Last month I read Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall and it absolutely destroyed me in the best way possible. I’m so happy I was able to get this book from my local library, and hope more people love it as much as I did!
The story follows Corinne, a cross country runner who is getting ready to race towards a scholarship and college. Her parents are divorced, she’s recently new to town, and she has a secret: she’s bisexual, and dating her rival school’s cross country team captain, Maggie.
Then one day in the locker room, Corinne hears the girls talking: there’s been an accident, and someone at their rival school has died. Immediately, she knows it was Maggie, and runs to hide and cry. (This isn’t a spoiler, it’s in the description and happens right away!)
The book then flips back and forth from before and after the accident, so we get a glimpse at their relationship, how it progressed, and how Corinne deals with her grief.
Grief is a huge theme in this book, coupled with how hard it is to process because no one knew they were dating. And publicly grieving her dead girlfriend also means outing herself, which Corinne isn’t ready to do. However, she finds a good support system, and is able to begin processing everything that happened.
I saw so much of myself in this book, and loved every minute of it. With such important, personal themes, it’s one that I hope many are able to read. It’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, and I can’t wait to talk about it with others.