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Uprising Emerge Series jS isn t a romance there is a clear romantic interest albeit one that Mike has a hard time processing Through Mike s relationship with Wallace Goslee shows us that we never know what happens inside a person The relationship was built realistically and brilliantly which can also be said about other relationships in this bookThis is a story that teaches us first and foremost about the process of coming out and how intensely personal it is for everyone Even when someone isn t exposed to homophobia even whenudgment from friends and family isn t forthcoming they have a right to choose their own pace and come out or not come out when and how they see fit Mike uncovers his own sexual identity slowly and reluctantly preferring to not make waves His mom is completely accepting his hilarious grandmother has her own way of dealing with things his friends are mostly open but Mike Greenes Farevvell to Follie Sent to Courtiers and Scholers, as a President to Warne Them from the Vaine Delights, That Drawes Youth on to Repentance. Robert Greene. Vtriusq[ue] Academia in Artibus Magister. (1617) just isn t ready to face things It should also be said that homophobia sometimes comes from completely unexpected directions Preparing yourself for this careful and slow process isn t a small matter at all We follow Mike as he learns new things about himself and slowly finds his footing Hisourney is poignant honest and funny painful at times but so worth it in the end I loved every second of this book and I was so very grateful for its honesty and its authentic voice Hopefully we won t have to wait too long for Goslee s next novel 45 starsSo much uirky good fun I adored this If you like your MCs uirky and kinda clueless you re going to love Mike I was smiling through most of this following along with him as he comes to terms with the fact that he s bi deals with a myriad of odd friendships comes out a This whole review will be filled with spoilers and boy oh boy do I have a lot to say This book is extremely biphobic homophobic and it s filled with girls fetishizing the main character and his love interest That s not even my problem The thing is none of these things gets called out ever Instead of wasting my time explaining everything let s Dare To Be Hero justump into some lines from the actual book shall weLisa says You need to be my running mate Mike laughs You re on crack no way am I running for vice president he says You have to she says We can sell you as gay it ll be edgy This one is right from the beginning where Lisa is uite aware Mike isn I guess it was only a matter of time before the high school stoner comedy genre got a little depth SJ Goslee s Whatever is Sedition and Alchemy: A Biography of John Cale just like your favorite pothead it makes you laugh and roll your eyes sometimes you get a little frustrated but in the end you enjoy spending time with it and even think it s pretty sweetMike Tate is about to start hisunior year of high school He has a great group of friends with whom he plays music in a crappy band drinks beer watches one of them attempt one Crazy Stunt After Another And Spends A stunt after another and spends a of time getting stoned He s known his girlfriend Lisa for a long time and she s like his best friend than his girlfriend a lot of the time So what if he doesn t know what to do with her Boobs Still He But still he totally surprised when she breaks up him and says they were never really dating anyway and he s even surprised when she tells him why she broke up with himSuddenly Mike finds himself in completely new territory He s not sure about what he s feeling or how his friends and family will react Because Lisa has suckered him into running for vice president of his class he s now in the midst of student government and even worse homecoming He s even been nominated to the homecoming court Why can t things ust go back to normal And importantly why is Rook Wallace who terrorized him when they were younger suddenly smiling at him all the time Is he trying to subdue him so he can attack him when he least expects it Whatever is about coming to terms with who you are for perhaps the first time in your life which may feel uncomfortable or strange It s about friendship infatuation confusion man crushes fear and love as well as a healthy dose of mischief and stupid stunts And it s about saying the things you want to say even if you re afraid to even if not everyone will like what you have to sayI enjoyed this book a lot and thought it was sweet and funny and thought provoking Although I liked Mike s character and thought that he had a good heart at times he frustrated me because of the things he didn t say as well as some of the things he said and did but I know so many of his actions were realistic While there isn t much surprising in this book there were a few things I thought might happen but they didn t it s still a tremendously appealing story and it definitely took me back to my high school days where fun confusion and insecurity reigned euallyGoslee really captured the teenage voice well particularly those of teenage boys This book is ust another example of how far YA fiction has come since I was young there really wasn t any beyond The Hardy Boys back then and how much the world has changed for the betterSee all of my reviews at. Inds out why Lisa dumped him it blows his mind And worse he gets elected to homecoming courtWith a standout voice a hilariously honest view on sex and sexuality and enough f bombs to make your mom blush this debut YA novel is a fresh modern take on the coming out story.

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Whatever.: or how unior year became totally f$@ked45 starsscreams because this was probably the cutest thing i ve ever read and i m pretty sure i smiled the whole way throughthere was Indiras Objective Agronomy MCQs for Agricultural Competitive Examinations just so much i loved about this mike cam wallace sergeason The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance jj etc and yes i didust name pretty much every character in the book but what the hell i adored them all the writing was great the plot was entertaining it was funny in all the right places and i had so much fun reading this oneit s definitely not perfect there s some bisexual erasure and i didn t like how the author wrote lisa and her attitude towards mike mike s relationships buuuut i did love it a whole lot anyway once i got past those two things 1st read october 20162nd read march 2017 Short version I loved this It s adorable heartfelt laugh out loud funny and frighteningly relatable The internal and external conflicts the MC faces with regard to coming out were beautifully and accurately rendered and the romance depicted is swoony and so so shippable And the MAKEOUTS The makeouts arefans self Totally recommended Bahahaha seriously this bookGreat humor Great characters And great storyMike is not the uintessential 16 yo soon 17 Yes he spends time with his friends and yes he does A LOT of stupid things But he also spends a lot of time with his baby sister Rosie and he is actually sort of thoughtfulMike has been dating Lisa for uite some time he s in a band with his best friends and he has an archenemy who used to beat him up after baseballMike works at his uncle s cheese shop and is trying to be in school with the least amount of work He is not stupid but he is lazy and all over the placeMike s mother is an author of children s books and she gives Mike and Rosie a lot of leeway but is there for Mike when he fucks upThen Lisa breaks up with him but they stay friends And when Lisa decides she needs to be a well rounded character for college applications she blackmails Mike into running along with her Her blackmail material Mike had a PROPER snogging episode with JJ a guy from another schoolWhat follows is Mike s awakening both in regards to himself but also in regards to friends and familyI can t imagine coming out is easy but this book takes great care with the subject Yes Mike is totally confused and yes he should have opened his mouth in a few situations but he is a 16 17 yo guy who drinks and smokes too much weed And even though there are things he doesn t care about there are things he cares a great deal about like his friends who have been there his whole lifeRook was a great character I thought he did the whole A New Reader's Guide to African Literature jock deal and in the closetbut not thing greatustice Also he was FREAKING adorable at timesI was laughing and snorting and chuckling throughout this book It was so SO funny and I adored ALL of the characters most were Batshit CRAZY If I Could CRAZY If I could two things it would be a proper apology from Rook for the shit he pulled years back AND an epilogue 15 years from now telling me that Mike and Rook were going strong I know I know they re young and blah blah blah But I had a friend in 9th grade who s still with her boyfriend from then so let me have my dreamsA definite re read for me 45 StarsI can t decide if I want to smack Mike Tate upside the head or hug him tight Maybe both Mike s school year is shaping up to be a real clusterf cough Sorry Let s break it down His girlfriend Lisa Story Alchemy Authors Craft Book 2 just dumped him even though according to her they weren t really dating anyway Ouch Somehow he s gotten himself roped into school politics intramural baseball and homecoming Whatever It sunior year OH yeah Mike might be into guys too He might even be falling for his arch nemesis That s the way Mike s cookies have been Crumbling DI M Not Sure DI m not sure I fell for Mike but I did Hard This knucklehead slacks off stays out late drinks until he blacks out and is absolutely clueless most days I mean the kind of clueless that calls a past hookup for advice before going on a date with another guy smacks Mike upside the head But he won me over Mike s voice is real raw and powerful You ll know this guy He could sit next to you in homeroom Walk by you in the halls Or remind you of someone from your past Mike "Says And Does Ridiculous Things "and does ridiculous things his heart is always beating away in the right place He killed me The time he shares with his little sister could be the most adorable real life big brother moments in YA Come on Mike You know you love building forts Oral and Written Poetry in African Literature Today just as much as Rosie Haha And his friends Mike s group of tight knit friends felt like a family You will feel it in every stupid stunt shove and word said or unsaid between them I adored the whole gangMeckles Cam Omar Jason and Lisa formed a family They ve grown up together Seen each other through good hard and embarrassing times Their history is evident in everything they do They move and talk with ease and humor Theokes and sarcasm fly back and forth non stop but you can see the love and care underneath it all Listen to how Mike describes Cam part of Cam s special brand of charm is the screwed up mystery meat that masue. It's like the apocalypse came only instead of nuclear bombs and zombies Mike gets school participation gay thoughts and mother effin' cheerleadersJunior year is about to start Here's what Mike Tate knowsHis friends are awesome and their crappy garage band is a great ex. .
Rades as his brain Their chemistry propelled this story along from school to band practices to parties You feel included In the gang in the trouble and in the laughs From music debates to fanny packs You never know where their shenanigans will take them Then we have Rook WallaceRook What a name Isn t it the perfect arch nemesis name D Wallace and Mike have a sorted past Wallace used to beat Mike up after baseball every chance he got when they were kids Mike hates Rook Or does he Wallace s smile confidence broad shoulders and curls begin to make Mike nervous sweaty and Wait Is Mike gay Bi He s suddenly freaking out Confused and scared How can he be attracted to his arch nemesis Ms Goslee balances this coming out story with humor and heart perfectly Tears to laughs to attraction Wallace leans in again tilts their foreheads together and breaths Mike can feel the rapid trip skip of Wallace s pulse against his thumb Trip skip I love that Wallace and Mike have trip skip of Wallace s pulse against his thumb Trip skip I love that Wallace and Mike have Serious heat Ms Goslee knows how to capture tension on the page I love her tone and style She puts a lot in this little book We have realistic guydude talk obvious bonds of friendship and history humor and a sweet possible romance brewing away Her words and voices are simple sincere and beautiful in a real world way Like this description of a snowstorm hushed pings of snowflakes on snowflakes as they fill up the ground or this very distinctive odor of weed and broken hobo dreams LOL This book introduces a voice that will make your heart remember smile and ache The emotion sneaks right up on you One minute you re calling Mike a doofus and the next you re rooting for him to open up his heart and go for it Whatever is a winner A read with huge heart and characters you ll want of I wonder what Mike and the crew are up to tonight Is it too soon to beg for a senior year Recommended readuotes taken from ARC This story felt a bit like a modern day interpretation of a John Hughes movie but with the protagonist coming to terms with his feelings for guys And specifically with those surrounding his long sworn enemy The constant humor of the story was off the charts epic however there is a lot of internal dialogue which I found simultaneously cha I absolutely love it when books surprise me This is a book that definitely surprised me in the best possible way Admittedly when I first started reading I had my doubts We re first introduced to Mike as he s coming out of a stoned stupor after partying with his bros He had that dude voice that while authentic drives me completely nuts and I was ready to give up right then and there But I decided to keep going and I am so glad that I did Mike never really loses his dude voice but "For Some Reason He Makes "some reason he makes wildly endearing In addition to this the relationships he has with his mom his little sister his friends his ex girlfriend and the burgeoning attraction between him and the love interest no spoilers are extraordinary and so wholly real that each interaction while seemingly laid back oozes with meaning and authenticity I also loved the way that Goslee handles Mike s discovery of his sexuality There is a lot of confusion emotion and frustration but at the same time it doesn t feel overly dramatic but rather uite funny as Mike provides hilarious asides as he ustifies his appreciative eye for the male form Additionally Goslee is never insensitive in her depiction of Mike s self discovery but rather she provides an excellent balance of humor AND heart making this a great choice for teens who may have uestions of their own I can definitely continue to sing the praises of this delightful debut but one of the most important things that stuck me about this book is that it is an absolutely spectacular dude book and there really aren t enough spectacular dude books out there Can t wait to see what this author comes up with next Whatever by SJ Goslee is a hilarious and honest YA coming out story and it s in many ways unlike anything I ve ever read before It s not a romance by any usual standards but it can be painfully romantic and endearing at times It s a heart warming story with so many laugh out loud moments and unparalleled honesty in dealing with subjects like self discovery Bisexuality And Coming Of and coming of protagonist Mike Tate is so easy to fall in love with despite or because of his many shortcomings He drinks he smokes weed he challenges his friends to do insane things He is really a fairly typical and pretty obnoxious 16 year old boy with wild hormones and plenty of time on his hands At the same time though we see him caring for his 6 year old sister being secretly and sort of reluctantly kind to his friends and putting himself into danger to save a younger boy from a sure beating Even when he s being insufferable which is often there is such potential shining in Mike that it s easy to imagine him becoming a wonderful adult That being said teenage Mike is often kind of an idiot prone to lashing out when he s hurt or when he s feeling insecure Even though thi. Cuse to drink cheap beer Rook Wallace is the devil The Lemonheads rock And his girlfriend Lisa is the coolest Then Lisa breaks up with him which makes Mike only a little sad because they'll stay friends and he never knew what to do with her boobs anyway But when Mike