First Look: Girl Hearts Girl | Lucy Sutcliffe

An inspiring, uplifting and sympathetic story about sexuality and self-acceptance, Lucy Sutcliffe’s debut memoir is a personal and moving coming out story. In 2010, at seventeen, Lucy Sutcliffe began an online friendship with Kaelyn, a young veterinary student from Michigan. Within months, they began a long distance relationship, finally meeting in the summer of 2011. Lucy’s video montage of their first week spent together in Saint Kitts, which she posted to the couple’s YouTube channel, was the first in a series of films documenting their long-distance relationship. Funny, tender and candid, the films attracted them a vast online following. Now, for the first time, Lucy’s writing about the incredible personal journey she’s been on; from never quite wanting the fairy-tale of Prince Charming to realising she was gay at the age of 14, through three years of self-denial to finally coming out to friends and family, to meeting her American girlfriend Kaelyn.

I remember finding Lucy and Kaelyn’s Youtube channel many years ago. It was at a time when I was in a queer trans-Atlantic long-distance relationship and I was desperately seeking peoples’ similar experiences. It was nice to have that solidarity even if Kae and Lucy would never know me. Eventually my relationship fizzled and burned, as well as my drive to continue watching Kae and Lucy’s videos. Upon discovering Lucy had a book out, I also decided to check in on Kae and Lucy’s videos again only to discover that months prior to that, they had broken up. Despite knowing that they were no longer together, I decided to go ahead and add the book to my To-Be-Read pile, since the book doesn’t really go into detail about Lucy’s then-relationship with Kaelyn.