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I’ve met people with Tourette’s and I didn’t know much about it really until I picked up this book. The storyline begins like any other contemporary read but stretched into the unknown territory about the harsh judgmental society we live in today.
Thatcher Kelly is a sweetheart, honestly, there needs to be more guys like him out there. It almost seems rare now to find one. OR maybe I’m not looking hard enough? Either way, his selfishness and devotion to his sister makes this protagonist a cuddly teddy bear I want to hug every moment.
Kaeya Garay took me a while to be able to pronounce her name. Something about the “e” in the middle just threw me off. But her character and perfect flaws made up for it. She channels the classic teenager in high school. She just wants to be “normal.” Which is shown as she constantly tries to jump hurdles that she only needs to walk around. As the reader, you learn along with her about the lesson of just being yourself.
The overall storyline was good, but I feel like the author could have stretched it out a little longer. Add a bit more drama maybe? Allow the relationships to grow and get more intimate? It would make the book a little more longer and add more emphasis to the characters. Because the book flew by way too fast; or maybe I just plowed through it because of how great it was.
Either way, this book is filled with good content, interesting characters, and full of cute little jokes and quirks. I highly suggest it.
[A Review copy was sent in exchange for an honest review]
[Review on Rosegoldclass.blogspot.com]
➜I loved the mental health representation for tourettes and Kaeya’s anxiety and stress about it.
➜Did NOT appreciate the BS about chronic panic attacks
➜Did not like the typical dying kid teaching them a lesson
➜Could actually see that picture becoming a meme
➜Pretentious literary kids of course, but not on John Green’s level
➜Liked Thatcher’s instagram posts
➜The sanctuary & teacher are of the “yeah, right” improbable level. When first introduced, I eye rolled but it’s easy to accept it and roll right along.
➜Don’t remember what was the teacher’s deal was with her husband
➜Loved the writing and formatting
➜YAY for Thatcher and his mom. Good, healthy relationships between sons and mothers seems so damn rare in this way. Them eating ice cream together is my favorite scene, hands down.
➜YAY for Kaeya and her dad. He’s supportive, involved, and there but not the overbearing, sexist a-hole most proclaim as a “good father” type.
I liked how Thatcher professed his feelings for her before the end, so it wasn’t a last minute hail mary pass.
I liked how Kaeya acknowledge his feelings and reacted.
While she does have calming moments with Thatcher and less ticks at times, a relationship isn’t a cure. Love is understanding, not a cure. Good job, 15 Seconds of Normal.
The thing is, love shouldn’t be a requirement for understanding either. It’s not difficult to not be a donkey. Which is why I wish Dream Dude acted differently. Plus, it’d give Kaeya the opportunity to realize certain things without getting crushed. Make it a “I got what I wanted and it wasn’t what I needed” type thing instead being crushed.
I think this is especially important for girls considering how on point Kaeya’s perception, and feelings, wrapped around Dream Dude. Dream Dudes don’t have to be an a-hole to not be right for you. Dream Dudes can be nice and sweet and STILL not what you really want, after realizing Dream Dudes are built of your own making.
Dying Kid Gimmicks and Other BS.
I think it’d be less gimmicky and predictable if they knew from the beginning about Sam’s condition. More understanding and helpful as a physical disability alongside mental ones.
Instead, we get “Sam’s got chronic panic attacks but seems so chill and tells us he’s faking it to work on his screenplay.” Like, really? REALLY? Why you do this? Why?
At least, Sam as an immigrant with losing his name and the American Dream™ felt authentic, respectful, and non-stereotypical. It’s too bad Sam didn’t get to flourish or get a romance interest either.
Rating: 3.5. Enjoyable, cute, sweet, anti-bullying and empathetic message but predictable with a gimmick and not perfect about representation either.
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I loved this book! So good, it made me cry. I loved Kaeya, Thatcher and Sam's story.Read more