Friday 18 January 2019

Review: Odd One Out by Nic Stone

From the author of Dear Martin comes this exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.

Courtney "Coop" Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn't mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl. 

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed "new girl" would be synonymous with "pariah," but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I'm right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.

Review: This book was definitely a bit of a slow burn. I loved how we got to know the characters straight away in terms of their personalities and the way that they interact with one another but their feelings and their deeper thoughts and secrets don't get revealed until the book progresses. I absolutely loved this writer's last book and so this one had a lot to live up to. It definitely met those expectations but I'm a very different way which I was grateful for! 

I like the fact that Jupiter and Cooper's relationship is one of friends but that he still admits to her being an attractive girl right from the off. I hate when relationships are unrealistic in novels in this one was certainly realistic. Both characters are somewhat self-obsessed, which is to be expected, they're teenagers, but if that is something that puts you off in novels, then be warned! I think I preferred Cooper and his storyline to Jupiter's.

Rae is a character who comes in to really shake things up but I don't think that she realises this and so I immediately had sympathy with her. I liked her and I liked the way she developed a friendship with both of our main characters here but sometimes her choices were not the best ones to make. 

I think that this book is realistic. I love the fact that it deals with that fact that people aren't always just straight or just gay and the stigma that comes with not being just one of these things. This book shows how people within in the LGBTQ+ community aren't always accepting of bisexuality or indeed anything other than Gay or lesbian. I could definitely picture this story playing out in real life and I enjoyed spending time with these characters-I definitely recommend it. 

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1 comment:

  1. I like the idea of the characters personalities and interactions being explored first and then later on their feelings (I assume) towards one another. I can't think of a book that hasn't always started off as an obvious romance and it doesn't sound like Odd One Out did. I haven't read a Nic Stone book but I have heard of him. It sounds like his books are worth a try.