Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
My Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Nate never imagined that he would be attacked by his best friend, Cam.
Now, Nate is being called to deliver a sworn statement that will get Cam convicted. The problem is, the real story isn’t that easy or convenient—just like Nate and Cam’s friendship. Cam challenged Nate on every level from the day the boys met. He pushed him to break the rules, to dream, and to accept himself. But Nate—armed with a fierce moral code and conflicted by his own beliefs—started to push back. With each push, Nate and Cam moved closer to each other—but also spiraled closer to their breaking points.
TW: child abuse, anxiety, homophobia, death, talk of cancer, etc.
I just don’t think it’s possible to love someone and be afraid of them at the same time.
I read quite a few books in 2019, and there were only a few that made me really want to turn the next page to read more. The books I read were all 4-star reads, but they didn’t make me stay up all night for them, think about them for a long time. I was just reading them because people loved them, and I did enjoy them, but I didn’t love them. They weren’t my new favorites, except a few of them, of course. That is why I’m so happy that I read this book. It is a beautifully written heart-breaking and hopeful story.
Deposing Nathan is the story of Nate, whose best friend, Cam, attacks him, and Nate is called to give a statement that helps convict Cam of the crime. This book then delves into Cam and Nate’s relationship, Nate’s relationship with his aunt and his father, other people, and his religion.
I really loved reading this story. It kind of reminded me of a book I had read in September — The Dangerous Art of Blending In. It dealt with similar subjects and tackled them in similar ways, however, this book is different, and I enjoyed it and liked it more, especially because it did not encourage a specific toxic relationship.
I enjoyed the writing- it was really simple and engaging, and I did not need to reread any sentences to understand them, which is an unusual thing for me to do when I read at night. I’m always on verge of dropping off.
I liked the main characters. I had started to care for them, I was hoping for justice, and I had guessed how it was gonna end, even though it wasn’t apparent?
All in all, I found this book engaging, important, praiseworthy and really, really underrated. I loved it so much, and I want y’all to pick it up as soon as possible. I recommend it to everyone who reads YA!
So, have you guys read Deposing Nathan? What did you think about it? Let’s talk about it in the comments.