Publishers Weekly Review
Nattie and her friends all belong to their suburban Philadelphia prep school's small gay-straight alliance, aka the OWLALGBTQIA; they aren't persecuted or harassed-that would require being noticed. But that's just fine with junior Nattie, best friend/club founder Tess, and the two Zachs, one gay, one straight. Then the much cooler Sebastian Delacroix-already graduated, and fronting a band that's getting airplay-writes a song that might be about Nattie. They had a moment once, and he texts her occasionally, but does he like her? And what about the infinitely patient "Zach the Anarchist" (actually a vegetarian liberal)? Does he want more than friendship? Nattie would like to keep the Sebastian part of her life separate, but this proves increasingly impossible as the alliance struggles to sponsor a school dance that the popular kids will attend. Although the story can skew a bit too cute, debut author Thornburgh thoughtfully charts the tensions and loyalties among a solid group of friends. Rom-com-savvy readers won't be surprised by how things turn out, but getting there makes for sweetly offbeat and entertaining reading. Ages 13-up. Agent: Uwe Stender, Triada U.S. Literary. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Gr 8 Up-Thornburgh deftly balances snark and optimism in this thoroughly delightful novelization of the song "Hey There Delilah." Brainy and adorably awkward Nattie leads a fairly average life: she's an active member of the LGBT club and has a group of quirky friends, enchantingly eccentric parents, and a mountain of Latin homework. Normally, her biggest enterprise would be pulling off Operation Big Gay Dance Party. Yet when Nattie's unrequited crush Sebastian Delacroix becomes an indie rock sensation with his sultry hit "Natalie," life takes a turn for the crazy. Is Nattie Sebastian's muse? Nattie becomes the subject of much social media speculation amid a quasi-flirtation with Sebastian, which turns her world topsy-turvy. Thornburgh manages subtle social media commentary. Afternoons spent baking and translating Catullus with good friend Zach the Anarchist muddy the waters further with Sebastian. Whom does Nattie like? Who sincerely cares for her? Superficial character development, a fairly stereotypical entourage, and soon-to-be-dated cultural references keep this novel lighthearted, which is Thornburgh's aim. Furthermore, there are few surprises in the lead-up to a happy ending. However, teens will want to read every page. VERDICT Readers will root for this intelligent heroine surrounded by terribly clever and articulate friends. The snappy dialogue, extremely likable characters, and daydream-worthy plot make this fun romance with Gilmore Girls-esque humor a perfect summer read.-Laura Falli, McNeil High School, Austin, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Nattie in a nutshell: 17, good at dead languages, allergic to strawberries, almost been kissed (twice once by her good friend Zach, once by now-graduated hottie Sebastian Delacroix). Nattie's content with her wacky family and her core group of friends they're all members of the gay-straight alliance, and Nattie's BFF Tess is the president, currently leading a charge to raise money for an LGBT-friendly winter formal. But then Sebastian rolls back into town with his band, Young Lungs, and their new hit single, Natalie. For Nattie, whose musical taste leans more toward Joni Mitchell than hipster rock, this is both flattering and alarming. Is she really that Natalie? Do she and Sebastian, who has started messaging her on social media, actually have a connection? If they do, what does that mean for Nattie's friendship with Zach, the boy who's always been there? Charmingly awkward and rooted in the bonds of friendship more than romance, this is a sweet, funny debut. Readers will sympathize with Nattie as she pushes herself out of her comfort zone.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2017 Booklist