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Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,355 ratings  ·  422 reviews
Hilarity ensues when a slacker teen boy discovers he's gay, in this unforgettably funny YA debut.

Mike Tate is a normal dude. He and his friends have a crappy band (an excuse to drink cheap beer and rock out to the Lemonheads) and hang out in parking lots doing stupid board tricks. But when Mike's girlfriend Lisa, who knows him better than he does, breaks up wit
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Roaring Brook Press
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Larry H
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I guess it was only a matter of time before the high school stoner comedy genre got a little more depth. S.J. Goslee's Whatever. is 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 sweet.

Mike Tate is about to start his junior 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 at
☆ Todd
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it

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, more 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 charming and a bit tedious.

I didn't dare skip a word, because, for the most part, it all did actually add to the story, but ju
Jul 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 just jump into some lines from the actual book, shall we?

Lisa says, “You need to be my running mate.” Mike laughs.
“You’re on crack, no way am I runn/>
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars

I 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, 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’s junior year. OH, yeah. Mike might be into guys too. He might even be falling for his
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

So much quirky good fun - I adored this!! If you like your MCs quirky 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 and realizes on an unlikely crush. This is YA but on the older end of YA where the characters are doing things like drinking, smoking pot and being horny a lot of the time. Kinda like I remember high school. A
Bahahaha, seriously; this book!

Great humor! Great characters! And great story!

Mike is not the quintessential 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 thoughtful.
Mike has been dating Lisa for quite some time, he's in a band with his best friends and he has an archenemy, who used to beat him up after baseball.
Mike works at his uncle's cheese shop, and is trying to be in school with the least amount of wo
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Whatever by S.J. 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 age.

Our protagonist Mike Tate is so easy to fall in love with, despite (or because of) his many s
Caleb Roehrig
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 are...[fans self]) Totally recommended.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 s ...more
Anyta Sunday
Awesomeness. Love it! Funny, honest YA, with a bit of a clueless dude MC.

Self discovery. Great friends. Sweet first time romance on the side.
georgia ☽
4.5 stars

*screams because this was probably the cutest thing i've ever read and i'm pretty sure i smiled the whole way through*

there was just so much i loved about this- mike, cam, wallace, serge, jason, j.j etc and yes, i did just 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 one.

it's definitely not perfect (there
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought
Objectively this might be a 4 star book, but it just exuded happiness the whole time I was reading it, and I enjoyed it so much that I'm giving it 5 stars anyway. I really enjoy the author's breezy writing style, which managed to be fast-paced even though this is written in third-person present pov, and I usually find that emotionally fraught. The author handles some tough issues (coming out, bullying, acceptance of differences, learning who you are) with a light touch. Mike is a super likable, ...more
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, contemporary
invented ya literature, invented gays, invented this ass
May 02, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: top-of-pile
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike Tate is a cool guy. There's no denying that - he plays in a band, hangs out with other cool dudes and has an awesome girlfriend, or does he? When said girlfriend points out to him that he is, actually, gay, Mike’s world starts falling apart. He finds himself forced to deal with a part of him that he's not quite ready to acknowledge and he even has to juggle his confused feelings for his archenemy, Rook Wallace.

S.J. Goslee’s Whatever is a totally delightful ride through the (few) ups and (many) downs of
Jan 17, 2016 added it
Shelves: lgbt
An über awesome book about coming out as bi, teenage angst and being yourself. It's way too early to post a review of this badboy, but know that it's incredibly good and humorous in a laugh out loud to the point where everyone in your vicinity thinks you're nuts kind of way.
Erica McGillivray
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: women-authors
Disclaimer: won an unproofed copy on Goodreads giveaway.

I heard about this book on a list of must-read queer YA novels for 2016. I was excited because Mike, the main character is bisexual, and too often bisexual narratives get swept under the "gay now" rug.

Unfortunately, this book was a letdown. The opening was shakey with a lot of characters being introduced in a high schooler's life. It was hard to keep track of them, and there was an excessive about of exposition and t
After a slightly bumpy start I ended up liking this one a lot, and am super excited to have a fun bi boy Contemp YA to recommend, especially one with such a heavy emphasis on friendship. Some great cuteness, hotness, a great coming-out that totally melted me, on-page action... definitely for fans of Simon and The Great American Whatever. A super happy surprise.
Aug 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
There is something really arrogant about having the audacity to title your book "Whatever." Although I suppose it's fitting because whatever accurately reflects the pointlessness of this story.

What was the point, can anyone tell me? What was it about? Some guy who's a jerk to basically everyone around him coming to grips with the fact that he's bi even though everyone is rooting him on? The entire book told instead of showed and the dialogue was mostly people telling Mike he was acting weird and then it's like t
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
"I wouldn’t give a fuck if you only got hard-ons for unicorns, dude."

This book was quirky. The whole cast of characters was a gang of misfits and oddballs that I loved despite their many, many issues.

There’s no way to say this other than; this book read like a fanfiction. I can’t describe it, and I have no idea how so, but it had the feel of a fanfiction regardless of the fact that I’ve never read anything by this author, therefore with these characters, before. I know it’s weird, but I had
update 8/5/17: rereading because this is just super entertaining and a fun read during a busy week

this book is just topping off some of the great books i've read this week, and i think it may be my favourite. i smiled the entire way through this, i loved all the characters so much and they were so entertaining. mike is so oblivious sometimes i relate to him so much. i also loved the relationship, even though i did want to smack mike's head near the end! anyway y'all need to read this
Aurora Dimitre
Okay, so, yes.

Seriously, this is the very, very 'bro' book I've always been looking for. Mike is into dudes (&chicks, dude's bisexual on page. ) and honestly he's got this giant group of dude friends and they act like dudes and it's so beautiful. The male POV is wonderfully done; Mike's neither a complete un-masculine character nor is he a complete musclehead, he's just a dude who likes dude things and has feelings that he really does not want to talk about.

I don't even know where to s
Rating: 4.5/5

God damn, I loved it. Every bit of it. I only wish it was longer. There are a few other factors to why I'm rating this a 4.5 instead of a solid 5, which I'll probably get into when I write a longer review later, but here's why you should read this book.

Things I really liked about the book:
-the voice/narration. It takes a bit to get used to at first, but it really gives the authentic feeling of a teen with the amount of swearing, uncertainty, and bonding
Amber Brown
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, young-adult, arc
It was really funny, and very Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda-esque.
Except the main character is kind of a douche? And I desperately wish it were written in first person (which is rare for me). I'll have to check it out once the finished copies are available to see if any changes were made.

Big thanks to Roaring Brook Press for an advance copy!
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had great expectations for this book. Sadly, they weren't met.

I had to seriously push through the first half or so, I just found the narrator incredibly annoying and I was discouraged by the fact that literally nothing was happening: he and his friends just hang out and drank or got high and then for some reason everything spiraled out of control in Mike's life when Lisa- his girlfriend who suddenly decided they weren't really dating- breaks up with him anyway. And she decides to hand his sex
I found this in my local library today and I may or may not have accidentally read it in one sitting, oops. I was hoping I would love it, but alas, there was barely anything good about it.
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EDIT: I first gave this book 3 stars and thought about lowering it to 2.5 stars, but after thumbing through the book again and looking through my notes, I'm not sure why I thought it deserved that rating.

1.5 stars

Honestly, I don't even know where to start. Maybe
Apr 01, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
4/1/19 Currently on sale for $2.99 via Amazon:
J.S. Young
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt
Whatever follows Mike who thinks he has everything sorted. His life is fine and he has great friends and a girlfriend. But his girlfriend isn't his girlfriend and also really thinks he's gay. Bombshell dropped and Mike's world changes.

Okay this was pretty fun. Like overall that is the world I'd use to describe this book. Fun. It didn't take itself too seriously which was good because it was hard to with a title like that. I'm not begrudging it, it's memorable and a good chuckle. I'll admit the
Mike and his crew are welcoming their junior year of high school exactly the way they expect it to roll: blatted; drunk & stoned to superloud music. It's a party at Cam's, there are a lot of parties at Cam's.

The thing is Mike likes his life; he loves his sister Rosie, his mom is cool, his garage band rocks and his girlfriend Lisa, is just that- his best friend. He would say best friend with benefits but they don't really go that far. Oh yeah, and baseball. Mike is really good hitter its jus
Feb 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Good lord, what a let down this book was. Soooo many faults. This book is full of casual homophobia, bi-erasure, fetishizing homosexuality. The whole story has no actual plot, just stumbling from one day to the next. There’s no real advancement of the characters, no holding anyone accountable for the shit things they say and do. And where are all the fucking adults? Like, maybe I’m too old for this story, but where are the parents during the rampant drug and alcohol use?? I remember my high scho ...more
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I write books about teenagers, fanfiction about werewolves, and have a not-so-secret love of commas, run-on sentences, alt rock, and dogs. I live outside Philadelphia, PA with my husband, two sons, and an ill-advised amount of animals.

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