Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.
That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.
I enjoyed the writing of this book. Despite being written by two different people, the writing was pretty unified throughout the entire book. It was easy to read, enough description to keep you satisfied, but not too much to slow down the plot. What really pulled me into the story right away, was the voices of Kate and Mark. They were so genuine and I felt they perfectly captured the voices of teenagers, especially teenagers dealing with their future after high school, first love, and being gay.
The plot takes over a short amount of time, and there’s a lot of stuff jam packed into it, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming. I felt that the separate issues that Kate and Mark dealt with were entwined together really well in the form of them helping each other out. I think what Kate and Mark dealt with her were really important issues that a lot of teenagers can relate too. Although there were some moments where I felt that they just grazed over the conclusion of an issue,
I generally liked the way most of the issues were handled, and I loved the ending because it felt realistic
. There were also some situations that I couldn’t fully believe in, but it didn’t really take that much away from the story.
One thing that I loved about this story is that it takes place during Pride week so we really get to see the LGBT community, and we get to see gay main characters interacting with other gay characters who they aren’t interested in romantically. I think this was really important representation because we get to see how loving and supportive the LGBT community is. We also get to see that gay characters have the ability to just be friends with each other (whether it’s a opposite sex friendship or same sex friendship). I especially loved this because I haven’t seen representation like that before (I also haven’t read that many books with an LGBT characters, so that could be a factor too).
Kate and Mark were great main characters. They had different personalities that still meshed together. I loved how flawed they were because I saw some of my own flaws reflected back to me which made me feel more connected to them. The minor characters did have their own personalities which I also enjoyed. Ryan, Mark’s friend, was really fleshed out and I loved how his problems also affected their friendship and how we got to see their friendship evolve because of it. Violet, Kate’s dream girl, didn’t seem as fleshed out as Ryan, but I still enjoyed seeing her and Kate’s relationship blossom.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think it’s offers some important representation. I would definitely recommend this!
I was tagged by: @carryonbazpitch tysm, star child! What is your Hogwarts House and Ilvermorny House? Do you agree? Ravenclaw and Pukwudgie. I agree that I’m Pukwudgie, but sometimes I feel more Hufflepuff than Ravenclaw Books that have impacted you and your life? Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. It was one of the most emotional things I’ve ever read, and it definitely changed the way I saw myself and other people around me. Favourite food and drink? Apple custard pie and fanta/sunkist Are you a spring/summer person, or an autumn/winter person? Autumn/winter Favourite fictional characters/characters you most relate to? Kozume Kenma, hands down. If you could have one superpower what would it be, and why? To be able to fly tbh Favourite movie/TV series? Pacific Rim is my all-time favourite movie If you could be one mythical creature, what would you be and why? I’d love to be a griffin, or maybe even a phoenix. Whats the first thing that comes to mind when you read the word ‘love’? A mother’s smile and the banter between siblings and your best friend being there for you. Being unable to stop smiling and flushed cheeks and a racing heart and butterflies in your stomach. Do you believe in ghosts and/or aliens? 100% yes I refuse to believe that those sorts of things don’t exist Are you a hardback lover or a paperback lover? Paperback. Hardbacks are gorgeous but I prefer to read from paperbacks Any tattoos? Want any? I don’t have any atm and my pain tolerance is almost nonexistent so I probably won’t ever get any, but I love the thought of constellation tattoos, especially an ursa major one.
My questions to you: Piercings/tattoos that you have/wish to get?
Stars or fireworks? Latest dream that you can remember? Favourite flower? Do you prefer ice cream or chocolate? Or neither? Sweet or sour?
What's your favorite time of day? If everyone had to read one book, what book should it be? Where's a place you'd like to travel to again? Who is one of your heroes? What's your favorite thing about your body? What's the greatest gift you've ever given someone? What's a detail from your childhood that reveals something about who you are today? What's your favorite thing about being gay? What's something you've never told someone? What are you most proud of in 2016 (so far)?
What’s your favorite time of day?
If everyone had to read one book, what book should it be?
–Sum by David Eagleman
Where’s a place you’d like to travel to again?
Who is one of your heroes?
What’s your favorite thing about your body?
–Right now, my legs
What’s the greatest gift you’ve ever given someone?
–Either a well-written card to my sister or a painting of DNA for a friend
What’s a detail from your childhood that reveals something about who you are today?
–I watched X-Men and fell in love with the plot of disenfranchised people (mutants) and complex loners (Rogue)
What’s your favorite thing about being gay?
–I can take selfies all the time and feel sexy and confident af. I never see straight guys doing that. They’re too afraid of not being stoic lol
What’s something you’ve never told someone?
–I mean I give everyone different pieces of me. I don’t feel like there’s one secret I’ve never revealed to at least one person
What are you most proud of in 2016 (so far)?
–Uhhhh in the span of about a month I aced organic chem II, got a job offer from that same professor as an o-chem learning assistant, and got a job offer as a medical scribe at a hospital