normal concerns and full acceptance from the people around them. It just doesn't all need to be devastation! Also, full marks for really having responsible drivers, despite partying and having fun, some underage drinking (as kids are wont to do), these kids ALWAYS made sure to call an adult for a ride, or stay sober as the designated driver. I think that always needs reiterating, so top marks for that. Not great things: a whole lotta white folk, despite being in Texas, where I'm sure there's a prominent Latinx population. Perhaps that's a horse-community thing, but it was noticeable. Also, the book really just ends when I wanted to read more about Piper and Kat and Elliott - how does Piper's training go? How does Kat's sister manage with her dance stuff? How is Kat as she grows more into her sexual identity? Anyway, more stuff I wished I learned. But, overall, a very enjoyable, nice, fun, romance book about some queer horse-gals and a small town in Texas. It was a fast read, and maybe a bit like a YA "Desert Hearts" without the divorcee, haha. Good for a light queer romance pick-me-up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Catarina

    2.5* The synopsis said queer girls + horses + fear of driving and I was HOOKED. I just wasn't expecting it to be a handful of nothing. Here we follow horse rider Piper, who has big dreams for her future (*cough* one being getting her ex back *cough*), and wanna-be entrepreneur Kat, who's trying to figure out who she is. When MaMolly proposes her teaching her granddaughter how to drive, Kat sees it as an opportunity to save money to "invest" in her sister's future, but soon realises but might also 2.5* The synopsis said queer girls + horses + fear of driving and I was HOOKED. I just wasn't expecting it to be a handful of nothing. Here we follow horse rider Piper, who has big dreams for her future (*cough* one being getting her ex back *cough*), and wanna-be entrepreneur Kat, who's trying to figure out who she is. When MaMolly proposes her teaching her granddaughter how to drive, Kat sees it as an opportunity to save money to "invest" in her sister's future, but soon realises but might also be a great opportunity for herself to explore her sexuality. On the other hand, Piper takes advantage of Kat's cuteness and their new friendship as a way of making her ex jealous. This book had so much potential, but then...... nothing all that exciting happened. In all seriousness though, apart from some driving lessons, horse riding and three parties, NOTHING ACTUALLY HAPPENED. Judith even pulled a reverse UNO card and STILL. NO DRAMA.  I saw some people describing this as a slow-burn romance, and although I understand the slow-burn — I mean, they DO only (KINDA) get together on the very last page. So yeah. —, WHERE'S THE ROMANCE???? Piper spent most of the book still hung up on what she had with her ex while Kat went on a self-discovery journey with someone else — which, may I add, only begun because she LIED about her age. I sensed little chemistry between the main characters, there were no proper swoon worthy moments (I thought the nickname 'Snow White' was cute, but that's about it), and we got zero character/ relationship development. But what really grinds my gears in the midst of the hot mess that was this book: the way Kat's entire family constantly pressured her to admit she liked girls. She was STRUGGLING. Her feelings were confusing. The thought of coming out to her judgy and gossipy small town was scary. Forcing her to label herself didn't help. AT ALL. You'd think Elliot being gay and closeted would serve as support and shine a light on her insecurities but noooooo.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    This really is the ultimate horse girl book. Unfortunately I am not a horse girl. The Key to You and Me is about a girl named Piper who is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Her grandmother soon forces her to face her fear of driving and hires a local girl to teach Piper. Kat has always suspected she liked girls but has always been too afraid to come out in her North Carolina town but This really is the ultimate horse girl book. Unfortunately I am not a horse girl. The Key to You and Me is about a girl named Piper who is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Her grandmother soon forces her to face her fear of driving and hires a local girl to teach Piper. Kat has always suspected she liked girls but has always been too afraid to come out in her North Carolina town but when she starts spending time with Piper, everything changes. While I appreciate what this story was trying to do, oh my god I just didn't. There were so many things that just went wrong for me and I think it just might be the author at this point. After a while this book started to get so repetitive and then it kept doing the same thing. It felt like a lot of the book was just unnecessary and I wasn't a fan. I can't even say Piper and Kat were cute because they weren't. There is a part where one of them kisses the other without making sure it was okay first and then she's like, "well she didn't like it but it felt so good" and I screamed. It made me so uncomfortable honestly and left a sour taste in my mouth. This kiss is brought up later and they talk about it but at that point I was just done. Then one of them lies about her age and has an entire side plot where she's going to have sex with an older girl and just yikes. So much of this book is just them talking about horses / driving. So much pls. What is with horse girls why do you talk about horses so much!!! They are just giant dogs!!! Piper's entire life was horses and I just, sis I don't cARE. While I thought the idea was originally cute- a girl being hired to teach another girl to drive and spend time with her- it just didn't turn out very well for me. Also there were a lot of weird acephobic and homophobic comments and for what?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Harris

    I got this book on request from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Alright so lets start out by saying I really wanted to like this book. I love seeing more saphic books coming out but sadly this book has so many issues. For started this books pacing was so off. I felt like just the last 1/4th of the book really said anything. Nothing ever seemed to happen. I kept waiting and waiting for a build up or a major plot break but it never came. I kept saying it will pick up but it never did. I got this book on request from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Alright so lets start out by saying I really wanted to like this book. I love seeing more saphic books coming out but sadly this book has so many issues. For started this books pacing was so off. I felt like just the last 1/4th of the book really said anything. Nothing ever seemed to happen. I kept waiting and waiting for a build up or a major plot break but it never came. I kept saying it will pick up but it never did. I just felt sort of let down by the end. The writing also wasn't great. Don't get me wrong I am not a grammar major and I know I make plenty of mistakes in my reviews no matter how hard I try not to. But I am also not a professional writer like Brown. This is not her first novel so one might think her writing would be better but sadly this is not the case. I felt like every other sentence was a run on. There were times I had to reread sentences because her wording was just so weird. It made an already slow book even harder to get though. Now I could have seen past those things if it wasn't for my major problem with this book. It felt like Brown has some serious internalized homophobia that she seemed to be working out on the page. She wrote many things that were just plain upsetting to see in a saphic book especially one by some who is saphic themselves. If I had read this as a young lesbian I would not have felt better about myself or my identity which is what books like this should do at least in part! This book really had the potential to be great but Brown was unable to follow through. I was beyond disappointed by this book. I tried so hard to look past issues with this book but sadly there was just to much to over look. I don't think I will be reading anything else by Brown

  25. 4 out of 5

    Abby Knudsen

    Maybe I’m just prejudiced against horse girls, but I honestly thought I wouldn’t like this book when I started it. Thankfully (for me, at least) this book did not completely revolve around horse riding. It’s a very character-driven book about two girls, Piper and Kat. Piper is the horse rider, and she is very driven and confident in who she is. Kat, on the other hand, is just trying to figure everything out. They are introduced to each other through Piper’s grandma, who hires Kat to teach Piper Maybe I’m just prejudiced against horse girls, but I honestly thought I wouldn’t like this book when I started it. Thankfully (for me, at least) this book did not completely revolve around horse riding. It’s a very character-driven book about two girls, Piper and Kat. Piper is the horse rider, and she is very driven and confident in who she is. Kat, on the other hand, is just trying to figure everything out. They are introduced to each other through Piper’s grandma, who hires Kat to teach Piper how to drive. This part of the storyline was one of my favorite parts of the book. As someone who has (mostly) gotten over some major driving anxiety, I found Piper to be super relatable and loved all the scenes with their driving lessons. The romance was very drawn out and pretty well done. The characters could be really frustrating at times, but ultimately I thought it came together well. My biggest critique of this book is the way that the characters are written in relation to being teenagers. The way they text and interact with social media is so off base from reality, and there were a lot of moments where I really cringed because of the inaccuracy. The strangest part about it is that a lot of their weird inaccurate things actually affected the plot? So there’s no way this could have played out in real life exactly the way it was written. So if you’re willing to look past this element, it really is a fun and quick read. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Krista Loreen

    I’m not sure where to start. Kat starts out being okay with her cousin being gay but is so worried about the concerns of other people in their small town that she's afraid to explore her own preferences. Then comes Piper, a girl who is so comfortable knowing who she is and what she wants that when at a bonfire with Kat and her cousin she has no qualms about admitting to being gay in front of everyone. This book is heavy in self-discovery centering around sexual identity and being comfortable in I’m not sure where to start. Kat starts out being okay with her cousin being gay but is so worried about the concerns of other people in their small town that she's afraid to explore her own preferences. Then comes Piper, a girl who is so comfortable knowing who she is and what she wants that when at a bonfire with Kat and her cousin she has no qualms about admitting to being gay in front of everyone. This book is heavy in self-discovery centering around sexual identity and being comfortable in one’s own skin. I love how this book normalizes this as Kat works towards discovering what she wants and who she is and finding her own confidence in it. However, I’d like to have caution and there to be a fact check on 'gayness based on finger length' as suggested by an article a character supposedly read. This, if untrue, might cause young readers to go around and measure and make false assumptions about their peers based on this. This little thought a character had was inconsequential and had nothing to do with the progression of the storyline so I don’t know why it was included. I thought this was a sweet self-discovery book. It read smoothly and I felt like I could be friends with these characters. The only time I felt abrasive towards the story was towards the end and that had to do with my personal preferences. Other then that, I thought this was a great ya story about sexual identity and self-discovery.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sammie V

    Piper always imagined she would have Judith at her side when she arrived at her first olympics. But all of those dreams where crushed when she Judith breaks things off with her at the beginning of the summer. Looking for a fresh start and a new barn to ride at, Piper chooses to spend the summer in the small town of Harmon NC with her Grandma, honing her riding skills so that one day those Olympian dreams can come true. Kat was born and bread in the small town of Harmon, never really being able t Piper always imagined she would have Judith at her side when she arrived at her first olympics. But all of those dreams where crushed when she Judith breaks things off with her at the beginning of the summer. Looking for a fresh start and a new barn to ride at, Piper chooses to spend the summer in the small town of Harmon NC with her Grandma, honing her riding skills so that one day those Olympian dreams can come true. Kat was born and bread in the small town of Harmon, never really being able to figure out who she really is ad always trying just to blend in. Being the strong one after their mother left, Kat makes sure her siblings always get where they need to be, dance lessons, a baseball game, a boys house you name it. As summer draws near her younger sister doesn't have enough money to enroll in a prestigious dance academy, so Kat takes it upon her self to find a few jobs. That is when she runs into Pipers grandma, who propositions her with the job of teaching her granddaughter how to drive. Out and proud Piper helps Kat figure out who she really is while Kat slowly helps Piper get over Judith in this unlikely friendship. This book was a super fun read. I wish It had come out when I was still in high school because it would have helped me figure out that I was queer. It has extremely relatable characters and witty banter. Brown does it again with an adorable fluff ya rom com!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sammie V

    Piper always imagined she would have Judith at her side when she arrived at her first olympics. But all of those dreams where crushed when she Judith breaks things off with her at the beginning of the summer. Looking for a fresh start and a new barn to ride at, Piper chooses to spend the summer in the small town of Harmon NC with her Grandma, honing her riding skills so that one day those Olympian dreams can come true. Kat was born and bread in the small town of Harmon, never really being able t Piper always imagined she would have Judith at her side when she arrived at her first olympics. But all of those dreams where crushed when she Judith breaks things off with her at the beginning of the summer. Looking for a fresh start and a new barn to ride at, Piper chooses to spend the summer in the small town of Harmon NC with her Grandma, honing her riding skills so that one day those Olympian dreams can come true. Kat was born and bread in the small town of Harmon, never really being able to figure out who she really is ad always trying just to blend in. Being the strong one after their mother left, Kat makes sure her siblings always get where they need to be, dance lessons, a baseball game, a boys house you name it. As summer draws near her younger sister doesn't have enough money to enroll in a prestigious dance academy, so Kat takes it upon her self to find a few jobs. That is when she runs into Pipers grandma, who propositions her with the job of teaching her granddaughter how to drive. Out and proud Piper helps Kat figure out who she really is while Kat slowly helps Piper get over Judith in this unlikely friendship. This book was a super fun read. I wish It had come out when I was still in high school because it would have helped me figure out that I was queer. It has extremely relatable characters and witty banter. Brown does it again with an adorable fluff ya rom com!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sammi M.

    I really enjoyed reading The Key to You and Me! I managed to binge through it on breaks and after work in a matter of days. While I wasn't the biggest fan of every character, it's still the kind of queer representation I would've found when I was a little younger. Piper as a character took a long time to grow on me. She felt too hung up on her ex, and while she was very driven it also made her feel kind of self centered. However, I did see a lot of growth in her throughout the storyline and her I really enjoyed reading The Key to You and Me! I managed to binge through it on breaks and after work in a matter of days. While I wasn't the biggest fan of every character, it's still the kind of queer representation I would've found when I was a little younger. Piper as a character took a long time to grow on me. She felt too hung up on her ex, and while she was very driven it also made her feel kind of self centered. However, I did see a lot of growth in her throughout the storyline and her ever evolving relationship with Kat. Kat was a character that I found myself loving and identifying with from the start. As a queer reader myself who struggled for a long time before coming out, her point of view was one I found myself relating to often. Her internal monologue is well rounded and witty, and it was amazing to read along as she became more comfortable in her own skin. Overall, I was a big fan of this book. It was a quick and easy read. While I wasn't the biggest fan of Piper and found myself struggling to stay engaged with the amount of horse information provided, it was still a fun read overall. I found myself wishing to see more further down the line in their lives. Thank you to Jaye Robin Brown and NetGalley as well as the publisher for allowing me to read The Key to You and Me in advance in exchange for an honest review!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paige Morgan

    This is my first Jaye Robin Brown book, and I'm looking forward to exploring her backlist. She does a great job at capturing both main characters, although I found their voices in the alternating chapters a little bit hard to distinguish between at times. Piper has Olympic hopes as a dressage rider, but is also recovering from a difficult breakup -- and she's trying to make progress on both those fronts while living with her grandmother and training and working for a former Olympian. Kat is begi This is my first Jaye Robin Brown book, and I'm looking forward to exploring her backlist. She does a great job at capturing both main characters, although I found their voices in the alternating chapters a little bit hard to distinguish between at times. Piper has Olympic hopes as a dressage rider, but is also recovering from a difficult breakup -- and she's trying to make progress on both those fronts while living with her grandmother and training and working for a former Olympian. Kat is beginning to confront her sense that she likes girls, but uncertain about coming out -- and she needs to earn some summer cash, so it's convenient when Piper's grandmother hires her to teach Piper to drive, right? But what else can Piper and Kat learn from each other? There's a lot going on in this book; all of it good, but some of it, I wish had been explored further -- the supporting characters and relationships could shine -- but they don't really get the space to breathe the way that they could, I think. And I would have actually welcomed more stuff about horses and dressage training. But that said, this is still a solidly great book, and we need more F/F YA, and also, books that are as frank as this one is in narrating characters thinking about their sexuality and sexual experience.

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