Title: I Kissed Alice
Author: Anna Birch
Release date: July 28th, 2020
Rhodes and Iliana couldn’t be more different, but that’s not why they hate each other.
Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator’s block, while transfer student Iliana tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce.
They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a graphic novel. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other…a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other’s future?
The first half of this book was difficult to get through, but it really picked up for me in the last quarter to make this a moderately enjoyable read.
It’s a f/f enemies to lovers, which in theory I love, but it was just… a lot of hate, and a lot of choppy drama storylines, and a lot of girl hate which made it harder to enjoy. I can get behind the enemies thing, but there was something about this particular rival-ship that just felt wrong to me.
It was a bit hard to differentiate between the different perspectives, and I had to keep reminding myself which POV I was currently reading from. The writing was enjoyable enough to read, but it just didn’t have me sucked in.
I was most invested in the storyline of this one. The charactes didn’t quite have me hooked, but I cared enough to root for things to work out for them. It was an interesting storyline, and by the second half of the book, it really had me wanting to keep going. Whereas in the first quarter, I had been debating putting this one down.
Overall, this didn’t do too much to me, but I’m happy to see more and more f/f stories getting some of the tropes we know and love. This may be exactly the thing some people are looking for, but it didn’t quite do it for me.
*ARC received through NetGalley for honest review*