What We Left Behind by Robin Talley


Publisher: Mira Ink

Publication Date: 12 November 2015

“What if discovering who you really are means letting go of who you’ve been?

Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re hopelessly in love.

When they separate for their first year at college they’re sure their relationship will stay rock solid.

The reality of being apart, however, is very different. Toni’s discovering a new world – and a new gender identity – but Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside of their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen won’t understand Toni’s shifting identity, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in this puzzle. Now they must decide if their love is strong enough to last.”


Firstly I’d like to thank Midas PR for sending me this book to read and share my thoughts. The blurb really caught my attention and I was keen to find out if it would be as interesting as it sounded.

Where can I start – it was a fascinating read! This is not your average love story but that’s what made it so special in my eyes.

Toni and Gretchen had a natural spark but this raised the question of how each of them would react when they went to different colleges. What followed felt so real, the author had a wonderful way of bringing me into the storyline with her honest style of writing.

The thing that stood out the most was Toni’s struggle with gender identity. Not being something I’ve ever come across before it was a real eye-opener for me and I feel like I learned a few things on the subject. I think it would be a fantastic read for anyone who is dealing with this kind of dilemma or even knows of someone who’s going through it.

As with most YA books there was plenty of teenage drama and mountains of confusion to contend with. I personally found it a difficult book to put down because I needed to find out what life-changing decision would be made in the end.

This was a real page-turner, a refreshing read with an important message.


Robin Talley grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, writing terrible teen poetry and riding a desegregation bus to the school across town. Robin is married and lives in Washington, D.C., with an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. When Robin’s not writing, she’s often planning communication strategies at organizations fighting for equal rights and social justice.

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