romance · Young adult

The First Move – Jenny Ireland ★★★★★

Blurb; Juliet believes girls like her – girls with arthritis – don’t get their own love stories. She exists at the edges of her friends’ social lives, skipping parties to play online chess under a pseudonym with strangers around the world. There, she isn’t just ‘the girl with crutches’.

Ronan is the new kid: good looking, smart, a bad boy plagued by guilt over what happened to his brother Ciaran. Chesslife is his escape; there, he’s not just ‘the boy with the brother’.

Juliet thinks Ronan thinks someone like Ronan could never be interested in someone like her – and she wouldn’t want him to be anyway because he always acts like he’s cooler than everyone else. Whereas, Ronan thinks life is already too complicated for dating and just wants to keep his head down at school.

Little do they know they’ve already discovered each other online, and have more in common than they think . . .

My review; This was such a cute, romantic story. It’s a YA/romance. A high school setting, enter Ronin, the new hot, moody guy, and everyone wants him. Meet Juliet, the girl with arthritis… The odd one out who has to use crutches to walk. This story is absolutely perfect in representing a disability at a young age and mixing that in with school, appointments, love, friends, and fake friends. Many characters in this story are battling their own problems at home. It’s an all-around beautiful story with a happy ending for everyone. Does involve a lot of online chess. I devoured this. Highly recommend. A well-deserved five stars from me. It is an easy, uplifting read.

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