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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,733 ratings  ·  436 reviews
A fresh, charming rom-com perfect for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Boy Meets Boy about Nathan Bird, who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town.

Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings.

Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many rel
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ebook, 304 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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Adam Silvera
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Official blurb: This is Kind of an Epic Love Story is a bighearted rom-com that belongs on the big screen. This hilarious and breathless love story of two boys on the path to their happy ending beyond lives up to its title.

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anna (readingpeaches)
gay childhood best friends to lovers is literally the only reason i am still alive

3.5 ☆

things i loved:
- diversity! both main characters r poc and lgbt (i'm assuming bi and gay based on what we know, but no one rly uses labels), as is mc's best friend and ex-gf
- ollie is hoh and it's never forgotten in the story. the part i liked most is how nate learned asl for him as a kid & all the signs would get described every time they talk but the author would give meaning to them only once. after tha
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I really tried to find the redeeming qualities of this book, but as someone with personal experience in cheating, the amount of it this book had was badly handled and unforgivable. I’ll talk more in my wrap up but ugh this was emotionally draining and frustrating to read.
Hollis
Sadly, the only thing epic about this is how epically it did not live up to its title.

There is plenty of diversity to be found in this novel but the awesome of that is totally negated by the frustrating af characters that were totally flat and/or annoying. Additionally there were endlessly repetitive emotional agonies that failed to inspire any kind of sympathy or feeling from this reader and just added to my overall frustration.

Would not recommend.


** I received an ARC from the publisher (than
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Dahlia
Devoured this in a single commute home and it was so. Freaking. Cute. Really excited to see HoH rep in queer lit, because Deaf/HoH characters is actually something I get requests for a lot on the LGBTQReads Tumblr and I almost never have recs except for this one adult f/f Romance. This is just...so much queerness and so much joy, and between two QPoC, no less <3 I'm loving Callender's contributions to kidlit this year, both as an author and as an editor, and I am so excited to see what they c ...more
Vicky Who Reads
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
AHHH so cute and sweet and such a fun romance--definitely underrated and I would totally recommend!!!
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
2.75 Stars

I had a hard time with this book. I wanted to love it so much, and I did enjoy it - I think. But so many of the characters frustrated me, and the story felt rushed at times so I found myself apathetic during long stretches of reading. This is Kind of an Epic Love Story follow Nathan Bird and Oliver James Hernandez, childhood best friends, who reconnect and discover they many have more than friendly feelings for each other.

I really loved the diverse representation in the story, both Nat
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Libra
Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sad. I'm really sad that I hated this book as much as I did. Maybe hate is a strong word, but while I was reading I felt sad, frustrated, annoyed and all kinds of other negative emotions.

To start of, I was really excited about this book. I thought this was going to be a cute love story with some drama elements. A “rom-com” like some critics had called it. But can someone tell me, in what world would you call this a rom-com? In my eyes this is just a frustrating drama with an asshole MC. I ac
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This Is Kind of a Lukewarm Love Story?? This Is Kind of an Apathetic Love Story?? I don’t know?? I can think of a million adjectives for this book but ‘Epic’ doesn’t make the top of the list, and I’m really sad about that.

I’ll elaborate. I had high hopes for this one, and from the get go, This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story takes off with a TON of potential. the premise of the book sounds fun and cute, and the characters also start
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Jay G
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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*I received this copy in exchange for my honest review!*

3.5/5 Stars

After his best friend, now ex-girlfriend Flo breaks up with him, 16-year old Nathan shies away from relationships in order to avoid further heartbreak. His childhood best friend Oliver James Hernandez, who he hasn't seen in 5 years, moves back to his old house across the street. Nathan quickly realizes that his feelings
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Danni Maxwell
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay so let’s break this down because I have some things to say.

I really liked the idea of this book. I did. But I think that’s where I draw the line.

I liked that this book was very diverse, I mean it had a black bisexual MC with a deaf love interest!

But I feel like the characters were very flat. They really didn’t have back stories, and they didn’t have much going on for them. They just didn’t wow me and make me love them.

The story didn’t have a lot going on either; for 80% of the book it w
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Alison
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, library, lgbtq
I didn't connect with this book at all, but I'm glad I read it and I'm glad mainstream publishers are putting out diverse queer YA romance. It's a fairly ordinary coming-of-age high school romance (except that it's queer, which makes it notable), but it's got a couple of things going for it that are pretty remarkable. One, that both leads are queer men of colour and that's what's on the cover. How often does that happen? And how awesome is that? The easy diversity in this book is refreshing and ...more
Natasha
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Rep: Black queer main character, Deaf gay Hispanic love interest, m/m romance

Well… uh… this was a massive disappointment, to put it lightly at least. I’ve been really excited to read this, and I’ve been waiting for it to be available at my library after requesting it. Finally got around to it and this wasn’t what I’d expected. I do get a little spolier-y but I can’t fully go into my issues without mentioning those things.

I don’t know about you but I
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Paz R.M.
This was kind of an epic turd.
Yikes.

Listen, I'm gonna try hard to not be an asshole here, but I find it super difficult to see the reason this book was published. I mean, this book has the same depth and complexity of a wannabe hipster, but really really basic high schooler. It was cringey at times, repetitive af, and the MC made the dumbest decisions because of the dumbest reasons. It was a bit problematic, with the cheating and co-dependency, plus the supporting cast of characters were an aft
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ana
i really really really wanted to like this book. childhood friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and the mcs were poc and the li was hard of hearing !!!! good concept bad execution

first of all i didn’t even get to the 50% of the book and i swear tried to get there but at the end of the day i was like am i really going to put myself through this ??? why ??? im getting nothing out of this book. so i ended my suffering

i don’t know how to write reviews so im just gonna say everything i ha
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Teal
DNF @ 14%. Not the right book for me. Glad I borrowed it from the library rather than buying it.
Caden Armstrong
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK AND YOU ALL SHOULD GO READ IT BECAUSE IT IS TRULY AMAZING AND LOVEABLE
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Between the books referenced in the synopsis and the too cute for words cover, I knew I had to read this book, and Callender delivered on everything that was promised.

Nate was one super sweet and wonderfully awkward hero. Gosh! I loved him to bits! Nate was down with love, and feared letting himself fall again. He spent a lot of the book wrestling with his complicated feelings and complicated relationships, but that was all part of his journey. His exploration was honest and thoughtful, and I kn
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prag ♻
*blows horn* PSA: THIS IS A ROMANCE BETWEEN TWO BOYS OF COLOR AND ONE OF THEM HAS A HEARING DISABILITY.
I have a thought that’s starting to become more and more of a recurring theme in my life: I probably should’ve just stayed home and watched Friends with my mom.

If you look past the fact that Nate and his mom are #1 Friends stans (it glorifies a toxic relationship and a lot of its jokes rely on homophobia and fatshaming, next), this is indeed KIND OF an epic love story. Although I’m stressing on
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Malanie
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This was really really cuttte!!!!!

1. Our MC is black and bi and his love interest is deaf and this is A DIVERSE READ AND I LOVED THE SWEET DIVERSITY. So much good stuff????

2. The MC takes time to learn ASL so he can talk to his boyyyy and this was beautiful 💕

3. The friendships are given as much attention as the love story, particularly the MC’s friendship with his ex, who is his best friend

4. The love story is best friends to lovers, w his childhood best friend who has returned from far away

5. T
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Adriana
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
*long sigh* I was ready to love this one sooooo badly, but unfortunately it didn't quite live up to the big "fun and fluffy rom-com" sell promised in the synopsis. And I'm lowkey relieved to be done with it.

Will definitely be reading Kheryn Callender's other work though, because they have keen insight and talent. This story just didn't work for me, sadly.
Crystal (Bookaholic Ravenclaw)
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Whelp, this book was a bit of a disappointment.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about This is Kind of an Epic Love Story, and it's a bit of a struggle to sort these thoughts out, so forgive me if some parts of this review are a bit . . . incoherent.

First of all, there was a huge lack of character development. The main character, Nathan (or more commonly referred to as "Nate" for short), constantly says hurtful things to his loved ones, and then apologizes, only to then do it all
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Maria (Big City Bookworm)


*Disclaimer: An Advance Reader's Copy of This is Kind Of An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender was provided to me by Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

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Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

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I have had this book on my TBR for what feels like forever now and I finally had the chance to pick it up! Here are my quick thoughts on This Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story:

What I Loved

- LOVE LOVE LOVE the diverse characters (black, hispanic, gay, bisex
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Aly
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I did like this book overall, but I wanted to strangle Nate, the main character. He just kept saying and doing hurtful things to his friends and family and I wanted to tear my hair out. Even though it didn't seem very realistic, I liked that the characters accepted that their friends were gay or bisexual and there weren't any issues with it. The book was very diverse, in terms of race and sexuality, there was even a deaf character. It flowed pretty well and I liked the narrator. I didn't really ...more
LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, ebooks
You can see my full review here!

*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*

This was so frustrating. Which led to me taking a while to figure out an actual rating. There’s so much I wanted to love about this…I was trying so hard for a two star… and then I started writing this review. And this review doesn’t sound like a three star review… and now I’m just irritated.

The only real positive I could give this one was Ollie. He wasn’t perfec
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Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
2.5 stars. This book somehow managed to have more drama than a CW show, but was still boring. The only things I enjoyed about this were the diverse cast of characters (MC is black & bi, love interest is deaf/hard of hearing and signs) and the way sex is discussed. I also wish the author would have more directly translated ASL instead of just describing the hand motions with little to no context clues. I learned basic ASL in college and still had no idea what they were signing most of the tim ...more
Jamie
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m kind of conflicted by the recent influx of queer YA books, because while it’s amazing that these stories are becoming normalized, sometimes you get one like this which is just fine as a story but feels like it wouldn’t be substantive enough to be published if it wasn’t about two boys. I hate to be this critical but when you read as many YA books as I do you start to need more.
Kiera
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, romance, ya
Liked it but didn't love it.
Going it it I wasn't really expecting a five star read.
And that's kind of what I got out of it.
I love the diversity in this book but....
Some parts were good and I could really feel myself getting into the story but others were just too chliche. To me it felt like a basic ya romance and it wasn't really anything special.
Overall 2.5 stars.
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
DNF @ 192 pages

Oh, the high hopes I had for this one! It's contemporary, it's YA, it had a synopsis that hooked me, and my trusted book buddy gave it 4 stars. But no, I have no love for this set of miserable characters.

Main character Nate was thoroughly unlikable. He was moody and taciturn. He was standoffish and treated his friends poorly, often to the point of being intentionally hurtful. Worse, he knew what he was doing and did it anyway. Yes, he was dealing with a recent break-up (and losing
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Anniek
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this story was so cute, and I loved some of the characters. But ultimately, it was a little rushed and because of that, I didn't end up loving this as much as I hoped I would. I really did enjoy it though!
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