Lots of positives in this debut read from a new to me author
My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
I have lots of thoughts about this book, most are positive and I enjoyed reading a new author who clearly has a lot of talent.
I do have a couple of negatives, the main one being that, for me, the book went on too long without the narrative justifying it.
There was a fair bit of repetition about David’s anxieties and what he was feeling (and while it’s never said, I think it’s fairly clear he’s either demisexual or gray ace) and Louis’ inability to clearly state his feelings left me a bit frustrated at times.
Also, the big misunderstanding element, in this case a missing letter, was a neat way to bring tension but when combined with all the other angsty things which were going on, again just felt a bit forced.
But the positives did make up for these two issues which will probably not be a big deal to other readers. The writing style is nice and clean, the setting is very well described and brought to life, the secondary plot was handled well and with a lot of sensitivity, and David and Louis were both uniquely fascinating in their own right.
#ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.