Win I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it- a gay take off of Legally Blonde/Election? I was in 100% and Couch delivered.
What I loved most about this book is that it delivers on my all time favorite trope… lovers to enemies. You heard me right- there is nothing I love more then watching people who know each other’s weakest spots, how to hurt each other the most, just go at it. Especially, like in this case, when they turn out to be evenly matched. Sure Blaine is the underdog in the race for senior class president, and he might have gotten into it for all the wrong reasons, but as the story unfolds we see that Blaine is the kind of person that his school needs, and that he surrounds himself with people who will stick with him and help him discover who he can be.
Another thing I liked was that while our main characters are gay, it is not part of the story that we focus too heavily on… these are just kids struggling to figure out their relationships and what they want out of their senior year and who they want to be moving forward… and they just happen to be gay. Teens for decades have seen all sorts of stories around straight couples… happy romances, adventures, traumatic situations, they have been allowed to see stories that reflect all aspects of life, and unfortunately that hasn’t always been the case for everyone else. Here we have a phenomenal story- its funny, a little heartbreaking in parts, full of a lot of hope, and really just about what all high school books are about- teens just living life and at the center is Blaine, fresh off a break up and trying to decide who he wants to be in this world.
I can’t wait to put this one in the library next year.
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