Review | Act Your Age, Eve Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Series: The Brown Sisters #3
Trigger Warning - Anti-Autistic Ableism, Childhood Neglect, PTSD, Self-Diagnoses
Disclaimer – This book was read in the ARC* form. There may be some differences in this version than from what appears in other copies of this book. This book contains erotic content for ages 18+ that may be mentioned below and should be read with discretion. Do not read further if you would like to avoid any discussion on those topics.
Publication: March 2021
This romantic comedy is full of inclusivity and plenty of love. These characters are enemies to lovers in a sense, but were attracted to each other from the start. There is no doubt that they are perfect for each other no matter what problems they encounter initially. With ethnicity positivity, body positivity, and diagnoses positivity this story shares how the beauty of the human race is in our differences and how we can still love each other. No matter how different or similar we may be.
In-Depth Review (contains spoilers)
From the back and forth battling, blatant checking out, and diverse awareness, I loved some much about this story. Eve and Jacob were both characters I could get behind even at their lowest moments. They both had sound reasoning from start to finish but still managed to grow. I wanted nothing but happiness for them both.
I cannot even begin to say how much I loved the whole centeredness of autism. It was normalized while still showing that it's a different way of living. It's different than what today's society has deemed "normal" but this in itself is a normal to people with autism. It also brings awareness to the fact that autism, like any neurodiversity, is not the same for every person and that it can sometimes be really difficult to get a diagnoses. But that didn't matter in the end. Even though Jacob was so set in his ways with his hyper-focusing and rough adjustment to change, he still adapted to Eve. He recognized her quirks and attempted to accommodate and work with them since he knew his own quirks could sometimes be confusing for others.
Eve also was a perfect example of how diverse people can be even if they are on the same mental spectrum. Her personality is opposite and yet a perfect fit for Jacob. She is the storm to his calm. Even if her family thinks that is the problem with her all along, Jacob shows that it's one of her most endearing features.
This story is nothing but love through and through. Even with their arguments and annoyances between each other at the start, that played a part in their attraction towards each other. They keep one another on their toes by helping themselves improve in all aspects of their lives and business. Being a romance, you expect them to get together in the end, and they do, but the journey is worth the wait.
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*ARC, or Advance Reading Copy, is a pre-published, nearly complete version of a new book that is given out before the official release date. The aim is to gain reviews that can coincide with the launching and to get booksellers interested in selling the book. It is normal for there to be changes from the ARC to the actual published copy since this form is an uncorrected proof.