An own voice story, Date me, Bryson Keller, is a sweet & fast-paced love story.
Book Name – Date Me, Bryson Keller
Author – Kevin van Whye
Genre – Contemporary
Category – Young Adult/New Adult
Year of publication – 2020
Publication house – Penguin
Goodreads rating – 4.18
Representation – LGBT representation
The first 50% was fantastic, I was hooked to the story, characters & narration. But the second half of the book dragged on a bit. Not enough to make me quit reading or not even enough to bore me, but enough to want me to reach the end faster.
Especially the parts that were preachy & a bit too sermonical. It read more like a passionate article on homophobia rather than a fictional story. Articles are a dime a dozen good stories are not, maybe the author should have just done that continued on with the excellent storytelling he did like in the first part of the novel. Still I won’t complain much because I really did like the novel a lot.
Will, I re-read it? Probably not. Will I binge watch if this book is adapted into a movie. 100% Yes. I would love to see this as a movie.
Though the main characters & their friends are superbly fleshed out, surprisingly enough my favorite characters were none of them. My absolute favorites were
- Yazz ( I would love to read a spin-off story in her, she’s honestly too good to be true)
- Ms. Coleman, who appears on a single page of the novel. But she was the most hilarious & realistic character for me.
A few questions of mine were left unanswered by the end of the book. For example: what happens to Bryson’s dad & especially their relationship? What about the script that Kai submitted?? Do these questions signify a sequel to this novel??
Overall I am glad this book pulled me out of a bad reading slump. This lockdown had made me a little grumpy & I simply didn’t want to read any heavy stuff. This light-hearted, dreamy, young romance was just the antidote I needed. Go for it if you want to get lost in a reading marathon of a few hours.
Review, recommendation, and rating
Borrow-grade book, a book worth borrowing from the library or trading with friends.
That’s all from me for now. I hope you and your family are doing well. Stay safe and healthy. Om Shanti.