My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I read this book as part of Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2017. The point of the challenge being to read things that you wouldn’t normally read. And I DEFINITELY would not normally have picked up this book. First of all, I live in a very traditional, conservative area where the LGBTQ+ population is not exactly accepted. So reading a book in public that says in big, bold letters on the front “A Gay Romantic Comedy” was kind of scary. Which made me realize that real people that are in the LGBTQ+ crowd must feel scared being themselves any day of the week here. Sad. The book also made me look at my own biases. Personally, I’ve always felt that what goes on in one’s bedroom is none of my business. This book brought me into a gay bedroom. At first I was repulsed. Not going to lie. But then as I read along, I began to appreciate the characters for who they are as people and I kind of forgot they were gay. I mean, I still visualized 2 men in those scenes in my head, but I didn’t care they were gay. It was just a love story between 2 people. So that was eye opening for me personally. The story wasn’t half bad. As I said, I did appreciate the characters. Really, I feel like this belongs on the summer beach read Target special shelf. I had a friend who is very intelligent– she’s a chemist– and the Target summer beach read is her go to genre. I will never understand why, but it works for her. Maybe it could work for you too?