This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender
Review by Lauren
Source: ARC borrowed from Karen of For What It’s Worth; all opinions are my own
Official Summary (add to Goodreads): Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings.
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.
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. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.
After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?
Review: This is Kind of an Epic Love Story is one I’d wanted to read for quite awhile and I’m so glad I got the chance to check out an ARC (thanks, Karen!) I love the diversity in this book and how none of it is heavy-handed. It’s just there, like diversity in real life. Different races and ethnicities, different sexualities, and even physical disabilities as Oliver James is deaf (though he became deaf later in life so he can talk somewhat, but he has to read lips or sign to hear).
I really love the premise of this book. Oliver James and Nathan are best friends until Oliver James moves away. Suddenly Nathan is in high school alone, where he meets new best friend-turned girlfriend- turned best friend again, Florence. I liked the relationship between Nathan and Florence. It’s obvious that they still have feelings for each other (especially Nathan) but they know being friends is best. It doesn’t mean it’s easy for them to move on and get back to just best-friend status.It's Kind of an Epic Love Story is a wonderful LGBT YA book that I would recommend! Full review #ontheblog Click To Tweet
As for Oliver James, him and his mom move back and he slowly makes his way back into Nathan’s life. I felt really bad for Oliver James throughout the book because Nathan tends to take his fear of commitment (his father passed away, and he’s not sure that he won’t lose someone else he loves) out on him. I like that Nathan is aware of his behavior though, even if it’s wrong. Despite this, I still wanted Oliver James and Nathan to work together, because they were best friends and they made a good pair when they were being open and honest (that’s more Oliver James’ thing than Nathan’s).
Finally, I have to say that I really like the title. I read another review that felt like it made it seem as if something BIGGER was going to happen and they didn’t actually think it was “epic” but I disagree, based on a quote in the book. I read an ARC so I won’t quote it here, but basically the title is explained in the book and it talks about how a love story can be epic even without anything major happening, and I like that idea. Every love story is epic when it comes to the people in love, right?
This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story is released next Tuesday, October 30th, so pre-order it now!