Author: Avery Flinders
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: 17 August 2016
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Diversity: LGBT characters (bisexual, nonbinary)
TW: the q slur is used a lot
Summary: Laura left her boyfriend in their rural town to move to the city in the hope that her bisexuality wouldn’t be so invisible. She’s found the queer scene but is finding it difficult to connect to anyone there, and there are things she misses about her home. The only thing that feels right is her magic hiking boots, which make plants grow wherever she walks. It helps her recreate a tiny version of her parents’ organic vegetable farm in her front yard.
The tomatoes from her garden draw in Terri, a genderqueer person from down the road who stops to admire them. The two quickly form a bond, and Laura feels she’s finally found someone to whom she really connects and with whom she could grow even closer—until a misunderstanding threatens to ruin everything.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Green Toes is a nice short story with a dash of magical realism.
We’re introduced to Laura, a woman that grew up on a farm and moved to the city to finally date a girl, as there is no LGBT community in her rural town. However, she doesn’t particularly enjoy clubbing and can’t really connect with any of the girls there. While time passes and she still hasn’t been with a girl she grows frustrated.
Thanks to some magic boots she got from her Ex she manages to build a flourishing garden and realizes that clubbing isn’t really her thing. When she meets Terri, who also enjoys gardening a lot, they start to bond and soon that friendship develops into more.
I loved how easily the talk about nonbinary identities went and that there was no homophobia or transphobia at all.
The parts in which Laura describes her troubles dating, especially that it can be hard to build a connection on only one part of your personality, felt incredibly real to me.
I was a bit disappointed that the story was only 28 pages long and I felt that there could have been a bit of an explanation for the magical boots, but I still enjoyed it.
All in all, it was a nice story and I enjoyed it a lot.
Why I read it: I requested a copy on NetGalley as it sounded like a lovely diverse book and I was not disappointed.
Do I recommend it: Yes! It’s a very cute book (with a very nice cover) and I am incredibly happy that there’s a canon genderqueer character (#ownvoices Hell Yeah!) All in all it was really fun to read and I liked it.
Have you read any book with genderqueer characters?