Review: The One True Me and You by Remi K. England
The One True Me and You by Remi K. England releases this upcoming Tuesday and I had the extreme pleasure of reading it early and I have been waiting to put my review up here for release week celebrations! This book is so full of queer joy and fandom love, with a side of drama of course – and I think you’d love it too!
The One True Me and Youby Remi K. England, M.K. England
Published by: Wednesday Books
on March 1, 2022
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Young Adult
One small fandom convention.
One teen beauty pageant.
One meet cute waiting to happen.
Up and coming fanfic author Kaylee Beaumont is internally screaming at the chance to finally meet her fandom friends in real life and spend a weekend at GreatCon. She also has a side quest for the weekend:
Try out they/them pronouns to see how it feels
Wear more masculine-presenting cosplay
Kiss a girl for the first time
It’s… a lot, and Kay mostly wants to lie face down on the hotel floor. Especially when her hometown bully, Miss North Carolina, shows up in the very same hotel. But there’s this con-sponsored publishing contest, and the chance to meet her fandom idols… and then, there’s Teagan.
Pageant queen Teagan Miller (Miss Virginia) has her eye on the much-needed prize: the $25,000 scholarship awarded to the winner of the Miss Cosmic Teen USA pageant.
She also has secrets:
She loves the dresses but hates the tiaras
She’s a giant nerd for everything GreatCon
She’s gay af
If Teagan can just keep herself wrapped up tight for one more weekend, she can claim the scholarship and go off to college out and proud. If she’s caught, she could lose everything she’s worked for. If her rival, Miss North Carolina, has anything to do with it, that’s exactly how it’ll go down.
When Teagan and Kay bump into one another the first night, sparks fly. Their connection is intense—as is their shared enemy. If they’re spotted, the safe space of the con will be shattered, and all their secrets will follow them home. The risks are great… but could the reward of embracing their true selves be worth it?
The One True Me & You was such a good, good book, so validating and comforting. Pure queer joy and a story about friendships and finding your people online.
While the book is joyous it’s has just enough drama or a tad more because us fandom people…we feed on drama and apparently so do pageant people! Our two main characters are both semi-far away from home, one attending a beauty pageant and the other a fandom convention, taking place at the same hotel, they both are trying to stick to their goals while also stepping out of their comfort zones. They of course come crashing together and instant sparks ensued.
Really solid budding romance and oh that first feeling and excitement of a con crush! This one was on point capturing those exact feels from being surrounded by a community of people who get you and are accepting, as well as finally feeling safe to be who you truly think you are. Celebrating being proud of who you are, breaking stigmas about femininity, pageants, and not letting a bully win.
The One True Me & You is a heartfelt love letter to fanfiction, fandom, online communities, being queer, and being accepted and finally feeling that sense of pride in who you are and that you are valid.
CW: forced outing, bullying