THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WILDE AT HEART BY R. ZAMORA LINMARK
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT
Rating: 3.34 stars
Summary: Words have always been more than enough for Ken Z, but when he meets Ran at the mall food court, everything changes. Beautiful, mysterious Ran opens the door to a number of firsts for Ken: first kiss, first love. But as quickly as he enters Ken’s life, Ran disappears, and Ken Z is left wondering: Why love at all, if this is where it leads?
Letting it end there would be tragic. So, with the help of his best friends, the comfort of his haikus and lists, and even strange, surreal appearances by his hero, Oscar Wilde, Ken will find that love is worth more than the price of heartbreak.
I recieved an arc of this book in exchange of my honest opinion of the book. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the oportunity to do so.
When Ken Z meets a boy from North Kristol (he is from South Kristol) he can’t help but fall for him. As they spend time together in spring break a sort of relationship develops. This relationship will teach a lot to Ken Z, for better or worse.
It took me a really long time to read this book. I recieved it last year and only now i came around to read it. I don’t know why… maybe i wasn’t read, and up until this very moment i was not. I think i just had an epiphany about it.
Let’s start talking about the characters and we’ll get to the story in a bit.
I liked the main character, Ken Z. He was honest. He didn’t have a complete break down over realizing he might like a person of his same sex. Sure he doesn’t completely label himself but it makes sense, he is young and doesn’t see the need to just figure everything out right this moment. Not all of us do. Which i found a little refreshing and relatable.
I can’t say much about other characters in the book. I feel we never fully get to know any of them. Most of the book is just Ken Z and his mind and his “talks” with Oscar Wilde, which were endearing and funny. I enjoyed them very much.
As for the way it was written… I think it’s like a diary. You get to know a lot about the main character and what he thinks about others, but you never get to really know those characters, only the pov of Ken Z.
I did like the writing, the talks with Oscar, the way the author invented new countries for his story and the background of both those places. It is important to the plot, so i even appreciate it more.
I think the author dd a decent job, but the best part is after the warning for spoilers!
So if you don’t want to spoil the book for you that’s it for you! I give the book 3.75- 4 stars, i’m not sure yet.
NOW TO THE SPOILERS, IF YOU CAN CALL THEM THAT;
If i just leave it there, i wasn’t too happy about the book, i gave it 3 stars and felt i was being generous, but then as i was looking for a quote to share with you i found this one:
“Reading is only dangerous to those who are afraid to imagine’ – The importance of being wilde at heart.
I might have been too angry with how the story was going to realize this isn’t just about reading. Writing is also dangerous to those who are afraid to imagine. You may get the wrong expression and offend someone or make them angry as i was with the book.
But then i realized, this can be the way the author wants. This story is about love, but not only that. It doesn’t have to be just about a happy couple. This book could be about loss and learning from it, and it could be perfectly the best book, because that’s the sotry the author wanted to tell.
The book is about trying, giving a shot and maybe failing. Things don’t always go the way we wanted or expected and that is perfectly shown in the book. Ken Z thought things would go his way but it didn’t but the important thing was he tried, he was “wild(e)” and he let his heart give a try.
Now that i understand a bit better and i see the work as it is, it makes sense we don’t know what happened to Ran (this annoyed me for a while after i finished the book). But it makes sense, because we are seeing everything from Ken’s pov and he doesn’t know either. Why would we know if he, the main character, doesn’t?
Now i know i misjudged the book and i’ll happily give it a 3.75-4 stars.
Would i recommend the book? Absolutely, and i would also want to talk about it when the other person read it.
What about you? Have you ever misjudged a book? Did you read this one? Did you enjoy it? Leave your comment down below!