Learning Curves

Learning Curves #1

A fat woman with light brown skin poses with a hand behind her head, holding a cup of coffee in the other and leaning against a wall with light blue panels running horizontally across it. She has long black hair and is wearing a blue sweater, ripped jeans, sunglasses, and striking makeup— she looks very stylish. The title, “Learning Curves,” is above the person in white in an all caps serif font. The author’s name, Ceillie Simkiss, is directly under the title. The text is framed by simple flourishes on the top and bottom.
A fat woman with light brown skin poses with a hand behind her head, holding a cup of coffee in the other and leaning against a wall with light blue panels running horizontally across it. She has long black hair and is wearing a blue sweater, ripped jeans, sunglasses, and striking makeup— she looks very stylish. The title, “Learning Curves,” is above the person in white in an all caps serif font. The author’s name, Ceillie Simkiss, is directly under the title. The text is framed by simple flourishes on the top and bottom. [Image Description by Lune -https://twitter.com/l_daffodilian]

Elena Mendez has always been career-first; with only two semesters of law school to go, her dream of working as a family lawyer for children is finally within reach. She can’t afford distractions. She doesn’t have time for love. 

And she has no idea how much her life will change, the day she lends her notes to Cora McLaughlin. 

A freelance writer and MBA student, Cora is just as career-driven as Elena. But over weeks in the library together, they discover that as strong as they are apart, they’re stronger together. Through snowstorms and stolen moments, through loneliness and companionship, the two learn they can weather anything as long as they have each other–even a surprise visit from Elena’s family. 

From solitude to sweetness, there’s nothing like falling in love. College may be strict…but when it comes to love, Cora and Elena are ahead of the learning curve.

What Readers Thought:

The depiction of mutual affection and familial acceptance results in a sweet love story, and readers looking for tenderness without drama will be charmed.
Great representation aside, this was such a well-written novella. Everything felt so real. The romance was SO sweet and so natural. Plus, I loved that this book dealt featured two protagonists in grad school, since that’s an age/life event we don’t see too often in literature. If you’re looking for more f/f, I can’t recommend this one highly enough.
Learning Curves is a 70-page novella with little conflict and a fluffy love story between two women at college. One of them is a Puerto Rican lesbian studying family law, and the other one is a white panromantic asexual woman with ADHD. You shouldn’t expect a huge epic plot: Learning Curves is more about everyday life, college, celebrating Christmas, a huge, loving Puerto Rican family, and two women falling in love.
To sum up my experience with Learning Curves: I think it will make you laugh. It’s a current book with little nods or name drops that those in the bookish community will be able to enjoy, but those that are just picking up a good book won’t mind either. There will be some quiet, slow smile moments of contentment. There are a couple of instances where a slight hint of sadness creeps in, like the tiniest puncture in a balloon that begins to leak. In the end, though, there is a warm glow and it makes everything worth it