I have to admit I was really really looking forward to reading this book, not only I had to wait so long to actually hold it in my hands and since I kept putting off for Pride Month. Honestly, it felt like a delayed gratification kind of situation but as you will see in my review, I didn’t mind so much after I started the first few pages.
Let’s get on with this review
I Wish You All the Best
by Mason Deaver
When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.
But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.
At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity
Slight spoilers, nothing major
As I mentioned before I’ve been (not so) patiently waiting to read this book. I’ve heard so many gush about it and put it in conversation with Red, White and Royal Blue which I loved. And honestly after having read it, I can understand why. Although RWRB is less angsty pretty much throughout the story, not that was a bad thing just the main difference.
I Wish You All the Best gives us a story about creating a family, finding ways to be truthful to yourself and with others, but most of all how to find your happy and what that means for you.
For Ben this means coming clean and telling their parents they are non-binary. Unfortunately, their parents don’t react well and kick them. This leads Ben into reconnecting with their sister, meeting her husband and going through a reluctant journey of happiness and acceptance. They work out their issues and even discover platonic and romantic love.
It’s a sweet at times heartbreaking, i got choked up from certain moments (that Ben/Nathan moment) but also had tears of joy at sme other moments. Nathan as the love interest had his flaws, but even those were little, he was adorable, endearing and flawed, 100% believable for a teenager.
But most of all, what I loved about this story was that the ending was positive, it didn’t mean everything got magically resolved but that it can get better, and for so many, hearing that from a person who has gone through it, is so important.
I couldn’t recommend this book enough
Up next is:
*Review of the American Dreamers series by Adriana Herrera on the 16th June
*Review of Green Creek series by T.J. Klune on the 18th June
and then I will resume the normal Pride Reading Schedule (unless another book or two come up in the middle)
What have you been all reading? Any lgbt+ books from your TBR that you’ve taken advantage to read? since it’s Pride Month and all
Let me know 🙂