Thursday, September 13, 2012
Acquaintances are easy to come by, but friends are hard to make. Real friends. Friends you can be honest with and get lost together. Friends you argue with and push to the edge of irritation, but then laugh it off together later. Friends who don't leave.
My Thoughts: I came across Teenage Rewrite by chance - or was it fate? - while browsing on Goodreads for glbt books. Whichever was it, I seriously lucked out by finding this "hidden gem" - it has a great rating both on Goodreads and Amazon, but only a few reviews. None of my GR or blogger friends have read it, and I have to say they're gravely missing out *insert sad face*. I like YA, M/M and LGBTQ books, so I was pretty sure I'd like this one. And boy oh boy, did I enjoy it! This is, hands down, the best YA LGBT book I've read (so far).
Teenage Rewrite is a simple story about friendship, first love, family, graduating and growing up. What makes this book special is the superb writing style, and the lovable characters. I loved how the author made each character stand out, minor or major.
We're seiing the story through Justin's eyes, as he faces senoir year in high school. Justin is a bit of a loner; he does have friends, only have yet to realize it. Whilst Evan is a bit of a dork. Bookish and cute. They made such an adorable couple! :) I loved how they bonded over books and photography. The photography class plot line was very well done, funny and what is more - interesting. Plus, it was good to see a book, where the protagonist didn't meet the love interest in chemistry, or ended up as partners in literary class.
I especially liked that Justin was bi, I've read many books with gay youth, and it was refreshing to meet a bi one. And the way he explained what it means to be bisexual was very educational, but not boring or preachy.
Finally there is Travis, the goofy one. You can't help but laugh at the things he says, the misadventures he had.
It doesn't happen often, but this time I loved all the main characters equally. They were great; great people and great friends. I'd love to have friends like them. And I want my very own Travis! :D And Justin's lunchtime buddies? They deserve a 'best supportive characters evaah' award.
The whole story was positively light and hopeful, no depressive stuff in this. In fact, it's funny as hell *points at the cover* You have to read the book to get the joke, but OMG! Reading Teenage Rewrite just made me happy - it was so very heartwarming. As soon as I finished I wanted to go back to the beginning and read it all over again.
Teenage Rewrite blew me away - I even went and checked out the author's site, which I very rarely do. And what a fantastic site!! You can find awesome things on it, like quotes and even inspirational pictures. If nothing else, you have to check out those photos!!
I highly recommend Teenage Rewrite to everyone! And I'm eagerly waiting for Brandon Williams' new book, My Unfortunately Straight Boyfriend, to be released.
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