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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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Cloey Taylor I understand your question but yes the book is based on his never-ending love for Jupe and I don't think he wants to give up the fact that she gives…moreI understand your question but yes the book is based on his never-ending love for Jupe and I don't think he wants to give up the fact that she gives signs and he puts it into his head he might have a chance. (less)

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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 didnt 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 missingon the other hand, with such a diverse cast, my hopes couldnt help but ride high.

Unfortunately, this was simply not an enjoyable reading experience at all.
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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
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may ➹
me, before reading this book: god, if youre out there, please dont let me hate this book as much as I hate its cover

me, after reading this book: god, if youre out there, why do you hate me
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
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 ...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 Ive 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. ...more
ellie
Apr 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
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.
Ava
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
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abi
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqiap
jupiter for two thirds of this book: im a lesbian
jupiter when she gets her own pov: yeet i like boys but im a lesbian but also maybe not who knows?

this book was messy, messy, messy. part of me cant 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. theyre probably all believable as
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Kate (GirlReading)
A wonderfully, infuriating and messy story.

I dont 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 cant 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,
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Silvia
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
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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
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
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:
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Kayla Brunson
10/22/18
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.
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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
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Natalia
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
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Giulia
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" so...no. Just
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Ashley
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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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
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jaroda
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
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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 Im 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 approved
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Kelly
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
bookellenic
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
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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.
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"
Isabella
2.5 stars

This was disappointing.

Don't get me wrong: Odd One Out is easily one of the most diverse and honest books I've ever read. I was so excited to read about these three protagonists of colour, two of which are questioning their sexual identities. And there's so much important stuff in this book about labels especially, how sometimes you might choose a label for yourself that doesn't fit anymore when you learn more about yourself, and how this can be pretty terrifying.

On the other hand
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Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, bea-2018
*4.5 stars*

I feel so seen and so validated after finishing this book. Odd One Out deals heavily with identity and the process of questioning the things you thought were certain about yourself. I wish I could go back in time and throw this book at my teen self who was grappling with her attractions to women.
Court
DNF at 100 pages
Vincent
Oct 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
1 star

Nope. Big Nope. The worst.

Generally

This book was a great annoyance. I hated the writing style. It was filled with overused pop culture references and the dialogues were the most cheesy words my eyeballs ever witnessed.

Characters

They were worse than the writing. This book is centered around three teenagers and I barely liked one of them. Jupiter, Courtney and Rae make MANY stupid decisions. They never learn or grow and are easily forgiven - which is CRAP - They never face hard consequences
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joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
Odd One Out has the closest representation of a Love Triangle I've ever read in YA lit. Truly. The story engages the complexities of sexual identity and fluidity, intersectionalism, and non-traditional families through three separate "novellas" -- each novella being a different character POV but all of which feeds back into the linearity of the story itself. And to top it all off, it has Nic's signature dialogue and humour.

Problems? Yeah, I've got some. But that'll come with the full review.

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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 ...more

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