This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In The Secret Observations of Liliana Joo by SC McQueen, let’s be clear about the term ‘yaoi’ for the sake of some readers who might have no clue about it. Yaoi is a Japanese term for ‘boys’ love’ or male-to-male romantic relationships. The yaoi genre is prevalent in the manga industry. The yaoi characters are usually young teens to adults, and the fans are usually young females. Protagonist Liliana Joo is one of them. When she starts to struggle with English and Physics, worrying that the problem might jeopardize her performance in the school play, she works out her tutorial schedules with Mr. Luke Hatton, the English Literature teacher, and Mr. Howard Seaside who teaches Physics. She is then able to focus on other things, such as Mr. Hatton and Mr. Seaside's relationship. There’s also another potential couple in her sight, the subject of Liliana’s secret ‘observations’.
It wasn’t easy for me to root for Liliana and see the world through her perspective. She is portrayed as a bright student, but also a hysterical drama queen. The reasons for her hysterical behavior make her worthy of readers’ empathy, though. Due to her emotional roller-coaster which resonates directly through the narrative, the plot climax doesn't seem like a climax at all. Oddly, despite the lead character being a drama queen, the sense of the melodramatic isn’t as intense as I expected it to be. On the whole, it’s somewhat chaotic and different but was still an entertaining read for me.