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393 pages, Paperback
First published May 3, 2018
"I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all."
"The Ark with me – my school friends, my parents, my older brother – but no one really cared. They usually just found me annoying, because once I start talking about The Ark, or anything really, I find it kind of hard to stop."
"Fortunately for us, I’m excellent at faking being okay with things, even when inside my brain there is a tiny screaming gnome who is definitely not okay."
"....and really you should have ended up with better genes than this"
"Do you want to talk about it?’ says Rowan.
‘No,’ I say.
But God, I do. I always do."
"Well, newsflash, not all bisexuals are having sex every five minutes."
"Maybe not always physically. But spiritually, mentally and emotionally, I was there!!!
" that's why people get into fandom and bands and stuff. They just want something to hold on to something that make them happy and feel good. Even if it's lie"
“Most adults see teenagers as confused kids who don't understand much, while they're the pillars of knowledge and experience and know exactly what is right at all times.
I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.”
→Jimmy is a fantastic character and so wonderfully complex and lovable. Jimmy is trans, biracial Indian and Italian, gay, and has severe anxiety. His character arc in this book focuses primarily on his anxiety, and his struggle to handle his own mental health in a world where his privacy has increasingly been invaded.
→His bandmates, Rowan and Lister, are just as compelling - Rowan is biracial and Nigerian and dealing with a hidden relationship, and Lister is dealing with alcoholism and depression. Oh, and his speech about the perception of his bisexuality by others is incredible.
→The Jimmy/Rowan/Lister dynamic is so good and complex and real; Lister’s jealousy of Jimmy and Rowan, especially, is written honestly but empathetically, and I loved the relationship between Jimmy and Lister.
→Rowan’s girlfriend, Bliss, has got to be my favorite character - she is the hilarious icon I needed in my life, and her arc around her relationship with Rowan is fantastic. She is bisexual and biracial Chinese.
→Jimmy’s grandfather is flawless and I would give my life for him.
→Angel, our second narrator, is an intriguing character on all levels. Angel is a Hijabi Muslim and describes herself as being queer and questioning. And while she has moments of crossing boundaries, the way the narrative both empathizes with her and critiques her behavior found me caring for her anyway.
→Angel’s internet friend, Juliet, took a while to grow on me, but is human as can be - and for that reason I liked her.
→Mac is so annoying, and is clearly written to be annoying, and he still reads as fairly real, which is something to pull off.
“That's why people get into fandom and bands and stuff. They just want something to hold on to something that makes them feel good. Even if it's all a big lie.”
“Born to survive the storm
Born to survive the flood”
“I don’t think I’ve ever felt anything except The Ark.”
“I tend to constantly dread things, even when the ‘things’ aren’t actually dreadful.”