Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-As a high school junior, Mike thought he knew himself. He is obsessed with garage rock. His favorite weekend pastime is going to parties. His friends are a ragtag bunch of daredevils and misfits he has been hanging out with since grade school. Although he previously dated only girls, he realizes now how that was a smoke screen. In truth, Mike is attracted to guys. How does this new revelation fit in? Goslee's portrayal of this existential crisis is as humorous as it is grounding. All the feelings of disbelief and anxiety that one might expect are delivered in the way only a 16-year-old boy could articulate, profanity and sexual innuendos included. Although this book could be easily accessible to a younger teen, it does feature more mature content, making it more suitable for older teens. Ultimately, this work focuses on a very common experience. Finding out that you don't fully understand yourself is no easy feat. VERDICT Recommended for young adults who enjoy realistic fiction such as Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" series or books by John Green, Adam Silvera, or John Corey Whaley.-Jaclyn Anderson, Madison County Library System, MS © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* Let's face it, dudes and dudettes: Goslee's debut is seriously cool. In large part that's due to her droll cast of characters. Her star is 16-year-old Mike, whose three favorite things are his little sister, Rosie; his garage band; and his sorta girlfriend, Lisa. Only now Lisa has broken up with him sorta. That's bad, but not fatal, because she's still his BFF. Until she mentions how he's gay. But Mike's not gay. Is he? At least Rook Wallace, his long-time bête noire, firmly remains his foe. Doesn't he? Geez, what next? Well, there's the horrifying prospect of actually coming out, for one. And dating, for two. Life sure is hard. Goslee's take, on the other hand, is exceedingly easy to like. In describing Mike's tentative steps toward self-awareness, the author doesn't make a single false step. Everything is just right: the tone, the style, the right-on dialogue, the characterization, the apposite amount of angsty drama, the pace of the genuinely sweet-spirited story. Fans of David Levithan's Boy Meets Boy (2003) and Becky Albertalli's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015) won't be disappointed, and there isn't much higher praise than that.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2016 Booklist