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NÃ¤r kommer du tillbaka?
by Marika Kolterjahn
Title translated to English: When Are You Coming Back?
First line: Innan jag hunnit lÃ¤ngta eller ens tÃ¤nka pÃ¥ det Ã¤r tiden inne att flytta hemifrÃ¥n.
Back cover blurb:
“Vi sÃ¤tter oss pÃ¥ nÃ¥gra stenar och ser ut Ã¶ver en Ã¥ker. Vi sitter dÃ¤r bredvid varandra och Ã¤r tysta en stund. Hon har gett mig mycket att tÃ¤nka pÃ¥. Jag tÃ¤nker: Vad rÃ¤dd hon har blivit, fÃ¶r ensamhet, fÃ¶r mÃ¤nniskor, fÃ¶r livet utanfÃ¶r hemmet. Nu litar hon pÃ¥ mig. Nu tar hon tag i mig. TÃ¤nk om jag inte kan leva upp till hennes fÃ¶rvÃ¤ntningar? TÃ¤nk om jag sviker henne?”
NÃ¤r Johanna bÃ¶rjar gymnasiet i stan blir hon vÃ¤n med Magda, en tyst och tillbakadragen tjej som har det tufft med sig sjÃ¤lv. Johanna vill hjÃ¤lpa henne, men vill Magda ha hennes hjÃ¤lp? Eller tycker hon bara att Johanna Ã¤r skitjobbig?
Very short synopsis in English: Johanna moves from her childhood home to start high school. In her class is Magda, a quiet and introverted girl who quite obviously is not doing too great. Johanna tries to help her and pull her out of her shell, but are her efforts at all appreciated or does Magda think she’s just a pain in the arse?
Thoughts: I read Marika Kolterjahn’s first book a couple of years back and thought it was decent. Not much more, but then there’s not much lesbian young adult fiction out there at all, so it doesn’t do to be too choosy. For that reason I decided I wanted to read this other book of her’s. As it turned out, this is just young adult fiction, not lesbian young adult fiction, and so I felt that it does do to be, if not too choosy, then at least choosier. Quite honestly, Marika Kolterjahn isn’t the best of writers, in my opinion. She’s not outright bad, though, she’s just boring. Her wife is much better.
One good thing did come out of reading this book — I have now read eleven of my twelve picks for the YA challenge. Only one more to go, in other words. This one gets a C. It doesn’t deserve much more than that. Not much less either, for that matter.