[20] Pride Book 3 Review

Hi all!
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

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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 🙂

[16] pre-pride: starting off

Before my June (Pride) Month post I thought it was fitting to post this review of a series of novels I had decided to check out thanks to receiving the ARC of the last novel through Netgalley.

Riven Series by Roan Parrish

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (overall)

As I mentioned previously I’m a big fan of the middle of somewhere series by Roan Parrish so I decided to check this series after I received the Raze ARC, Thanks to Netgalley. Since it was a series I didn’t think jumping to the last novel was probably going to help me understand the theme of the series or the characters in it. Overall, the series is very character-driven and about personal and emotional growth of two characters (in each series) that are just a tiny bit damaged. These novels focus on healing, hope, change and growth. I would content warn for substance (drugs and alcohol) abuse, anxiety, mental health and panic attacks. Now onto each book (under a read more for spoilers)

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[9] pleasantly surprised

Something Like Happy

By Sasha Greene

An emotional and thought-provoking novel about friendship, love and day-to-day struggles with mental health.

Jade is just trying to get by. She doesn’t want to talk about it. She doesn’t want a fuss.

But one day she meets Nick and everything changes.
Out of the most difficult of situations, Nick and Jade’s friendship grows into something both of them never knew they needed.
Jade used to be sure that she was better off alone. But could it be that together, with Nick by her side, she can start to feel something like happy again?

5 reasons to read this book:

*issues around MI, depression, suicidal ideation, bullying, death, family issues
*story is also about connecting with other people, finding healthy ways to cope with MI, depression.
*make your own bucket list and stick to it, reasons to want to continue living kind of list
*reluctant friends to lovers
*slowburn romance that develops naturally but its a part of the novel not the main focus of the novel

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thanks to NetGalley, Sasha Greene, Harper Impulse and Killer for the ARC in exchange for this honest review!

CW: suicidal ideation, MI, bullying, death

If you saw my tweet previously, you probably saw my comment on working through my backlog of Netgalley books. And how I was struggling to connect with some of them. This was the 3rd and as they say, third time’s a charm. Although I have to admit, initially this book was part of the ‘I don’t think I’ll connect, it’s a fine read but I might not feel anything when I finish’. The first quarter of the book had me reading a bit, stopping, checking twitter, going to the kitchen and rinse and repeat. Which is why I found myself pleasantly surprised, I didn’t expect to connect to this book as much as I did but as I continued reading I found myself relating to Nick in various ways, especially with struggling to find the perfect balance between having a support system but not being overly dependent on them. But more importantly, I was pleasantly surprised (I might use these two words a bit more in this review) by Jade, the love interest that not only was likable but she wasn’t the magic cure for all of Nick’s problems. While she did have her own reasons for wanting to connect with Nick it wasn’t about ~magically~ making everything better and fixing him. On the contrary, their relationship developed naturally and in a very healthy way (for a romance novel ofc).

I found myself enjoying how for the most part this book was upbeat but also it treated depression in a healthy and respectful way. Specially in the way the conversations surrounding depression felt natural and honest. Overall, this book was engaging and most of all, felt real and sincere. It was exactly what I needed to end my night.