After being cheated on by his girlfriend, Florence, and watching his mother struggle to accept his father’s death, Nathan is not sure that he believes in love anymore.

Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story wraps itself around the reader like a warm, comfortable blanket. Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life. Rich in Color is dedicated to reading, reviewing, talking about, and otherwise promoting young adult books (fiction and non-fiction) starring or written by BIPOC. by Riley Redgate Adult. TEEN ROMANCE (To be honest, if you’re not into romance or relationship drama, this book may not be completely your cup of tea.) The northern setting and Seattle neighborhoods where the story takes place are fairly well outlined as well. It’s a cute read! Jenny Han Trouble signing in? It’s free and takes less than 10 seconds! © Copyright 2020 Kirkus Media LLC. Jenny Han, by When Nate has the opportunity to enter a screenplay contest that will allow him to attend a film program in New York for the summer – at the same place Ollie will be taking photography classes – he worries that his mom will never let him go. on Review: This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story.

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story is true to its title.

Questions remain about what happened in the moments leading to Khalil’s death, and the only witness is Starr, who must now decide what to say or do, if anything. Kheryn Callender. When college acceptance letters roll in, Peter and Lara Jean discover they’re heading in different directions. influencers in the know since 1933. Retrieve credentials. Even better, this is a book where queer PoC are front and center. Angie Thomas But things are so messy between the two of them that as they get closer, Flo, whose own relationship has hit a rough patch, grows jealous and clingy. ‧ Summary: Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. This story is important. Lara Jean prepares for college and a wedding. And is he really ready to lose his virginity? THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY. This story is necessary. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. Welcome back to my blog! It’s definitely an epic love story with ups and downs and many trials, both internal and external, for the narrator, Nathan Bird. I need it in my hands right now!! They are also the author of the young adult novel This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story and the middle grade novel Hurricane Child, winner of the Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award. Title: This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story Author: Kacen Callender Genres: Contemporary Pages: 304 pages Publisher: Balzer + Bray Availability: Available now! Korean-American Lara Jean is finally settled into a nice, complication-free relationship with her white boyfriend, Peter. RELEASE DATE: Oct. 30, 2018. Here's the cover and synopsis: Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy… Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. While Nate tries to figure out how he feels about Ollie, he also has to struggle for independence from his mother. Khalil was unarmed. WHEN … TEEN FICTION ; Now onto the review. All Rights Reserved. This is Kind of an Epic Love Story is one of those books where my main takeaway is — wow, I’m so happy that this exists. Categories:

Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life. Nate is brown-skinned, Oliver is Latinx, and Florence is biracial (black and Taiwanese). After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. While the central love pair is nicely rendered, starting with their meet-cute, Nate’s relationships with his mother and with Flo—for whom he still holds a torch—are equally complex. by Nate’s romance with Ollie is at turns awkward, sweet and frayed, as is his connection to Flo, which is complicated by their attempts at trying to be actually friendly with one another after an arduous break-up. Jenny Han Like the new She-Ra reboot on Netflix, the book is unabashedly queer. There’s a spot of unnecessary virgin shaming (Flo says “no one wants to be one”, which Nate and the book happily agrees with for a while), which is perhaps not the best message for an audience who will likely be struggling with defining who they are as a person, even if it does feel properly within the mindset of a teenager struggling to form a life of their own. Love and second chances are the themes of this engrossing young adult novel. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend. RELEASE DATE: Feb. 28, 2017. Here’s to the future, and many more QPoC-centric YA books in the coming year! Title:  This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

Nate is a great protagonist; insecure and fearful, he’s also goofy and vulnerable, and every one of his friends has their flaws and their good points.

The novel’s meditations on grief are nearly perfect; Nate and Rebecca’s feelings about their dad’s death contrast with the intense, fearful, anxious mourning their mother has plunged herself into, and how they come to understand each other makes that aspect of the novel sing.

It’s just so refreshing to see this in media, and I’m 100% here for it.

As the two discuss the long-distance thing, Lara Jean’s widower father is making a major commitment: marrying the neighbor lady he’s been dating. The author has a talent for capturing the earnest-yet-awkward cadence of teenspeak, and they explore the humor and pathos of adolescent relationships in a way that demonstrates a deep respect for the teen audience.

Out of guilt, at least in part, for the end romantic relationship, Flo decides it’s her mission to help Nate lose his virginity before he turns seventeen, to his great embarrassment. Sweet without being saccharine, down to earth without feeling too heavy, wonderfully diverse and respectful of the character’s diversity (our leads are queer PoCs and Ollie is hard of hearing thanks to a bout of meningitis) and the spectrum feeling of mourning, it does great service to its characters. I read the book in one go, hooked by the strong voice and romantic roller coaster ride the book takes you on. . Review: This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story. “Kheryn Callender’s YA debut novel, This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story, is a novel about accepting oneself, appreciating the love that we are given, and facing and the risks that come with living a life worth living. The characters ping from event to event with emotions always at the forefront.

In their debut young adult novel, Callender (Hurricane Child, 2018) assembles a delightful cast of teenage characters who feel so authentic that readers will be scanning their school cafeterias for them. Thomas cuts to the heart of the matter for Starr and for so many like her, laying bare the systemic racism that undergirds her world, and she does so honestly and inescapably, balancing heartbreak and humor. ‧ Flo and Nate’s other friends Gideon and Ash (two gamers whose arguments conceal a mutual romantic attraction) try to gently nudge Nate toward Ollie, involving him in the film club they all run together. Frankly, Lara Jean and Peter may have cute teen chemistry, but Han's nuanced characterizations have often helped to subvert typical teen love-story tropes. by Parents are cautioned to note that there is explicit sexual activity and some masturbation that takes place, both euphemistically and on-page during the story. An aspiring filmmaker who’s afraid he has no real talent and who’s realistic about happy endings, Nate’s been avoiding anything approaching romance since Flo cheated on him with her current girlfriend, Lydia – a relationship that’s currently on the rocks. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is a black girl and an expert at navigating the two worlds she exists in: one at Garden Heights, her black neighborhood, and the other at Williamson Prep, her suburban, mostly white high school. There are a minimal amount of flaws in the book overall. Publisher: Balzer + Bray Review: When it comes to the YA world, it feels like fall 2018 has been truly blessed. The whirlwind of a wedding, college visits, prom, and the last few months of senior year provides an excellent backdrop for this final book about Lara Jean. His guilt over his inability to comfort his mom and the awkwardness both he and Flo feel about forging a solid friendship despite their rocky past are eminently relatable. Here are my quick thoughts on This Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story: What I Loved - LOVE LOVE LOVE the diverse characters (black, hispanic, gay, bisexual, *Disclaimer: An Advance Reader's Copy of This is Kind Of An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender was provided to me by Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review. Summary:  Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. Kheryn Callender An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments. I’m pretty darn sure this is a rare event, and one to be celebrated. When Oliver, Nate’s former best friend, moves back to Seattle and enrolls in his high school, the stage may finally be set for Nate to heal his broken heart. Three books starring queer PoC released in the last few months: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, and This is Kind of an Epic Love Story. by

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