A review by heresthepencil
All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews

challenging emotional hopeful slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


 rep: Indian lesbian mc, Black genderfluid lesbian polyam character, lesbian li, sapphic side characters, Indian side characters, Black side characters
tw: past child sexual abuse, transphobia, fatphobia, drugs & alcohol addictions

this is such a warm book! yes, it's ugly at times, messy, the protagonist not likeable & questionable in a lot of her choices. but that's just life. and at its heart, this is a book about love and tenderness. (without really being a romance, even if the love story plays such a big role in it.) a book about how friendship can save you, or rather: can make you see that you want to save yourself. about how without community we can't really navigate this world. about how even if we don't understand something, we can still support our loved ones. basically, this book shows us the possibility of a better, love-filled world.

it’s also very much an Asian immigrant book, in the sense that it captures that experience without being fanciful.