Title: I Wish You All the Best
Author: Mason Deaver
Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA+
Representation: NB, Bisexual, POC
Where’d I Get it From: Library
To Buy: Indigo.
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.
This book broke my heart.
This book then pieced it back together and made me want to hug the main characters tight and never let them get hurt again.
I love Ben. They are wonderful and so shy yet amazing. I wish I could see the art they make because the pictures I created in my head probably fell short.
The parents in this book suck. Like I wanted to reach into the pages and throttle them. I cannot believe, and yet I know, that parents do treat their children like this.
Nathan is a true sweetheart, and I kind of developed a major crush on him while reading.
The portrayal of anxiety in this book is also extremely accurate.
I wish I could illustrate further how much I loved this.
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