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A Fine Bromance

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When Robby starts his senior year in high school, he meets the new boy, Andy. Although Robby has never been physically attracted to anyone, he instinctively feels comfortable around Andy. As they get to know each other better, Robby realizes Andy is an outsider just like him, and harassment at the hands of the school’s bad boys makes it clear that Andy is a transboy.

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ebook, 180 pages
Published August 11th 2016 by Harmony Ink Press
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BWT (Belen)
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Told from the POV of both Andy and Robby, the story focuses on the two boys during their senior year of high school.

Andy is FTM transgender, and has moved with his family from Olympia to Seattle in order to start fresh for his senior year where no one knows he used to be "Andrea".

Robby has spent the summer "bulking up" trying to become more fit, partially in an effort to realize his own sexuality.
Though if getting buff doesn’t work, he thought as he dressed, I don’t know what will. No
The following review was originally posted on my book blog The Book Challengers.

DISCLAIMER: An advanced reader's copy (ARC) was provided by the publisher (DSP Publications) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. If you're interested in reading the story yourself, it goes live on August 11th, 2016!

I really wanted to like this story as it seemed rather sweet to me at first. The blurb intrigued me and I felt in the right mood for a book just like this. Unfortunately I felt that there was a
Jennifer Oliveira
This is a sweet, simple book that brings awareness to topics such as transsexuality, asexuality, bullying and acceptance.
I do know about asexuality and the struggle in this book felt real and I very much liked to read about it. In regards to the transgender character, I'm not sure how realistic the situation was because I don't know as much about it as I know about asexuality, but it still felt good to read.
The writing isn't complex, there are a few things that seem rushed when it comes to the
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to for the opportunity to read this for free! And in advance! YAY!

This was just wonderful!
It was a fun, cute little story, with a very educational side.
From what I could understand, it was very respectful and realistic (I'm obviously open to being corrected if I got it wrong). At least for me, it made a lot of things much clearer, and it's always great to put things in perspective. I know I have a lot to educate myself about still, but this was probably a very useful gatew
Aug 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was provided an e-galley through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I was extremely excited for this book. It dealt with transgender, asexuality, and the LGBT+ community in general, however it was a mess. This was an extremely short story, but it had many things going on at the same time which dulled the plot and just left you confused.

Aunt Ivys mystery was clear since the beginning, Andy and Robby had no chemistry whatsoever, things were way too rushed, the characters didnt have any de
Basically this was just…unenjoyable. - Matt

So we have a trans character that’s being bullied, misgendered, attacked… and no one faces any consequences for it. - Laura

You can read our full review here .
Miriam Joy
I requested this book from NetGalley because the blurb made me sure of trans representation and hopeful of ace representation, too. On that front, I was right, and that's a good thing, but the book itself was a slight letdown.

It was definitely nice to read something that had a canonically asexual character AND a canonically trans character, and which discussed and explored both of those identities and how they felt in relation to each other. However, the book as a whole didn't particularly shine
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to this, as I haven’t read anything with a trans main character before, but I’m afraid to say that I didn’t enjoy it very much. From the description I was expecting The Hardy Boys with a twist, but the mystery that is mentioned doesn’t really play much of a part in the story at all. To be honest, I don’t know why it was included, as it didn’t add anything to the plot. I would have preferred it if it had been left out and more had been included about the relationship ...more
A.J. Raven
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Fine Bromance by Christopher Moss is an educational romantic YA about the LBGTQ+ community especially transgenders and asexuals. The first thing I need to talk about is the cover! The cover of this book looks amazing and it goes well with the story. That little key to the antique egg! Everything is related to the story. So, full points in the cover design department. Now, coming to the story it starts with our introduction to Robby, a senior in high school, and him dealing with own sexuality. ...more
Melissa Mendoza
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
"'Does that mean you're gay or straight? I mean, if you really like me as Andy, then you're gay. But I don't have what it takes to be your boyfriend, down there. At least not yet.'"

2.5 changing stars!

I really had high hopes for this book!! I just think for the length of this book there was too much going on and not enough time to put it in the correct spots. I loved the whole premise of the book, I love that Robby and Andy come together to seek out a relationship through hardship. I love that A
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
Reviewed for Rainbow Gold Reviews Trans Aware event. A copy was provided in an exchange for an honest review.

One of the reasons I picked this book was the mystery that is hinted at in the blurb. I was slightly disappointed that the mystery didn’t feature as much as I thought it would. Robby’s aunt used to teach history and her home has become almost a museum of historical items and kitsch. Some things are worth nothing but others are and items of her collection are disappearing, mostly returned
May 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. It looked cute: a light mystery with ace and trans rep, a bit of enjoyable queer fluff.

It was beyond disappointing. The writing was just bad: awkward phrasing, poor dialogue, repetition. The mystery the back copy talks about ends up being a tiny and largely irrelevant part of the story. I use the term "story" lightly, as plot points were picked up and then dropped apparently at random.

The characters' motivations were one-dimensional and reactions were so often either
Remus Norma
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer
The first Young Adult book I have read that talks, in depth, about asexuality. Could be a great resource to any youth in the process of learning about themselves. The only problem I had while reading it was that the actual writing of the novel seemed at a lower reading level than the content itself, which was slightly off-putting. Overall a good book.
Jason Spruill
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great read. I've never read about an asexual character and ftm trans couple before, but its really cute. And I'm satisfied with the ending.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come
Aug 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-reviewed, lgbtqa
A quick note before I get into the review:

Please forgive me/educate me if I write about the Trans character in a way that is not accepted by the Trans community. I personally don’t know anything about what it is like to go through this, but I am indeed a supporter of the LGBTQA+ community so I am not trying to purposefully be hurtful or use incorrect terminology. Also, the phobic words that appear in my review were used in the book, and I am commenting on their usage when I use them here. Thank
Lexxi Kitty
*I received this book from NetGalley and Harmony Ink Press in return for a fair review.*

Unfortunately this book is just slightly different than I expected. The description, or probably more accurately, the idea that I got from the description, lead me to picture a book about two male friends just starting their senior year in high school. With a slight difference from most other boys in the school – one of the two is asexual; the other is transgender (FTM – female to male). They would come toget
Lakin Aleyse
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book because it seemed to suggest there would be trans representation and asexual representation, and I suppose it did that. BUT there are problems. The story is too short. There isn't room for character development, the "mystery" is extremely obvious from the get-go, and there is no punishment for the bullies or attackers of Andy. Sure, one "flees" to South America, (huge eye roll btw) but that's about
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free digital copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
You can also read this review on my blog at Belle's Book Nook!

I was so excited to read this book. An ace boy who befriends and falls for a boy who's transgender. Yes, please! This book was published by Harmony Ink Press, the same publisher of We Awaken, which I've also read and written a review for. So, I really appreciate Harmony Ink for yet again publishing a novel that features queer identities--in
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
In a word: Maybe read the thing? I really wanted to like this one. The premise was an interesting one and I’m still having a hard time finding books with asexual leads. But I just didn’t like it. Robby and Andy are good characters, in theory, and I really wanted to read their story. But I just couldn’t with the writing. The writing annoyed me and the romance was basically nonexistent. Also a lot of characters acted horribly with barely any consequences. What originally drew me to the story was t ...more
3 Hearts

Robby cannot figure out what is wrong with him. He thought by his senior year he would know if he was gay, bi, or straight, but nothing. His body just doesn’t seem to want to wake up. Nothing he tries seems to work and he is feeling like an outcast. When he meets Andy on Andy’s first day of school, he finds the boy really interesting, and invites him into his life, enjoying his company, and standing in the way of Andy and the school bullies.This distracts him from the question of his sex
3.77 stars.

This was nice, but I had expected a little more. It just didn't feel as intense or emotional as I thought it would be. I'm not saying it wasn't emotional per se, but it felt...thinner and calmer than what I had in mind.

Both Andy and Robby were likable and sympathetic characters. There was actually less talk about Andy's trans-identity than I expected, which I guess was nice. And I definitely got a sense of Andy and Robby as people, individuals, rather than as simple stereotypes of a t
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's not easy for me to review this book..

Perhaps it's more a three star read than a four, but I felt I needed to point out that I loved reading that one, and thought it has many flaws what's really important about a book is to be enjoyable, and leave the reader feeling better and richer than before.

The book deals with some very delicate and controversial matters such as asexuality and transgender people, but still (as the title suggest) it always remain a lighthearted read, sweet but a bit supe
Rating: 2.5

I'm giving it a slightly higher rating because I love the representation, that one of the main characters is a transboy.

I read A Fine Bromance with great anticipation and excitement, but ended up being a little disappointed. I actually DNF'd it, which makes me really sad because I felt this book had a lot of potential. I read about 20% before I dropped it. You may be wondering, why such a high rating for a DNF'd book? I liked the concept and some of the humour, but then it got kind o
I received this book for free from the NetGalley website.

Trigger warnings for: transphobia (in words and actions).

Two stars doesn't mean bad. It means ok. And this book was ok; it was readable. I was happy to read about a transgender character as well as an asexual one. Unfortunately, I felt the writing style wasn't my cup of tea at all. In my opinion, the story was all over the place, and the explanations on the boys' identities and sexualities felt very textbook-y. However, I still encourage p
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
What a delightfully adorable YA romance! I honestly could not tell you the last time I read published fiction that featured an ace character, and I love love loved that the ace character was one of the principal players in the romance. It's significant and important to represent the difference between asexual and aromantic in fiction, and this was a delightful start in doing so. There were some haphazard moments, particularly in pacing, but easily overlooked in favorite of lovely characters with ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This YA novel is notable for its treatment of important issues that are seldom addressed: asexuality, transgenderism, gender-variant identity, and romantic relationships between people of different sexual orientations. The novel starts off slow, with clunky dialogue and situations that don't ring authentic, but quickly finds its stride, and is worth reading for its warm, compassionate look at two teens --one trans, one asexual-- falling in love. Great-aunt Ivy is a quirky and wonderful supportin ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, ebook, netgalley
Great short story.

Endearing characters, a feel good factor and a wonderfully open mind about people's sexuality. Some of the storyline you could see coming a mile off, but this didn't matter.

Would be great if more people were as open minded as Christopher Hawthorne Moss.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This book caught my attention because of the cover. I ended up reading it because one of the main characters were trans and it was written by a trans author. It was a quick and easy read, I read it in one sitting. While I liked the characters, I didn't enjoy the plot too much. It fell flat to me.

*Received an arc from net galley*
3.5 stars.

The writing was weak in places, and sometimes there was a bit too much going on, but the central story was solid. Also, let's go ahead and call this an Important Book. Which also happens to be cute.

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an early copy.
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