Small Change by Roan Parrish.

Small Change was an emotional read for me. Ginger’s journey and her growing awareness of finding some balance was so well written. I think it depicted very accurately what it is like to be a woman in a profession and striving for excellence. And, hello toxic masculinity, and some serious frustration and anger. The writing about tattooing captured perfectly that relationship between artist and subject too. So good!

One of the stronger parts of the book for me was Ginger’s anger. It really resonated, even to the point of making it an uncomfortable read. The confusion and inadvertent pain and distress anger can cause made me totally teary because women are just not supposed to feel this way and yet of course we do. Seriously. It was so refreshing to read this. For me, as a pretty angry youth, this was depicted perfectly. The frustration, impotence and sheer pissed off feeling and tone were completely on point and vivid. How she struggles to deal with these feelings was poignant. I thought about this a lot after I’d finished reading.

I loved the relationships that Ginger had with her friends and the queer representation. They were a found family, which is a theme I really enjoy. That idea that family is who you surround yourself with. I hope there are friends books!

Christopher was well written, seriously hot and I loved his red hair, kind heart and willingness to be vulnerable. The fit together so beautifully and were exactly what the other needed while being by no means perfect. They were such a great couple and just fit.  This was a total treat, beautifully written and well worth a read.

5 Stars.
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