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Odd One Out

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  5,107 ratings  ·  1,109 reviews
From the author of Dear Martin comes this exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.

Courtney "Coop" Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn't mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed "new girl" would be synonymous with "pariah," but Jupiter and
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
When I read Dear Martin from this author last year, I enjoyed it and found the plot important enough to give it a high rating, but something about it didn’t quite “click” with me, so I was super apprehensive about reading Odd One Out. On one hand, I was wary that it, like its predecessor, would leave me feeling as though something was missing—on the other hand, with such a diverse cast, my hopes couldn’t help but ride high.

Unfortunately, this was simply not an enjoyable reading experience at al
may ➹
me, before reading this book: god, if you’re out there, please don’t let me hate this book as much as I hate its cover

me, after reading this book: god, if you’re out there, why do you hate me
Larry H
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Courtney Aloysius Cooper IV ("Coop") has been in love with his best friend Jupiter for as long as he can remember. He knows she is a lesbian so he knows a romantic relationship between the two will never happen, but that doesn't stop him from thinking about her all the time. Plus, it doesn't help that they spend almost all of their free time together since they live next door to each other and their families are intertwined. Heck, he even pledged his virginity to her when they were in
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm flip-flopping between a 3 and a 4 on this one bc it was both unrealistic and messy as hell, while also being super realistic and messy as hell. There were certain things about the plot that I found completely unbelievable and really distracted me from the story, but I still really enjoyed the relationships and the complexities between Coop and Jupiter and Rae. Their connections could have been plucked right out of my own high school experience as a bi girl trying to navigate her closer-than- ...more
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, do I ever wish I had this book during high school. It was so relatable to something similar I went through, and which I’ve never seen represented in YA before. It was funny and real. And oh gosh, Coop is a precious cinnamon roll! I wanted to be friends with these characters so badly; they were all so funny and warm.
Apr 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-release
legend says i am more likely to read a book featuring love triangles if it's gay somehow. it's me. i'm the legend. ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqiap
jupiter for two thirds of this book: ‘i’m a lesbian’
jupiter when she gets her own pov: ‘yeet i like boys but i’m a lesbian but also maybe not who knows?’

this book was messy, messy, messy. part of me can’t believe it was actually written by a queer woman. three povs in just over three hundred pages made it feel like i never really got to know any of the main characters, never mind the supporting characters. courtney was whiny, rae was confusing and jupiter was selfish. they’re probably all believ
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
ARCs are out in the world, so I can finally talk about this book - and believe me when I say Nic really has outdone herself with ODD ONE OUT. It's one of the best books I read in 2017, and I can't express how perfect it is and how the representation of both sexuality and race is going to change lives when it releases. It's unique, funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and most of all, just like DEAR MARTIN, it's so achingly real. I loved every page of it.

I just reread the ARC, so now I've read th
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
the boys perspective... was a little much lol. I feel like I would've enjoyed this 100% more if we'd only been in the final perspective for the whole thing. ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt
This was one of the worst books I've ever read. It's was supposed to deal with issues such as sexuality, race, feeling out of place and other teenage problems, but it didn't succeed in representing any of them. In the end it turned out to homophobic, biphobic and just generally had no idea how teenagers think.
The story is separated in 3 parts and every part is told from the point of view of one of the characters Cooper, Rae and Jupiter.
There will be some spoilers ahead.
Cooper was definitely d
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

🌸 full review now posted!

It was messy but I feel like the message it was trying to give is very important. I just didn't love the execution.

This is a book about how complicated it is to navigate personhood, relationships, past trauma, identity, social pressure, and basically everything else you might find yourself having to deal with in addition to your daily life as a
Kathy - Books & Munches
At the start of the year, I read Dear Martin by Nic Stone and rated it 4,5 cupcakes so you can say I was quite excited to hear about her new novel. Not to mention there'd be queer characters. I was sold, needed it. Then I actually finished it, was torn and.. the more time passed, the more upset I got with this book so.. are you ready for this? Because this isn't going to be pretty..

As in Dear Martin, diversity is definitely a huge theme in this book. Where racism is the focus of her previous wor
Kate (GirlReading)
A wonderfully, infuriating and messy story.

I don’t know how else to describe this other than messy but in the best way. It portrayed the painfully messy inner workings of being a teen, the messy journey of discovering yourself and the mess that is society and the messages that, no matter how hard you try, you can’t quite escape.

So yeah, it was a mess but a brilliantly written one. It was funny, stressful, lighthearted, heavy and authentic. The characters were equally funny, witty, strong, loveab
Kayla Brunson
Now that I'm thinking about this book again, I lowered it down to two stars.
I have so many more things that I disliked more than I liked.
I didn't love this like I thought that I would. To be honest my thoughts are still all over the place. So much of this could have been cleared up with communication. 

This book is told in three parts. We get the POV of each character. We have Coop, Rae, and Jupiter. Coop has been in love with his best friend Jupiter (who happens to be a
Dec 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received a digital copy for review via NetGalley!

Odd One Out was such a huge disappointment, after being very interested in the coming-of-age, discovering yourself and exploring sexuality story-line. We follow three POVs of three teens: Courtney, Rae and Jupiter who are all in high school and navigating their way through the powers of friendships and relationships. I don't often do this but I would like to leave a link to another Goodreads review by Destiny:
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book would have changed my life if I'd had it when I was 16.

It's about figuring out who it's okay to love and the thin lines between friendship and romance and sex. It's about how messy love can be, and about how it's okay to be unsure about everything. And it is damn good.

Oh how I love it so. I can't wait for you all to read it.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Oct 14, 2018 marked it as the-did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Unpopular Opinion Time 🐸☕️

DNF @17%

Nope. This is not working, and I'm sorry.
After loving Dear Martin I was highly anticipating this new book by Nic Stone, and I'm sorry to say that I'm disappointed.

The writing style felt too juvenile - almost childish - and it just didn't flow nicely.
The characters, I just simply COULD NOT STAND FOR THE LIFE OF ME. And the relationship felt hallow and unnatural. Moreover, I'm not a fan of the whole "best friend in love with his lesbian girl friend" Jus
Jay G
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Courtney (Coop) and Jupiter have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Coop has always had a crush on Jupe, only problem is that she will never like him back as she identifies as a lesbian. When new girl Rae comes to town and both teens find themselves becoming interested in her, things get a bit messy.

I think this is a great book for those questioning their sexuality and
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Nic Stone's latest, we meet Courtney, Jupiter and Rae, three friends who have got a lot to figure out. About each other and about themselves.

One story. Three sides. No easy answers.

Feels sorta cliche to say, but this definitely is a book I wish I had when I was younger. It was real. It was messy. Sometimes it was Real Messy. And I loved every bit of it.

Nic spins out three distinct personalities in separate POVs that paint the larger picture of what it means to be questioning, how it affects/c
Reading Relish
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hmm, i had pretty mixed feelings about this one. i was wary going in because i saw some reviews abt it being biphobic, but most of the biphobia was internalized and dealt with (except the throwaway comments where one of the characters was like oh bi people can’t be attracted to trans people, which is SO not true but to me that seems transphobic rather than biphobic, but still definitely bad). there were a few other throwaway comments that weren’t great either, and breanna was BLATANTLY biphobic ...more
Cori Reed
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Perfectly explores the complicated reality of young relationships, platonic and otherwise.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I received an Arc of this book in exchange of an honest review

CW: panic attack, childhood trauma, abandonnement, talk of death of a parent.

Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

I truly am a fan. I was after reading Dear Martin but I’m even more so after reading Odd One Out. This book made me feel seen in ways not many books have achieved before. It was hands down one of my most anticipated releases for this year, so when my review request was
Three teens of color. Three sexualities. . . but maybe more. This is a fabulous YA novel about what identity means and how sexual identity is a fluid thing and sometimes hard to define. The story itself follows Coop and Jupiter, who are best friends that have always felt something a little bit more. When a new friend joins the trio, things become more challenging as the dynamics change. Jupiter is falling for Rae while Rae is falling for Coop and Coop doesn't know exactly what he wants except to ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was fun, timely and very LGBTQ+!

Quick introduction to the plot, because, let's face it, you've probably peeked at the summary already: Jupiter and Courtney have been best friends for a very long time and have a rather unconventional family arrangement. Insert Rae, a new student in their high school who ends up being a family acquaintance and joins the Jupe-and-Coup duo (now gang).

I loved how the author decided to take a very saturated (and not-so-beloved-anymore) trope a
Lea (drumsofautumn)
DNF @ 52%! There's so much wrong with this book, there's so much right with this book. It's honestly just one big old mess but I couldn't push through this any longer just because I found the characters sooo annoying. Like it was literally exhausting to read from their perspectives. ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
umm okay so i may have cried.. i loved this book so much 🥺

i think i read it at a perfect time in my life because i’ve been having a lowkey identity crisis for months and in some ways this book perfectly represented that. and jupiter is basically me and I LOVE HER SO MUCH and courtney too i need them both to be my best friends but also my partners thank u very much
kelly {BookCrushin}
This is a one of the most realistic, messy, complicated, and yet cute stories about identity and love and friendships. Seriously, really felt so much truth in this one.
Laura (bbliophile)
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
This book was incredibly messy, but in a very good way. It perfectly encapsulates how messy attraction can be and how confusing labels are and I loved it.

Also, fun fact: before reading this book I was thinking about how I miss having crushes on people, but while reading this book I thought "never mind, this is way too stressful"
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Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these d ...more

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