Rating: 5 / 5
Camille Perri’s When Katie Met Cassidy is an enchanting romantic comedy that serves as a poignant reminder that love finds you when you least expect it, and with whom you least expect it.
After being unexpectedly dumped by her fiance, Katie is lost. When she meets Cassidy, she’s desperate to take her mind off of the mess that is her life. So when Cassidy invites her out, she says yes. She realizes once they’ve arrived that this is a lesbian bar.
Cassidy wears men’s suits, her hair cropped, and, frankly, has major big-dick energy. She gives off far more masculine energy than Katie’s ex ever could, and Katie is inexplicably drawn to her… even though she’s definitely 100% straight.
What Katie initially intends to be a friendship quickly becomes something more. What that is, Katie does not know. Add into the mix that Cassidy is quite the player and that Katie has never even considered being with a woman before, and they’ve found themselves in quite the predicament. Can Katie figure out what, and who, she wants? And can Cassidy finally consider settling down – even with a straight girl?
When Katie Met Cassidy is an absolute delight. The story is light-hearted, yet so rich with inclusivity and representation. In case you need me to spell it out: this is a romantic comedy that features a female / female relationship. I enjoy romcoms, but they are so much better when they’re adding to the conversation of diversity and inclusion, and this story perfectly does that.
Katie and Cassidy are messes in their own unique ways. Cassidy is a womanizer who uses sex as a way to deflect from the hard things in her life, while Katie is definitely (can you sense the eye roll here?) straight and may or may not be stringing Cassidy along in some pseudo-lesbian fantasy. They’re both trying their best, though – neither with ill intent. Katie and Cassidy are so real; it’s very refreshing.
One aspect of the story that I find particularly compelling is Katie’s reevaluation of her sexuality. She’s confident that she’s straight – she was engaged to a man, she’s never been in a relationship with a woman. And yet, she’s attracted to Cassidy. What does this mean for her, her life up to this point? This feels like one deeply honest portrayal of sexuality and how it’s fluid, complicated, and always evolving.
When Katie Met Cassidy is not only an important read, it’s also so fun. The eclectic cast of characters and the excitement of a new, surprising relationship jump off every page and make for a joyous story of love and acceptance. Bonus: it’s quite short – I read it in one day!
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