- Rating: 2.7 out of 5 stars
There’s much to say about this story, but overall, it wasn’t a great read. I believe it had great potential but it felt flat to me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the representation on this book, which is the main reason I kept reading it in the first place; however, the storyline was all over the place and oh man, that main character *insert eye-roll emoji*.
In this book, we follow the story of Noah, a trans kid that is leaving his very conservative town in Miami and staying with his brother in Colorado for the summer. He has this popular Tumblr blog where he writes up meet-cute stories about potential meet-cutes that could’ve happened. And what I mean by that, is that he is making up these stories about these trans people meeting the love of their life and posting about them on his blog making people believe they’re real. There’s also this online troll who tries to take down the blog by telling people that these meet-cutes are not real. This sends Noah into a panic while he tries to save his blog by “fake-dating” this kid in Colorado who’s also a fan of the blog. The thing about though, is that he also meets this other kid at his job and it makes things just a little complicated.
Know that no matter what description you read of this book, you probably could never guess how it’s going to go. That’s to say that my description isn’t probably too accurate, but I tried my best to describe it without giving much away. This entire story revolves around this sixteen-year-old kid trying to save his blog and that’s pretty much what you need to know.
Now, let’s step into the juicy stuff. Our main character Noah is one of the most annoying characters I had to read. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’d rolled my eyes throughout this book. He was a very selfish character that most of the time cared only about himself. And, can someone explain to me why he was always so angry? He snapped at everybody almost all the time, he wanted to keep his brother all to himself but at the same got annoyed at his brother regularly, and he was always complaining about something. I don’t mean to nitpick his personality but I know IRL, he and I would not get along.
I also didn’t like how things always seem to work out for him. I don’t want to give too much away but the fact that he never gave his brother’s girlfriend a chance, and his brother ends up breaking up with her. Sure, she insulted Noah behind his back which is more than enough reason for him to break up with her, but that wasn’t the only time things worked out in his favor. He was a shitty friend to Becca (his best friend from out of town), and yet she comes over and forgives him twice over. When he snapped at Devin for absolutely no reason and Devin ended up creating this entire date as a way to reassure Noah, when he didn’t have to. The entire way his relationship ended with Drew and the fact that Drew never showed up again in the rest of the book. There are so many more, but you get the point.
There were also so many inconsistencies throughout the story. The way the whole blog drama was handled could’ve been better. His entire relationship with Drew was very underwhelming and not to mention a waste of time. Also, I did not like how they ended up the relationship–it was very immature of both of them the way they ended things. However, because they’re both teenagers it makes sense. That doesn’t mean I have to like it though.
With that being said, let’s talk about the things I did like. I loved the representation. Our MC besides being a trans boy is mixed. There’s a lot of important talk about what it means to be biracial and trans. There’s also talk about trans relationships and what it means for different people. The nonbinary representation was the one I was most intrigued about. I always thought that nonbinary meant your pronouns were they/them at all times but this book taught me otherwise. Apparently, when you consider yourself nonbinary there are so many pronouns that could apply to you, you do not need to comfort to just a certain set of standards ones to make it easier for people to interpret who you are. Your pronouns are important to you as a person and you should choose them in terms of what feels comfortable to you and not other people. I loved reading about all of this in this story and I recommend you read it mostly for this part.
If you like authors like Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli, Aiden Thomas, David Levithan, etc., then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book. This book is fourteen years old and older. Thank you for reading my post, I truly appreciate it.