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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  3,942 ratings  ·  835 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
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.

anna (½ of readsrainbow)
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 that, i
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.
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
Larry H
3.5 stars.

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story is a book about the often-blurry line between friendship and love, and how hard it can be to let yourself be vulnerable.

Can a book touch your heart and annoy the f—k out of you, simultaneously? I'd answer "yes" resoundingly after reading this book. (More on that later.)

Nate is a huge movie fan and dreams of becoming a screenwriter but he doesn’t believe happy endings are possible in real life. Ever since his dad died leaving his mom grieving even
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 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 come ...more
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
Vicky Again
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!!!
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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
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
Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
I still see people looking for books by Black authors-- this is only $1.99 right now AND it's written by a non-binary author AND it's got an M/M couple (and one of them is into movies).

It sounds super fun and I'm reading the author's other book, Felix Ever After right now, and it's AMAZING, so I have basically no doubts that this will be amazing too
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
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
Paz R.M.
This was kind of an epic turd.

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
Jay G
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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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
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
DNF @ 14%. Not the right book for me. Glad I borrowed it from the library rather than buying it.
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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
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, lgbtq, library
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
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Erica Henry
Omigosh! So many feels with this book. It definitely was an epic love story. 😍
prag ♻
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
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.
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
This one started off so cute and promising. We have two bisexual poc characters who have the chance of second chance romance. I just felt that the book focused too much on sex and less on figuring out themselves during a confusing time. I also didn't like the toxic friendships this book had. I lost interest around half way because i did not care for pressure on having sex.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, fiction, favorites, ya
I don’t have words for how happy this book made me. I relate so much to Nate’s anxieties and it was so lovely watching him come to terms with his fears.

The first thing that struck me about this book is the effortless diversity. Queer characters are just allowed to exist without justifying themselves and their queerness is never the core issue or the source of their pain (and none of them are killed off!), which is such a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of LGBTQ fiction. I absolutely adored
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.


Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars


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, bisexual,
This was hella readable, super sweet, and fun. The characters were so messy and I loved it. Also, my son Ollie is perfect and can do no wrong ever.
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
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
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
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 time. ...more
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