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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  5,088 ratings  ·  1,016 reviews
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 relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.

Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-frien
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Hardcover, 290 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I so badly wanted to enjoy this one but unfortunately I really didn't. I loved Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, their writing completely captivated me and the characters were so loveable and amazing. So I was expecting much the same here, or at least something similar, but that isn't what I got at all. This was a really frustrating reading experience. Personally as a reader I tend to prefer likeable characters, but in this book I didn't find any of the characters to be enjoyable. There were ...more
Adam Silvera
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 (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
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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.
h o l l i s
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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Larry H
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY is such a good book and it makes me sad that the average rating for the book is so low on Goodreads because I read it in just over a day and loved it so much, even if I do think I understand why so many people seem to have a hard time loving it (more on that in a minute). In some ways, it kind of reads as the prototype version of FELIX EVER AFTER, only with younger characters, but it's also a really gre
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mwana
this is kind of an epic love story... that's what makes it epic. You don't need to die for each other to make this exciting. Just the fact that you're here together- that's enough. That's epic enough.
After reading Callender's latest work, Felix Ever After, I decided they should be a 1-click author. The ringer that I was put through reading Felix's epic love story is one I will gladly sign up for again. Because while there is young adult angst, there is payoff, surprise, closure. And
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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 come ...more
Libra
Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
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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Vicky Again
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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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Danni Maxwell
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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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.
Samantha (WLABB)
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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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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Jay G
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Alison
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, queer, 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
Adri
*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.
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Caden
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK AND YOU ALL SHOULD GO READ IT BECAUSE IT IS TRULY AMAZING AND LOVEABLE
Erica
Omigosh! So many feels with this book. It definitely was an epic love story. 😍
Alice
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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.
Kiera
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, contemporary, romance
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.
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Camryn
Jun 16, 2018 added it
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.
Marija
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I’m realizing it doesn’t really matter if we have a happy ending or not. We’re happy right now. That’s the important part, right?”
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Kacen Callender is a Saint Thomian author of children's fiction and fantasy, best known for their Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award-winning middle grade debut Hurricane Child. Their fantasy novel, Queen of the Conquered, is the 2020 winner of the World Fantasy Award and King and the Dragonflies won the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

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