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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

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A fresh, charming rom-com perfect for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Boy Meets Boy about Nathan Bird, who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town.

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 rel
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ebook, 304 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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Adam Silvera
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Official blurb: This is Kind of an Epic Love Story is a bighearted rom-com that belongs on the big screen. This hilarious and breathless love story of two boys on the path to their happy ending beyond lives up to its title.

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anna (readingpeaches)
gay childhood best friends to lovers is literally the only reason i am still alive
Dahlia
Devoured this in a single commute home and it was so. Freaking. Cute. Really excited to see HoH rep in queer lit, because Deaf/HoH characters is actually something I get requests for a lot on the LGBTQReads Tumblr and I almost never have recs except for this one adult f/f Romance. This is just...so much queerness and so much joy, and between two QPoC, no less <3 I'm loving Callender's contributions to kidlit this year, both as an author and as an editor, and I am so excited to see what they c ...more
Hollis
Sadly, the only thing epic about this is how epically it did not live up to its title.

There is plenty of diversity to be found in this novel but the awesome of that is totally negated by the frustrating af characters that were totally flat and/or annoying. Additionally there were endlessly repetitive emotional agonies that failed to inspire any kind of sympathy or feeling from this reader and just added to my overall frustration.

Would not recommend.


** I received an ARC from the publisher (than
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
nice mlm romcom idea you have there
Brianna
When I saw this book pop up on my feed a couple weeks ago, I was instantly intrigued. Friends-to-lovers? Diverse characters and representation? An epic love story? Sign me up for that please. It's safe to say that I was thrilled when I came across this book on Edelweiss and was approved for the ARC.

This definitely seemed like it had tons of potential, but unfortunately, I was left slightly disappointed. The concept sounded much better than it ended up being. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it t
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
2.75 Stars

I had a hard time with this book. I wanted to love it so much, and I did enjoy it - I think. But so many of the characters frustrated me, and the story felt rushed at times so I found myself apathetic during long stretches of reading. This is Kind of an Epic Love Story follow Nathan Bird and Oliver James Hernandez, childhood best friends, who reconnect and discover they many have more than friendly feelings for each other.

I really loved the diverse representation in the story, both Nat
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Jay G
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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*I received this copy in exchange for my honest review!*

3.5/5 Stars

After his best friend, now ex-girlfriend Flo breaks up with him, 16-year old Nathan shies away from relationships in order to avoid further heartbreak. His childhood best friend Oliver James Hernandez, who he hasn't seen in 5 years, moves back to his old house across the street. Nathan quickly realizes that his feelings
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Caden Armstrong
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK AND YOU ALL SHOULD GO READ IT BECAUSE IT IS TRULY AMAZING AND LOVEABLE
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Between the books referenced in the synopsis and the too cute for words cover, I knew I had to read this book, and Callender delivered on everything that was promised.

Nate was one super sweet and wonderfully awkward hero. Gosh! I loved him to bits! Nate was down with love, and feared letting himself fall again. He spent a lot of the book wrestling with his complicated feelings and complicated relationships, but that was all part of his journey. His exploration was honest and thoughtful, and I kn
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Danni Maxwell
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay so let’s break this down because I have some things to say.

I really liked the idea of this book. I did. But I think that’s where I draw the line.

I liked that this book was very diverse, I mean it had a black bisexual MC with a deaf love interest!

But I feel like the characters were very flat. They really didn’t have back stories, and they didn’t have much going on for them. They just didn’t wow me and make me love them.

The story didn’t have a lot going on either; for 80% of the book it w
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Teal
DNF @ 14%. Not the right book for me. Glad I borrowed it from the library rather than buying it.
Laura (bbliophile)
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
I liked this book a lot, but I just didn't love it. Like, I really liked the characters and their relationships because they were super messy and real, but they could get incredibly frustrating at times. I just have quite a few feelings on this which I'll probably express in a longer review, but I'd definitely recommend this book! 2 QPOC? Falling in love? The LI being Deaf? Just, YES
LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, ebooks
You can see my full review here!

*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*

This was so frustrating. Which led to me taking a while to figure out an actual rating. There’s so much I wanted to love about this…I was trying so hard for a two star… and then I started writing this review. And this review doesn’t sound like a three star review… and now I’m just irritated.

The only real positive I could give this one was Ollie. He wasn’t perfec
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Jamie
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m kind of conflicted by the recent influx of queer YA books, because while it’s amazing that these stories are becoming normalized, sometimes you get one like this which is just fine as a story but feels like it wouldn’t be substantive enough to be published if it wasn’t about two boys. I hate to be this critical but when you read as many YA books as I do you start to need more.
Brittany
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5*

Super cute. Super diverse. A ton of queer rep. Deaf rep.

Nate was loveable and frustrating all rolled into a ball. He kind of lets his friends walk all over him because he's afraid of hurting anyone's feelings(Flo can piss right the hell off. She fully takes advantage of him and his love for her the whole fucking book). He's also scared of heartbreak, so you know that can make him kind of an asshole towards Ollie.
Ollie who is adorable
Like I said cute, and I think fans of Simon will enjoy th
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Jane
2.5 stars. This book somehow managed to have more drama than a CW show, but was still boring. The only things I enjoyed about this were the diverse cast of characters (MC is black & bi, love interest is deaf/hard of hearing and signs) and the way sex is discussed. I also wish the author would have more directly translated ASL instead of just describing the hand motions with little to no context clues. I learned basic ASL in college and still had no idea what they were signing most of the tim ...more
Eloise
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 I'm sure some people will find this entertaining. Especially as there's good rep on many accounts, including a deaf boy and sign language.
There was just way too much dumb teenage-drama for me.
Paz R.M.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was kind of an epic turd.
Yikes.
Rtc.
Camryn
This was hella readable, super sweet, and fun. The characters were so messy and I loved it. Also, my son Ollie is perfect and can do no wrong ever.
Malanie
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This was really really cuttte!!!!!

1. Our MC is black and bi and his love interest is deaf and this is A DIVERSE READ AND I LOVED THE SWEET DIVERSITY. So much good stuff????

2. The MC takes time to learn ASL so he can talk to his boyyyy and this was beautiful 💕

3. The friendships are given as much attention as the love story, particularly the MC’s friendship with his ex, who is his best friend

4. The love story is best friends to lovers, w his childhood best friend who has returned from far away

5. T
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I.
Awesome, fun, diverse, and kind. This Is a Fresh Kind of Love Story, And One That Will Make You Very, Very Happy.

Full Review Here: http://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com...
Benjamin
I received ARC in exchange for an honest review. RTC

I thought I will always love gay love stories...Well, I was wrong.
Thamy
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a lot like What If It's Us, actually.

3.5, to be more exact.

Nathan has broken up with her girlfriend and still needs to work it out how they'll remain as best friends when his first love moves back from Santa Fé. Things between Ollie and he didn't end very well either, so Nathan has another problem when he notices he's still attracted to Ollie.

I'm comparing it to What If It's Us, but the characters are very different. It's just that it's an LGBT romance not that focused on the romance it
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Julie
This was really cute! I flew through it and thought it was so adorable. It's very character driven, very slice-of-life, and sometimes the characters were frustrating, but I also found that really true to life as a person who will often fight to be right even if I KNOW I'm wrong. I definitely recommend this if you're looking for a sweet romance and some strong friendships and evaluations of relationships in general.

Some bonuses: There's a deaf main character! Pretty much everyone is a PoC! There'
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Shelly
I thought this was really cute!! Definitely fits in with the comparisons for fans of Becky Albertalli.
no
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Libra
Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sad. I'm really sad that I hated this book as much as I did. Maybe hate is a strong word, but while I was reading I felt sad, frustrated, annoyed and all kinds of other negative emotions.

To start of, I was really excited about this book. I thought this was going to be a cute love story with some drama elements. A “rom-com” like some critics had called it. But can someone tell me, in what world would you call this a rom-com? In my eyes this is just a frustrating drama with an asshole MC. I ac
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Emilie
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really liked the idea of this book, but it never really landed for me. I loved the amount of representation that this book had. I rarely read a book with deaf or HOH characters and even more rarely do I read a book that combines that with LGBT characters. For that alone, I really applaud this book. That being said, I really wish that this book had resonated with me more, but I just had trouble getting into it. There didn't really seem to be any real tension in this book.

It was just a little t
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Lizzy_Someone
This is kind of an epic disappointment.

The good:

• Obviously, a book about a queer Black boy by a queer Black trans author is incredibly important and needed and I'm glad it exists.
• The prose itself is competent, and the book was a quick read.
• I like that it showed how certain romantic behaviors (view spoiler) can turn out very badly.

The neutral:

There's some surprisingly explicit (m/m) sex in
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