Fantasy Mystery Romance Comics Non-Fiction

A Girl Like Her

Sunday, August 4, 2019

A Girl Like Her (2018) Talia Hibbert

The nice thing about romance series is that it’s really ok to read them out of order, since you know you’re getting a HEA and there are only small details to possibly spoil, not the outcome.

I read the third book, and decided I really wanted to read the first, because the heroine is on the autism spectrum AND is a woman of color.

I’m positive I’ve never come across that combination anywhere before, so I had to read more.

Ruth Kabbah loves comic books and hates dealing with people. So writing a web comic is perfect, since it means she doesn’t have to leave the house if she doesn’t want to.

Which she really doesn’t want to, since she garnered quite a reputation for herself.

Evan left the army and found a job as a metal-smith in Ravenswood. His immediate supervisor is a jackass, but he likes his co-worker Zack, and he is intrigued by his new neighbor.

Here’s the second reason why you should read this book.

It was a lot of fun to write a main character with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, as someone with ASD myself. I hope that my neuroatypical readers find in Ruth the sort of representation we rarely get: an autistic character with a personality and a life, rather than an animated stereotype.

The first is that it’s a good story, full of secrets and reveals but without stupid misunderstandings.

First, I really like Evan.

It made Evan uncomfortable, when people thought they ‘owed’ him. He didn’t do the right thing for credit. He did it because he had to.

Second, Ruth is the only character I’ve read about who is as clumsy as I am.

Now she didn’t know if she should laugh or gasp. She compromised by choking on her own spit.

Done that.

She rolled her eyes and picked up the mugs. He deftly took them from her and carried them into the living room, as if she wasn’t capable of handling it herself. True, she usually spilled tea everywhere. But her balance would never get better if she didn’t practice.

Oh yes. Totally me.

She wasn’t graceful. She was, in fact, the opposite of graceful. He worried for her safety once every five seconds at least. When she poured half of the hot water onto the counter, he was only surprised that she didn’t scald herself in the process.

Also me.

This is a boinking book, just so you know. But the characters are so lovely it didn’t bother me at all. Especially since it talks about consent and periods and how we have fat rolls when we sit and all kinds of stuff.

Publisher: Nixon House
Rating: 8/10


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