During her free-time, Clara enjoys knitting and dying yarn. While she’s looking for inspiration on her next sock club, she meets artist Danielle.
Why this book?: I heard amazing things about this one, and I’ve been meaning to read Shira Glassman’s writing for a while now!
If I were asked to describe this book with one word, it would be ‘cute’. And that, obviously, was probably one of the objectives that Glassman set for herself when she set out to write this story. It’s exactly as most people described it: a cute, Jewish, F/F novella featuring a knitter and an artist. You will not be disappointed in that area.
Clara and Danielle were both very enjoyable to read, and I loved the nods towards them both being Jewish. They first met over lunch at a Jewish restaurant, and then there were more small additions that made their religion noticeable. All of the main characters were fairly well-rounded and developed. I loved that Danielle was chubby, and that the story didn’t focus on that aspect of her. It was just a fact. Each character was diverse and unique and were all enjoyable.
Some of the minor characters were mentioned to be non-binary and trans, and this where a *small* critique will come in. When the non-binary character was introduced, they had a dialogue, but then the dialogue tag was something like this: “said ___, the non-binary high school student”. That was how they were introduced. Personally, I was a little off-put by this. To me, it feels like they are being defined by their ID, and not who they are as a person. This tag really wormed it’s way into me, and put me on the edge for the rest of the novella. While it was minor, it was enough for me to become wary.
I also had some difficulty with the writing style. While I wouldn’t call it simple, there were often gaps in the narrative that made the story hard to read and understand at times.
Final Rating: ★★★★☆
Other than that one small bump, Knit One, Girl Two was an extremely cute novella that was a quick and entertaining read. I can’t wait to read more of Glassman’s novels, especially her Mangoverse novels.
Would I Recommend?
Totally! The dialogue tag was most likely a personal preference, but it still bothered me enough that I want others to be aware of it.
As far as I’m aware, there are no trigger warnings for this novella.
Published: May 22nd, 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Page Count: 68
Synopsis: via Goodreads
Small-batch independent yarn dyer Clara Ziegler is eager to brainstorm new color combinations–if only she could come up with ideas she likes as much as last time! When she sees Danielle Solomon’s paintings of Florida wildlife by chance at a neighborhood gallery, she finds her source of inspiration. Outspoken, passionate, and complicated, Danielle herself soon proves even more captivating than her artwork…
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