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Parents' Guide to

I Wish You All the Best

By Samara Meyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Nonbinary teen finds love in solid coming-of-ager.

Book Mason Deaver Romance 2019
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True to its optimistic title, Mason Deaver's first novel is a deeply heartfelt tribute to the growing pains of first love and self-acceptance that people of all genders can find hope in. I Wish You All the Best offers a refreshing, nuanced coming-out narrative that celebrates the small victories in what is often a scary, stressful, and traumatic experience for young LGBTQ people. Deaver, who also identifies as non-binary, breaks the convention of tragic outcomes for queer youth by filling the story with meaningful and positive moments that show the importance of authenticity and perseverance in the face of life's most daunting obstacles. At times, however, the story suffers from inconsistent narration and lack of direction that can make these lessons feel out of place. And while it's uplifting to watch Ben open up to the possibility of romance, it distracts from the more compelling storyline that follows Ben and Hannah as they try to rebuild their sibling relationship and heal from the harm caused by their parents. That said, I Wish You All the Best is a charming and admirable exploration of gender and sexuality in the familiar setup of a sweet coming-of-age romance, and will surely appeal to teens looking for more genuine, diverse love stories.

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