My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.
But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.
At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.
TW: emotionally abusive parenting, depression, panic attacks, misgendering, homophobia, etc.
If you’re queer, your life has the potential to become one long coming-out moment.
I’d started reading this book in the month of June. Maybe it wasn’t the right time for this book, and I had gotten bored because of “bland” characters. I had to stop reading it because I didn’t care about it in the slightest. However, I did want to finish it, because everybody loved it and I understand it’s an important story. So, I finally picked it up again and finished it a few days ago, and I’m pleased that I gave it a chance.
I Wish You All The Best is a story of Benjamin De Backer, who is kicked out of their house when they come out to their parents as enby. They eventually have to live with their sister who they haven’t met in years, restart school, make new friends, deal with their mental health issues and all that stuff.
It’s hard to explain not being confident in your own body. It just feels wrong, but only you seem to really know how and why it feels that way.
This book is outstanding! I am so glad it exists. Our world is so flawed that it forgets to acknowledge a lot of us, and that’s why I’m thankful for the ownvoices. The book also has diversity: we have LGBTQ+ representation –our main character is non-binary, their love interest is bisexual, their best friend is Muslim and non-binary, and there are other characters who belong to the LGBTQ+ community. Also, there are a lot of people of color.
Regardless, I did find the story a bit plain, and the characters weren’t the most interesting people. I know Ben is depressed and is going through a rough patch, but other people around them weren’t too interesting either. Moreover, they don’t sound like real people.
This book was mostly heartbreaking but did end up making me smile by the end. It is very hopeful. This story needed to be told.
All in all, I’m super happy that I read it. It might not be the most interesting story on the planet, but it is really important and needed. It will probably help you learn a lot. I really think all of you should read it if you haven’t read it already.
Have you already read it? If not, do you think you’ll read it? Let’s talk in the comments.
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