DATE ME, BRYSON KELLER BY KEVIN VAN WHYE
Genre: YA, Romance, LGBT+
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.98 (Goodreads)
Summary: What If It’s Us meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this upbeat and heartfelt boy-meets-boy romance that feels like a modern twist on a ’90s rom-com!
Everyone knows about the dare: Each week, Bryson Keller must date someone new–the first person to ask him out on Monday morning. Few think Bryson can do it. He may be the king of Fairvale Academy, but he’s never really dated before.
Until a boy asks him out, and everything changes.
Kai Sheridan didn’t expect Bryson to say yes. So when Bryson agrees to secretly go out with him, Kai is thrown for a loop. But as the days go by, he discovers there’s more to Bryson beneath the surface, and dating him begins to feel less like an act and more like the real thing. Kai knows how the story of a gay boy liking someone straight ends. With his heart on the line, he’s awkwardly trying to navigate senior year at school, at home, and in the closet, all while grappling with the fact that this “relationship” will last only five days. After all, Bryson Keller is popular, good-looking, and straight . . . right?
Kevin van Whye delivers an uplifting and poignant coming-out love story that will have readers rooting for these two teens to share their hearts with the world–and with each other.
When Bryson Keller makes a dare he could get a date for every week of the semester, he never thought a guy would dare to ask him out, but then Kai Sheridan does, and as the dare didn’t say he had to only date girls he accepts. As the days of the week starts to rool Kai finds himself liking Bryson more and more, but is Bryson even game? Accompany these characters in finding out themselves and each other.
So, i don’t know where to start with the review. I mean, i enjoyed the book enough to complete it, but did i really enjoy it?
Let’s talk about the character, they felt flat to me, none of them has a big development as a character, only maybe half of a development, which felt forced.
I’m talking with spoilers in this one because there’s no way i can comment much on it without doing so.
So Kai is a closeted boy in school who one day has the idea of asking as any other person Bryson, since he has to agree to anyone who asks him, Bryson says yes.
As we see this, we find that Kai sort of falls for Bryson pretty much the instant they start dating for the week. It works the same way for Bryson i think, we can’t be sure, but dating a boy makes him realise he might like boys, which is completely fine, but the way he develops the feelings and how he is ready to fight for all of it, after realising he is gay or bi by mistake a few days ago is a little weird. Let’s remember the whole falling for one another happens in literally 5 days.
I understand these are teenagers, and their hormones are all over the place, but really? Bryson is okay to coming out just after like two weeks of realising he is gay, i never saw something like that, and it’s not that it couldn’t happen, i don’t really know but to me it felt too rushed.
Anyway, after that, it is pretty obvious to state that the whole story felt rished to me, a week or more like five days flew by the characters.
I dd have a problem with the story because even though it was frenetic it also felt too slow, so much like, the 336 pages it has felt an eternity to me at times, but even so i did finished it, so i don’t know where i stand.
The writing was good, as writing, and by this i mean i felt an awkward teenager was narrating the story. Points to the author for that.
But it didn’t leave an impression on me, i will forget about this book soon enough.
Heads up, i didn’t read To All The Boys I Loved Before, but i did What if it’s us? and i didn’t feelthe same feeling as i did while reading that book, so that recommendation… idk, i didn’t connect.
Sorry, is this a bad review? I just… i feel like i expected much more from the book that it really gave me.
I give it 3 stars, because it didn’t make me cry… yes, i do that a lot with books and this time it didn’t happen.
Anyway, please let me know if you read it and your opinion about it!