This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story
A fresh, charming rom-com perfect for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Boy Meets Boy about Nathan Bird, who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town.Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings.Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story Details

TitleThis Is Kind of an Epic Love Story
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherBalzer + Bray
ISBN-139780062820242
Rating
GenreLgbt, Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story Review

  • Adam Silvera
    January 1, 1970
    Official blurb: This is Kind of an Epic Love Story is a bighearted rom-com that belongs on the big screen. This hilarious and breathless love story of two boys on the path to their happy ending beyond lives up to its title.SUPPORT THIS BOOK!!!!
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    January 1, 1970
    gay childhood best friends to lovers is literally the only reason i am still alive
  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    Devoured this in a single commute home and it was so. Freaking. Cute. Really excited to see HoH rep in queer lit, because Deaf/HoH characters is actually something I get requests for a lot on the LGBTQReads Tumblr and I almost never have recs except for this one adult f/f Romance. This is just...so much queerness and so much joy, and between two QPoC, no less <3 I'm loving Callender's contributions to kidlit this year, both as an author and as an editor, and I am so excited to see what they c Devoured this in a single commute home and it was so. Freaking. Cute. Really excited to see HoH rep in queer lit, because Deaf/HoH characters is actually something I get requests for a lot on the LGBTQReads Tumblr and I almost never have recs except for this one adult f/f Romance. This is just...so much queerness and so much joy, and between two QPoC, no less <3 I'm loving Callender's contributions to kidlit this year, both as an author and as an editor, and I am so excited to see what they come up with next.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    nice mlm romcom idea you have there
  • Brianna
    January 1, 1970
    When I saw this book pop up on my feed a couple weeks ago, I was instantly intrigued. Friends-to-lovers? Diverse characters and representation? An epic love story? Sign me up for that please. It's safe to say that I was thrilled when I came across this book on Edelweiss and was approved for the ARC.This definitely seemed like it had tons of potential, but unfortunately, I was left slightly disappointed. The concept sounded much better than it ended up being. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it t When I saw this book pop up on my feed a couple weeks ago, I was instantly intrigued. Friends-to-lovers? Diverse characters and representation? An epic love story? Sign me up for that please. It's safe to say that I was thrilled when I came across this book on Edelweiss and was approved for the ARC.This definitely seemed like it had tons of potential, but unfortunately, I was left slightly disappointed. The concept sounded much better than it ended up being. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it though; it was, without a doubt, a unique story with plenty of sweet moments. I enjoyed many aspects of this book, but there were some flaws that I could not look past.The major issue I had was how problematic the main character ended up being. Nate was constantly saying hurtful things to his family and friends, feeling bad about it for a while, and then doing it again. He caused tons of unnecessary drama that could have been avoided. It frustrated me to no end because I kept thinking his character was going to develop, but he made the same exact mistakes over and over again. He did get better at the end, but I wouldn't say it made up for all of the issues he caused throughout the book. I wish I could've liked him more.However, as much as I didn't care for Nate, I did adore the other main character and his love interest. Oliver was the sweetest and definitely one of the best parts of this book. He was true to himself, a wonderful friend and person, and one of those characters who you can't help but love.That being said, I don't think I ever fully understood the relationship between Oliver and Nate. We are told they were friends from childhood, but we don't get much of a backstory. I wish we could've gotten to know more about them before they met again. They also spent so much of this book arguing and in frustrating situations that it made it even more difficult to root for them. They were sweet at times, but their relationship never clicked for me.I will say the plot itself was really well done and intriguing. I expected it to be cliche and predictable, but I was pleasantly surprised with how unique this story was. It never left me feeling bored as I was constantly wanting to know what would happen next. The plot made this book much more enjoyable.One more note I'd like to make is how much I appreciated the amount of diversity and representation included in this book. Both main characters are POC and queer. Oliver is also HoH and there is frequent use of sign language. However, I like that we didn't totally focus on any of this. For example, this book wasn't about the characters being queer; they just date whoever they want to without it being a big deal. There isn't any discussion or labeling of sexuality, and while we definitely still need books that include those things, it was nice that it was simply normalized for a change.All in all, I had lots of mixed feelings about this book. I think my expectations were too high going in and there were definitely aspects that frustrated me. However, despite it's flaws, I did think this book was enjoyable and I'm glad I gave it a chance. It was a unique story with plenty of sweet moments, even though I was expecting more.A more in depth review can now be found on my blog. All my thanks to Edelweiss for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jay G
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I received this copy in exchange for my honest review!*3.5/5 Stars After his best friend, now ex-girlfriend Flo breaks up with him, 16-year old Nathan shies away from relationships in order to avoid further heartbreak. His childhood best friend Oliver James Hernandez, who he hasn't seen in 5 years, moves back to his old house across the street. Nathan quickly realizes that his feelings Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I received this copy in exchange for my honest review!*3.5/5 Stars After his best friend, now ex-girlfriend Flo breaks up with him, 16-year old Nathan shies away from relationships in order to avoid further heartbreak. His childhood best friend Oliver James Hernandez, who he hasn't seen in 5 years, moves back to his old house across the street. Nathan quickly realizes that his feelings for Ollie never went away and he needs to decide whether he wants to open himself up to heartbreak for his chance at a happily ever after. This story is adorable and reads so quickly! It has an amazing diverse cast including a deaf/hard of hearing character and two queer PoC! The characters are so lovable and relatable and you can't help rooting for them. For the most part, I understood why Nathan made some of the decisions that he did, but I still wanted to take him by the shoulders and shake him. At times, things he said towards his family and friends were very problematic, but it was dealt with effectively and he realized that what he said was wrong and hurtful. It was a bit frustrating that his character didn't seem to develop as the story progressed, he would say something, feel bad, apologize but then do it again. Ollie was so pure and adorable, I just wanted to protect him at all costs and he deserves the world. I can't say that I particularly liked the relationship between Ollie and Nate as they spent most of the book fighting or ignoring each other. I do wish we got more of a backstory behind the main characters, but overall I still liked them. I didn't like Flo as a character though, I felt like for the most part she was just stringing Nate along and taking advantage of his feelings for her. I also didn't enjoy Gideon and Ashley as characters either and found them annoying and clueless for the most part. I loved the frequent use of sign language in the book but it wasn't made out to be something bigger than it was. I think it was a great inclusion to the overall feel of the book and characters. I also really liked how sex was portrayed in the book like it wasn't a giant aspect of the story but it was discussed in a safe and effective manner. I also liked how the main characters discussed what they wanted and asked for consent the entire time. It was nice to see sex so normalized! Overall, super cute and fluffy! Great for rom-com fans!
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  • Danni Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    Okay so let’s break this down because I have some things to say. I really liked the idea of this book. I did. But I think that’s where I draw the line. I liked that this book was very diverse, I mean it had a black bisexual MC with a deaf love interest! But I feel like the characters were very flat. They really didn’t have back stories, and they didn’t have much going on for them. They just didn’t wow me and make me love them. The story didn’t have a lot going on either; for 80% of the book it w Okay so let’s break this down because I have some things to say. I really liked the idea of this book. I did. But I think that’s where I draw the line. I liked that this book was very diverse, I mean it had a black bisexual MC with a deaf love interest! But I feel like the characters were very flat. They really didn’t have back stories, and they didn’t have much going on for them. They just didn’t wow me and make me love them. The story didn’t have a lot going on either; for 80% of the book it was on again off again talking not talking between Nate and Ollie and then we end up with a HFN that really just makes you feel like the book was half finished :/ how am I supposed to grow to love these characters when I barely know them and I barely get to see them happy?I didn’t like the way Flo (mc best friend) treated and strung Nate along so much either. The other side characters were clueless and annoying too. I was surprised by the fact that there were actual sex scenes in this book. Not that that’s a bad thing, because sex is a natural part of a teens life and should be represented in YA; I was just surprised that that was a part of story and it was pretty explicit considering. As much as I loved that there was representation in Ollie as a deaf/hard of hearing individual, during the parts of the story when the characters were signing to each other unless you could gather enough context, you’re reading the motions of the signings, but you really don’t know what they’re saying and the author never really explained what they were saying either and that could get frustrating. I often had to consult my mom (who is fluent in ASL) and even she had issues trying to help me figure it out. I think the final thing that bothered me was that we never learn how Nate’s father died, but his family is obviously still grieving about it. These issues I have continued throughout the entire book, and all add up to me feeling like I read a half completed book that I wish could’ve been better. I think that’s everything I wanted to say.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    This was so sweet, adorable, precious, and cute. I was so invested in Nate, and was rooting for him and Oliver James. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*Super cute. Super diverse. A ton of queer rep. Deaf rep.Nate was loveable and frustrating all rolled into a ball. He kind of lets his friends walk all over him because he's afraid of hurting anyone's feelings(Flo can piss right the hell off. She fully takes advantage of him and his love for her the whole fucking book). He's also scared of heartbreak, so you know that can make him kind of an asshole towards Ollie. Ollie who is adorable Like I said cute, and I think fans of Simon will enjoy th 3.5*Super cute. Super diverse. A ton of queer rep. Deaf rep.Nate was loveable and frustrating all rolled into a ball. He kind of lets his friends walk all over him because he's afraid of hurting anyone's feelings(Flo can piss right the hell off. She fully takes advantage of him and his love for her the whole fucking book). He's also scared of heartbreak, so you know that can make him kind of an asshole towards Ollie. Ollie who is adorable Like I said cute, and I think fans of Simon will enjoy this one. But not my favourite thing ever.
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  • Camryn
    January 1, 1970
    This was hella readable, super sweet, and fun. The characters were so messy and I loved it. Also, my son Ollie is perfect and can do no wrong ever.
  • Malanie
    January 1, 1970
    This was really really cuttte!!!!!1. Our MC is black and bi and his love interest is deaf and this is A DIVERSE READ AND I LOVED THE SWEET DIVERSITY. So much good stuff????2. The MC takes time to learn ASL so he can talk to his boyyyy and this was beautiful 💕3. The friendships are given as much attention as the love story, particularly the MC’s friendship with his ex, who is his best friend4. The love story is best friends to lovers, w his childhood best friend who has returned from far away5. T This was really really cuttte!!!!!1. Our MC is black and bi and his love interest is deaf and this is A DIVERSE READ AND I LOVED THE SWEET DIVERSITY. So much good stuff????2. The MC takes time to learn ASL so he can talk to his boyyyy and this was beautiful 💕3. The friendships are given as much attention as the love story, particularly the MC’s friendship with his ex, who is his best friend4. The love story is best friends to lovers, w his childhood best friend who has returned from far away5. That being said, there isn’t a whole lot of time we get appreciating them as a couple????? They fight pretty much the entire book and that disappointing bc how can I ship them if all they do is ignore each other sullenly???6. The MC reminds me of Ari from “Ari and Dante”,,,I’m pretty sure he’s dealing w depression 7. And his experiences w sexuality seem v real, like real things teens feel, the awkwardness etc8. So many movie references!!!!9 his favorite movie is Princess Bride10. His friends are kind of mean and the MC gets blamed for things that are 1000% not his faultBut I liked this book bc gets so into the American Sign Language and it’s described so in depth, w imagery and it’s so beautiful and I enjoyed this thoroughly 👏🏼
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    I’m kind of conflicted by the recent influx of queer YA books, because while it’s amazing that these stories are becoming normalized, sometimes you get one like this which is just fine as a story but feels like it wouldn’t be substantive enough to be published if it wasn’t about two boys. I hate to be this critical but when you read as many YA books as I do you start to need more.
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  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was really cute!! Definitely fits in with the comparisons for fans of Becky Albertalli.
  • Benjamin
    January 1, 1970
    I received ARC in exchange for an honest review.This book sounds more like: "Another Kind of the Epic Love Story I will never have."
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not really a fan of book titles like this one, the ones that promise you AMAZINGNESS within the book's pages. I also find this one impossible to remember. (THIS IS AN EPIC KIND OF LOVE STORY, THIS IS AN EPIC LOVE STORY KIND OF) Actually, This Is an Epic Love Story Kind Of probably would have worked better for me personally.See, the issue is that, if you say EPIC LOVE STORY, I expect an epic love story. I'm expecting Logan and Veronica epic. Full on LoVe. But, as is often the case with these I'm not really a fan of book titles like this one, the ones that promise you AMAZINGNESS within the book's pages. I also find this one impossible to remember. (THIS IS AN EPIC KIND OF LOVE STORY, THIS IS AN EPIC LOVE STORY KIND OF) Actually, This Is an Epic Love Story Kind Of probably would have worked better for me personally.See, the issue is that, if you say EPIC LOVE STORY, I expect an epic love story. I'm expecting Logan and Veronica epic. Full on LoVe. But, as is often the case with these titles that promise the moon, the title way oversells the book.It's not that I don't like the ship; Nate and Ollie are pretty cute. But that's it: they're pretty cute. It's not epic. It's not a ship of dreams. In fact, the strongest part of the book is Nate's character arc of coming to terms with the loss of his father and learning to trust again. His relationship arc with his mother is stronger than the one with Ollie imo.For a romance, I thought they were cute, but I needed Nate to be a little more over his ex-girlfriend/best friend Flo. It's sort of a Rosaline/Juliet scenario with how quickly he switches from love of one to love of the other. I mean, I get that they're like seventeen, but still. Also, the ending was not the adorable full-on HEA I'd expect from the title either. Basically, this book just wasn't what I expected it to be exactly? Like, it's more Nate fighting with everyone and making bad choices because he doesn't know how to process his feelings about anything at all and less a shippity romance?Also, for the record, Ashley deserves soooooo much better.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was super cute. It had its problems (side characters mostly) but overall, adorbs.(You can tell it's a quick, fun read considering I had time to devour it during SDCC)
  • Mckinlay
    January 1, 1970
    Think Dawson’s Creek but gayer, and without the nostalgia that makes it enjoyable.
  • Jessica Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so awesome. More coherent notes to come... might bump up to 5..
  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    This book was adorable...I know that I will have more to say on this book later, but for now my thoughts are all over the place. Loved this story, loved the characters!! Longer RTC!Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC!
  • Emilie
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the idea of this book, but it never really landed for me. There didn't really seem to be any real tension in this book. It was just a little too perfect. Everyone got what they wanted in the end, Oliver forgave Nate, Ashley and Gideon ended up together, Nate and Flo stayed friends and Nate's mom let him go to the writing program and learned how to let go. I can get that maybe it was meant to be modeled after HEA movies, since that was a major component of the book, but it never re I really liked the idea of this book, but it never really landed for me. There didn't really seem to be any real tension in this book. It was just a little too perfect. Everyone got what they wanted in the end, Oliver forgave Nate, Ashley and Gideon ended up together, Nate and Flo stayed friends and Nate's mom let him go to the writing program and learned how to let go. I can get that maybe it was meant to be modeled after HEA movies, since that was a major component of the book, but it never really landed for me. I never really connected with any of the characters, which, if I had, I would have felt like the plot worked better, but the combo of predictable plot and characters I couldn't connect with made this book somewhat meh for me.
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  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think I've ever read a book that actually describes what signs are being used so that was a really nice bonus. This has so many feels.
  • Caitlin Granger
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from HarperCollins. This has in no way influenced my review.This book seemed to be right up my alley. A contemporary novel featuring two queer boys of color? Sounds great! Yet I found myself reading this only for the sake of reading... not because I genuinely wanted to find out what happened next. The story and writing felt really repetitive to me after a while and the writing style felt a bit juvenile. This was very reminscent of Becky Albertalli's writing b I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from HarperCollins. This has in no way influenced my review.This book seemed to be right up my alley. A contemporary novel featuring two queer boys of color? Sounds great! Yet I found myself reading this only for the sake of reading... not because I genuinely wanted to find out what happened next. The story and writing felt really repetitive to me after a while and the writing style felt a bit juvenile. This was very reminscent of Becky Albertalli's writing because it was easy to read and jam-packed with nerdy pop culture references. A few are appreciated, but having so many kinda takes me out of the story a bit... especially when it serves no real purpose in the story.This was a very character-driven book, which isn't a problem but I felt like nothing much happened throughout the course of this story. The story felt quite predictable and dragged out. The author seemed to do a lot of 'telling' in any given situation, rather than 'showing' or even letting readers fill in the blanks themselves.I didn't really care for any of the characters ..except Ollie who is such a pure cinnamon roll. Nate Bird, on the other hand, is infuriating. He jumps to the worst possible conclusion so he destroys his relationships with the people he's closest to instead of communicating his feelings. And it happened again and again. There was no character development at all. Nathan just remained stagnant in terms of how he dealt with his problems; he should at least try to change his pessimism and tendency to cause the relationships that mean the most to him crash and burn.I'm also upset we didn't even get to read Nathan's script. We didn't even get a synopsis!! I would have liked to know what he wrote that convinced Ollie yet again to give Nathan a second chance. SMH.I hope it doesn't come off that I hated this novel because I didn't. This book featured great representation. I can't remember a book I read that featured a deaf character. The story, however, just wasn't that memorable to me. I guess you could say that this wasn't that epic of a love story.
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  • Packy Pie
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐i won a arc of this book at bookcon this year and im so excited to be able to write this spoiler free (i think lol) review[I don’t really know what’s worse: living without love so that you don’t get hurt, or getting hurt repeatedly in an attempt to find it.]THIS IS AN EPIC KIND OF LOVE STORY was amazing. it encapsulates everything from friendships to family, academia and messiness and complexities that come with feelings and emotions, as well as just generally the perfectly imperfectness of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️i won a arc of this book at bookcon this year and im so excited to be able to write this spoiler free (i think lol) review[I don’t really know what’s worse: living without love so that you don’t get hurt, or getting hurt repeatedly in an attempt to find it.]THIS IS AN EPIC KIND OF LOVE STORY was amazing. it encapsulates everything from friendships to family, academia and messiness and complexities that come with feelings and emotions, as well as just generally the perfectly imperfectness of teenage reality. nate’s character was incredibly audible and relatable. his voice and experiences jump right off the page and smack you in the face in the best possible way. oliver james is a sweet cinammon roll right out the oven to warm your heart and steal your soul. their journey together was A LOT™️ but it never once felt fake or forced. everything they go through, from start to finish, is vital and can be connected, individually or otherwise, to other experiences happening within the plot of the story. nate’s voice was very easily articulate in his joy, his anger, his struggle, his fear. it’s so easy to cling to him emphatically. so much that you never once feel a disconnect, even when you’re not in agreement with his decisions or actions. and that, for me, is a huge part of why this story worked one hundred and why it’s one of my fave reads for this year. the book also has tons of intersectional rep, nate, the mc, is bisexual and black and an aspiring screenwriter, struggling with numerous aspects of his life, the li, oliver, is latinx, gay, a genius photographer, and also mostly deaf, so asl is a big part of the story. there’s also a diverse group of friends, ranging from a black taiwanese bff to a ron weasely looking fellow, who’s every bit of a mess as nate. loved seeing nate’s mom play such a huge role in the story, as well as you get a bit of ollie’s parents as well. every element came together seamlessly without anything falling through loops or getting buried beneath the romance/plot. honestly, kheryn’s writing is masterful, and again, makes this book one of my fave reads, not only through pride month, but through 2018.
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  • Shaylee
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure how Balzer + Bray operates, but what ever they're doing over there I hope it continues for eternity. I've never had a publisher release so many of my favorite books, but they've done it again with This is Kind of an Epic Love story.The plot goes like this: Nate is just getting out of a relationship with his best friend Florance. The two are trying to find the middle of friendship and ex-partners which becomes extremely sticky once you learn how and why the couple broke up. Then we m I'm not sure how Balzer + Bray operates, but what ever they're doing over there I hope it continues for eternity. I've never had a publisher release so many of my favorite books, but they've done it again with This is Kind of an Epic Love story.The plot goes like this: Nate is just getting out of a relationship with his best friend Florance. The two are trying to find the middle of friendship and ex-partners which becomes extremely sticky once you learn how and why the couple broke up. Then we meet Oliver James Hernandez. Ollie is a family friend/ once-upon-a-crush of Nate's. He is the most adorable character of this book (and there's a lot of cuteness). Oliver has to work through a frustrating family dynamic, and figure out his long distance relationship while his friendship with Nate rekindles.I feel like I could talk forever about why everyone should read this book, but because I shouldn't write a five paged essay right now, know this. This story is about two imperfectly perfect brown boys, its about grief, rejection, and learning ones worth. It's about the past and how we cant let it ruin our future. It is an epic kind of love story, a story everyone should experience.I encourage everyone to read this book when it comes out. Buy it, borrow it, request it from the library, do what ever you have to do in order to not miss this one when it makes it's way to the shelves. I'm already counting the days until I can own my own physical copy.*I received is ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This was fun, but frustratingly boring. It was a quick, light read, and I appreciated the diverse teen cast. I also loved that this was a story about a bi boy (not super common in YA!), and the ways that queerness was such a natural part of his group of friends. My favorite thing about the novel were the bits were Nate was struggling with his feelings for more than one person--that felt very authentic. I liked that he was messy and wasn't always sure how he felt about the various people in his l This was fun, but frustratingly boring. It was a quick, light read, and I appreciated the diverse teen cast. I also loved that this was a story about a bi boy (not super common in YA!), and the ways that queerness was such a natural part of his group of friends. My favorite thing about the novel were the bits were Nate was struggling with his feelings for more than one person--that felt very authentic. I liked that he was messy and wasn't always sure how he felt about the various people in his life.But the crux of the tension between Nate and his love interest Ollie has to do with Nate's fear of getting hurt. That's a perfectly valid fear, and a perfectly valid internal conflict to build a story around, but I don't think it was executed well. Despite Nate's messy feelings, I never felt like a got a sense of who he was, or who Ollie was. The whole book felt somewhat shallow and surface-level, and so I never really felt invested in the love story. The reasons for Nate's fear of falling in love were there, but they were never explored in a way that made them feel real. Definitely not bad, and if you're looking for a lighthearted queer teen romance with a cast of diverse characters, this fits the ticket. But it didn't have the depth of character and emotion that I want in a love story.
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  • JM Cabral
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun, enjoyable, and memorable read, one that will no doubt make it to my top 5 reads of 2018. I read it in less than 2 days and I absolutely adored the story, the writing style, the pacing, the overall plot, and obviously, I have nothing negative to say about this book. Full review to come, but for now, here's a short blurb:"Kheryn Callender's YA debut novel, This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story, is a novel about accepting oneself, appreciating the love that we are given, and facin This was such a fun, enjoyable, and memorable read, one that will no doubt make it to my top 5 reads of 2018. I read it in less than 2 days and I absolutely adored the story, the writing style, the pacing, the overall plot, and obviously, I have nothing negative to say about this book. Full review to come, but for now, here's a short blurb:"Kheryn Callender's YA debut novel, This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story, is a novel about accepting oneself, appreciating the love that we are given, and facing the risks that come with living a life worth living. It's reminiscent of a classic, modern-day rom-com and for a hopeless romantic in search for good representation such as myself, this book most certainly meant a great deal. I hope to read more stories like this, and I likewise wish for other readers to be as lucky as to read this one of a kind novel."Huge thanks to my friends from HarperCollins International for sending me a physical review copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.
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  • Saruuh Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    This is the kind of contemporary book I always know I'm going to love. Cynical grump meets sunny Labrador of a person and they FALL IN LOVE. But this has the added element of the two of them having been best friends when they were younger, then one of them moving away and all sorts of complicated stuff between them. I loved Bird and Oliver James, they are so sweet. But I mostly loved how messy every relationship was in this book. Nate did not have a damn clue what he was doing friend and romance This is the kind of contemporary book I always know I'm going to love. Cynical grump meets sunny Labrador of a person and they FALL IN LOVE. But this has the added element of the two of them having been best friends when they were younger, then one of them moving away and all sorts of complicated stuff between them. I loved Bird and Oliver James, they are so sweet. But I mostly loved how messy every relationship was in this book. Nate did not have a damn clue what he was doing friend and romance wise, and he messed up constantly, and I LOVED how realistic it was. Characters in books sometimes seem to know exactly how to have besties - and KEEP them, which always seems the hardest part - and how to be good people that others want to date. Nate was a mess, a little too harsh sometimes, and he snapped before thinking, but I loved how honest this book was. And he still got his happily ever after.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the amount of diversity the author attempted to put into the book but I felt as though the characters fell a bit short some times. I loved the character of Oliver James, but I felt as though he deserved better than the main character, Bird, who was constantly sabotaging their relationship. Callender made it clear why, but I often felt like they could have gone more into depth about the difficulty of atta I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the amount of diversity the author attempted to put into the book but I felt as though the characters fell a bit short some times. I loved the character of Oliver James, but I felt as though he deserved better than the main character, Bird, who was constantly sabotaging their relationship. Callender made it clear why, but I often felt like they could have gone more into depth about the difficulty of attachments after the loss of his father, but that may have just been a personal preference. Altogether, I enjoyed the plot of the book as well as its ending, that was surprisingly hopeful and uplifting compared to some points of fairly heavy topics such as the death of a parent and internalized homophobia.
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  • S.T.
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly and truly loved this book. Although at times I wanted to strangle Nate, he is one of the most relatable characters I have ever read. There were times when I found myself crying in frustration because I feel the same way he feels about happiness, heartbreak, and happy endings. I read Callender's other book, Hurricane Child, and he became an instant favorite author, so I knew I had to read this one. After reading it, I honestly feel like I've just had a major therapy breakthrough or som I honestly and truly loved this book. Although at times I wanted to strangle Nate, he is one of the most relatable characters I have ever read. There were times when I found myself crying in frustration because I feel the same way he feels about happiness, heartbreak, and happy endings. I read Callender's other book, Hurricane Child, and he became an instant favorite author, so I knew I had to read this one. After reading it, I honestly feel like I've just had a major therapy breakthrough or something lol. The characters were realistic and fun. It was cute and sweet and a little bit of a teenage emotional roller coaster, which I absolutely loved and appreciated. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down.
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  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    January 1, 1970
    What I love about this rom-com is that not one part of it was about coming out or even tries to put on any labels for the characters' sexualities. It's the queerest thing ever. And it feels like a love letter to QPOC, whose love stories rarely get told in a happy rom-com manner. While I related a lot to Nate's pessimism when it came to relationships and I could see where he was coming from, I still got weary of it at one point and was extremely glad he comes to his senses later on. I also really What I love about this rom-com is that not one part of it was about coming out or even tries to put on any labels for the characters' sexualities. It's the queerest thing ever. And it feels like a love letter to QPOC, whose love stories rarely get told in a happy rom-com manner. While I related a lot to Nate's pessimism when it came to relationships and I could see where he was coming from, I still got weary of it at one point and was extremely glad he comes to his senses later on. I also really loved his relationship with his family and even his complicated dynamic with ex-gf and bff Flo. Also the deaf rep is great!
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