Book Review: Because of Her by K.E. Payne

For seventeen-year-old Tabitha “Tabby” Morton, life sucks. Big time. Forced to move to London thanks to her father’s new job, she has to leave her friends, school, and, most importantly, her girlfriend Amy, far behind. To make matters worse, Tabby’s parents enroll her in the exclusive Queen Victoria Independent School for Girls, hoping that it will finally make a lady of her.

But Tabby has other ideas.

Loathing her new school, Tabby fights against everything and everyone, causing relations with her parents to hit rock bottom. But when the beautiful and beguiling Eden Palmer walks into her classroom one day and catches her eye, Tabby begins to wonder if life there might not be so bad after all.

When Amy drops a bombshell about their relationship following a disastrous visit, Tabby starts to see the need for new direction in her life. Fighting her own personal battles, Eden brings the possibility of change for them both. Gradually, Tabby starts to turn her life around—and it’s all because of her.


This one really blew my mind with the interest that developed throughout the story. Certainly a wonderful British young adult novel.

When I discovered this novel for some reason I was hesitant but those feelings were quickly dispelled once I actually started reading. This is the perfect Lesbian romance novel for young adults and really explores the trepidation when it comes to coming out to both parents and friends, as well as young love. 

The main character, Tabby, is a wonderful protagonist. She is first and foremost honest with herself about her sexuality. It’s nice to see a young woman represented so strongly and positively. She is confident about her sexuality which is a breath of fresh air in a sea of confused and unsure women. But there is still Eden to show the fear that people face but not in a domineering way. It’s all very subtle. 

The plot is simple but powerful in the message that it is conveying. It is easy to understand and follows a simple pattern. There is no contrived love triangle, just the falling out of one relationship and discovering another. No cheating just real feelings.

Overall, this is an amazing young adult novel about same-sex relationships.