This was such a heartfelt, sweet and vulnerable story with a main character that immediately stole my heart! I know that this is a book that will stay with me forever and that I sincerely hope everyone will read. It was such an eye-opening and important story about a non-binary teen finding their voice, the agony of living a life that isn’t true to you and how much it hurts to be misgendered and diminished.
When Ben comes out as non-binary to their parents, they throw them out of the house in the middle of the night without shoes on their feet. Horrified, and panicked, Ben ends up at his older sister, Hannah, who left the mean and suppressing parents the second she could and hasn’t been in touch for ten years. It was so heartbreaking the way Ben’s parents acted and just tossed them aside with such horrendous cruelty. But I really appreciated the way Hannah took Ben in, and how she and her husband supported them, made them go to a counsel and made them able to focus on their art again.
Even though this book dealt with a lot of heavy topics such as mental health issues, panic attacks, anxiety and depression, parental abuse and neglect, the fear of opening up and being rejected, it was nevertheless a warm and hopeful story, showing the power of love. It was so amazingly well written that you could feel Ben’s emotions and pain, but also their passion for art and their dark, witty humor. And I absolutely adored Nathan! He was such a sweetheart and such a wonderful and supportive friend, and the way Ben slowly opened up and started to trust him was so beautiful and relatable. The best kind of slowburn relationship growing into trust, affection and maybe even something more…
All in all, this was such a gripping story with all the feels; sad but hopeful, painful but full of love and friendship, and just utterly wonderful! It’s a truly important story that I know will make so many readers feel seen, and that will teach us all the power of love and acceptance, and how everyone needs and deserves to be seen, worthy and loved for who they are, regardless of labels such as gender, sexuality and names.
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