The Split

Laura Kay

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ romance
emotional lighthearted medium-paced

238 pages | first published 2021

Wounded and betrayed, after being dumped by her girlfriend, Ally makes off to her dad’s in Sheffield with the one thing that might soothe the pain and force her ex to speak to her again: Emily's cat, Malcolm.

Back home and forced into a 'date' by their parents, Ally and her first ever beard, Jeremy, come up with a ridiculous plan to win their exes back... to revenge-run a half marathon. Given neither of them can run, they enlist the support of athletic, not to mention beautiful, Jo. But will she have them running for the hills... or will their ridiculous plan pay off...?

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lighthearted 100%
funny 75%
emotional 58%
hopeful 50%
inspiring 33%
relaxing 16%
sad 16%
adventurous 8%
challenging 8%


medium 41%
fast 41%
slow 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 80% | A mix: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 10%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 10%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 44% | It's complicated: 22% | N/A: 22% | No: 11%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 55% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 22%

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