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Iris Kelly Doesn't Date: A swoon-worthy, laugh-out-loud queer romcom

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The book doesn't even give the poor guy any lines, but makes a point to mention him again, this time by the narrator: "It was two gay men - one of them trans(. e not cis, thin, white) are used as a throwaway line, they don't even show up ("Phoebe was a trans woman and a costume designer" "Tori was a Black lesbian"). Ah yes, so, it turns out that “throwing every single queer stereotype at the wall and seeing what sticks” worked for me for precisely one book. Similar to how I felt abt Jordan in book 2, I though not as extreme as i pretty much never warmed up to her at all). Stevie's ex constantly bullies Iris, but it's Iris that gets chastised for standing her ground, Stevie never tries to defend her.

Thank you to the eARC deities who gave me a copy of this book to read the moment it became available. Stevie and Iris are required to "work" on themselves and improve their behaviour, but only to the point of "getting the girl" - the ultimate end goal.The way they treated her was really not cool, and it made me dread spending time in Stevie’s chapters and having to read the things her friends were doing and saying. this wasn't a perfect book, but what it was was cute and frustrating and angsty and OHMYGODTHESECHARACTERSARESOSTUPIDPLEASEJUSTTALKTOEACHOTHER.

Perfectly happy to ignore her problems as per usual, Iris goes to a bar in Portland and meets a sexy stranger, Stefania, and a night of dancing and making out turns into the worst one-night stand Iris has had in her life (vomit and crying are regretfully involved). Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back (or, if that link doesn't work, here's a cache of the original) and it changed how I understand story.As the two women play the part of a happy couple, lines start to blur, and they’re left wondering who will make the real first move…. This example particularly demonstrates my point because of the use of the em dashes — just to really make sure you didn’t miss that info! She is begged by her ex/friend to play the lead in a "queered up production of Much Ado" because they know that she will sell seats as a big name in the scene (she's big enough to sell out a theatre but not to be offered any other roles? I think book two remains my favorite—I would do illegal things for Astrid Parker—but Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date is definitely a close second! It falls into so many plot contrivances to make sure that the leads don't notice each other acting and reacting a certain way to a situation.

Except Stevie's friends think that Iris is her girlfriend, and what's a girl to do except fake date Iris to get her well meaning, but pushy, friends off her back. Women in their 30's who are out for years are naming their groupchats "Cheers for Queers" and get starry eyed seeing a coffee drink named "Pansexual Pistachio Cold Brew".perhaps i wanted more of a slooow burn but when stevie put on her big girl pants, i was eating the words as though i were starved let me tell you. All is going to plan until the stranger responds to Iris’s seduction technique by vomiting all over her. When she's not writing or reading, she's wrangling her two young sons, falling into Pinterest holes, drinking coffee, taking walks, or trying to figure out which Orphan Black clone she likes best. Stevie, fresh from a long-term relationship and learning how to manage her anxiety independently, is struggling to get back into the dating scene.

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