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Shira Glassman reviews Who We Could Be by Chelsea Cameron – The Lesbrary

Who We Could Be cover

Who We Could Be cover

I think this book is going to be chocolate cream pie for readers who are suckers for friends-to-lovers f/f.

Who We Could Be by Chelsea Cameron is pitched as (grown) Anne/Diana from the beloved Anne of Green Gables series. Cameron has definitely captured the magic of the conventional girl (Diana, or “Monty” in this book — Montgomery, possibly as a nod to the inspiration’s author) dragged eagerly into the creative, spontaneous, and unconventional schemes and adventures of her red-haired best friend (Anne, or “Tess” in this book.)

We’ve moved about 300 miles west from Prince Edward Island to Maine, and 150 years forward into the present day, but Cameron preserved the general part of the world, the small-town feel, and most importantly, the dynamic of the original relationship. As mentioned above, Tess has the imagination, quirks, and impulsiveness of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, or the original Anne Shirley. In addition, the initial best friend relationship between the two leads has that intense obsessive feel that causes some readers to long for Anne/Diana in the first place.

Let’s put it this way: there are characters in this book who are basically waiting for Tess and Monty to realize they’re in love with each other, because they kind of act like they already are, way before it happens. For one thing, when Monty’s engagement goes up in smoke, Tess goes on the honeymoon with her instead. Which is in Savannah, Georgia, by the way, if you want to vicariously enjoy it with them. Actually, to be frank about that, there are degrees of this intensity that felt a little smothery to me, but I’m going to be aboveboard and admit that I’ve got specific, personal experiences that color my thoughts here. And not every fictional relationship is going to be 100% perfect for every reader.

Another pleasant and unexpected deviation from the original canon: first of all, Tess, unlike Anne, is not an orphan. She’s part of a large, noisy family (that includes a trans lesbian aunt and her wife, who is also trans!) This is a fun wish fulfillment that I feel the original Anne would be touched to know about. By the end of the book, it has really leaned into the well-noted phenomenon of friend groups who all eventually come out because of the way we find each other before we’re even out to ourselves.

The sex scene toward the end of the book is hot and satisfying. And it’s a really slow burn because both girls start the book thinking they’re straight so it’s good to have a well-written payoff after all that.

I want to leave a warning on this book, by the way, that will only be relevant to a few readers but for those readers it will matter. Many of the supporting female characters in this book (although not the two leads) are either pregnant or in the process of arranging motherhood some other way. If you would rather avoid that, perhaps wait on picking up this title.

Shira Glassman is the author of fluffy, feel-good f/f fiction such as Knit One Girl Two about an indie dyer and the wildlife painter who inspires her next round of sock club, or Fearless, about a band mom who’s swept off her feet by the music teacher.

Shana reviews Who We Could be by Chelsea Cameron – The Lesbrary

Shana reviews Who We Could be by Chelsea Cameron –

Who We Could be by Chelsea Cameron

Who We Could Be is a fluffy, heartwarming romance about supposedly straight best friends who fall in love with each other. The story loosely reimagines two of my favorite characters, Anne Shirley and Diana Barry from Anne of Green Gables. I sometimes find coming out stories too predictable and trite. I loved this gooey, angst free story anyway, and recommend it for when you need an inclusive, low-conflict read.

Tessa is a quiet, nurturing, librarian who falls asleep most nights while giggling over the phone with her best friend Monty. She’s engaged to be married to a guy no one much likes, especially outspoken Monty. The two friends are fiercely and unapologetically each other’s most important person.

Monty works at a bookstore owned by her lesbian trans aunts, and is also engaged to her sweet friend Gilbert Gus, who she adores, but is more likely to play games with than kiss. When Tessa’s lackluster fiance cheats on her, Monty takes her on an alternate honeymoon. This leads to the two going on practice dates to help Tessa ease into dating again. Along the way these two figure out what everyone around them already knows: they’re perfect for one another.

Tessa and Monty have an intensely loving friendship, and watching them discover their romantic side left me squealing with joy. Their dynamic is a balm for every fan who sighed over two straight characters who clearly should be dating each other, whether that’s Rizzoli and Isles, or Diana and Anne.

Who We Could Be has an idyllic, fairy tale quality. It’s set in a progressive small New England town, and cocoons the characters within this supportive atmosphere. Instead of leaning into the drama of ended engagements and newfound sexuality, the story resolves potentially obstacles easily, letting Tessa and Monty’s playful relationship take center stage. I appreciated that the characters come to recognize their queer sexuality before falling in love with one another, and the role Monty’s aunts play in their drama-free coming out process.

Cameron specializes in stories about BFFs who fall in love, and after reading Who We Could Be, I devoured her backlist. This remains my favorite version of this trope. Highly recommended for fans of quiet romances.

Pop Culture Fix: Cameron Esposito and Glennon Doyle Nickname LA’s NWSL Team “The Lesbians”

Pop Culture Fix: Cameron Esposito and Glennon Doyle Nickname LA's

Well, hello and welcome back to another Pop Culture Fix, your bi-weekly round-up of queer pop culture news.

+ Natalie gave you a comprehensive rundown of Los Angeles’ NWSL expansion team yesterday in Also.Also.Also, but I would like to add the important pop culture information that Cameron Esposito and Glennon Doyle have solid team mascot ideas. (Also please enjoy Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain — all members of the new ownership group — at a USWNT game in 2019.)

+ Chris Colfer wrote a tribute to Naya Rivera in Variety and it’s beautiful.

+ Heather Morris posted a tribute video of her dancing to Naya’s song Radio Silence on her Instagram.


+ Legend of Korra is finally coming to Netflix in August! Bomb Girls is coming to Acorn TV!

+ Over at Bitch, Maggie Chirdo wrote about how Scooby-Doo’s Velma shaped lesbian culture.

+ Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (aka The One Where Mae Whitman plays Ramona’s half-ninja lesbian ex-girlfriend) turns ten years old this week and the cast came together to do a full table read of the script.

+ Austen Osworth is guesting on the Pop Tarot newsletter today with a brilliant piece about The Baby-Sitter’s Club members as knights of the minor arcana.

+ At the A.V. Club, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya has assembled the definitive list of the ten queerest episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess.

+ Tomb Radier creator Jackson Lanzing told comics legend Gail Simone that they tried so hard to make Lara Croft canonically gay.

+ After the Scarlett Johansson backlash, Rub and Tug will now be a series with a trans character played by a trans actor and written by a trans writer. (Now, was that so hard?)

+ Pose creator Steven Canals is working on a new project for FX: “a limited series exploring the historic effort by a group of medical professionals to change the definition homosexuality from being classified as a mental illness.”

+ Melanie Scrofano says Wynonna Earp‘s gonna “come out swinging” in season four.

+ COVID-19 is happening on Grey’s Anatomy

+ Netflix cancels If Only after the Turkish government refused to grant them a filming license because the script had a gay character.

+ CBS All Access critical darling The Good Fight will begin airing some episodes on BET next week.

+ CBC renewed Burden of Truth for a fourth season.

+ Lena Waithe has written the latest version of a script for the musical drama Talent Show, which will star Cynthia Erivo, and which Natalie says allows her to move firmly back onto Team Love Is a Lie.

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She’s a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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