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I Wish You All the Best

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  452 ratings  ·  206 reviews
When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profil ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Push
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شيماء ✨
The Mona Lisa was found trembling in the Louvre Museum because of this cover.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt, owned
oh the feeling of mile high expectations actually being fulfilled: pure bliss
Mason Deaver
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well I wrote this book, so my review is probably biased?

Either way... this is the book of my heart, I never thought people would believe in this story, but I've never been happier to be so, so, so wrong. This book may be the closest I get to writing myself. It deals with anxiety, depression, coming out and identity, and first love, and it's absolutely so important to me.

I hope you all enjoy it when you get the chance to read it.
Alice Oseman
A soft, sweet, and incredibly important story about a non-binary teen finding their voice. This book is going to be so important to so many people.
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I am finally going to be able to read Mason’s book. CAN YOU BELIEVE??!

Update after reading - December 3rd, 2018
This book has not been undersold in the least. It is heartfelt, loving, difficult, and wonderful in every way. Becky’s blurb isn’t lying - it is indeed quietly groundbreaking and will, without a doubt, save lives. Prepare yourselves for an incredible, beautiful debut in 2019, friends.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was suUuUuUuUuch a great read. I learned so much and also just fell head over heels for these characters. What an important book!

TW: misgendering, homophobia, anxiety, depression
Larry H
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes, yes, YES. I loved this book so much!

Ben De Backer has finally decided it's time they come out to their parents as nonbinary. While Ben knows their parents, particularly their father, are difficult and have strong religious beliefs, in the end Ben thinks that their parents should be okay with their coming out. Ben is their child after all, right?

Ben couldn't have been more wrong. Their parents kick Ben out of the house and with nowhere to turn, not even shoes on their feet, Ben turns to thei
✨    jamieson   ✨
Mar 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipated-2019
frame this cover and place it in the lourve
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
The ARC of this book was provided by Scholastic via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Full review here

I think this book is going to mean so much for so many people.
First of all, I think it's important to say that this book is own voices so the author surely knows what they are talking about.
This book tells the story of Ben, a teenager who identifies as non-binary. After coming out to their parents Ben is kicked out of their home. Thankfully their sister Hannah takes them in and help
4.5 stars.

I LOVED this. Great representation, pacing, and I haven't shipped two people together in such a long time!

This is 4.5 for me though because for some reason, while the writing is great, I felt myself not feeling as emotionally attached to the characters as I'd like to be, but I'm positive that the very minor problem will fixed in Mason's second novel.

This is SUCH an important novel (it being the first own voices non-binary experience I've ever read), and Deaver will soon be an even bigg
kav (xreadingsolacex)
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
disclaimer: i received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, this in no way impacted my review.

trigger warnings: rejection from parents after coming out (challenged), panic attacks

Finally, after my third time reading this brilliant gift to the young-adult world, I can share my review of I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver.

I Wish You All the Best is a young-adult contemporary about Ben De Backer, a non-binary teen who is thrown out of their house after coming out to their parents, who
This book was... wow. I don't even have words for this book. It was fantastic. It was beautiful and heartbreaking and so so so important. I cannot recommend it enough.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've read this book twice already and I can say with great confidence that I'll be rereading it many times in the future. It is THAT good.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I read this one twice already and i can tell y'all it's a game changer.

Get on it !!!!!
I'm leaving this one unrated because I honestly don't know what to give it. In so many ways it's such an important and relevant read and I'm so happy this'll be out in the world soon and that people will see themselves in it or identify with aspects of the journey described within. But at the same time.. it's not happy, it's often hard, and it's far from your typical fluffy YA -- which, to be fair, was something I knew going into this so I'm not throwing shade or anything; and not that I need al ...more
Elise (TheBookishActress)
releases: 28 May 2019
this sounds so freaking cool and all my friends love it so much and I'm so excited
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
A much-needed story that I’m so glad is being published! 💚
Joshee Kun (조수아)
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Scholastic, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There are no fireworks. Time doesn't stop. And I don't mind; I don't think he does either. Because this has been in the making for so long.

I Wish You All the Best is one of the most informative books that I've read this year. If you're sick of the unrealistic romance in YA contemporary, this one won't disappoint you. I'm not sure if it's a genre thing, but I have a hypothesis that queer books rarely have in
•°• gabs •°•
i'm absolutely certain that i will never be able to write a review for this because my heart is bursting with too many emotions.


tw: depression, anxiety, misgendering.
anna (readingpeaches)
sounds a lot like a diamond in the sky & also my heart shattering in the best possible way
can't wait !!!
evelyn hugo’s #1 fan
this is the first book ever that i've felt FULLY represented by - sexuality, gender, and mental illness wise - and it means the entire world to me. ben de backer is in my top three favourite main characters of aLl time. they mean so much to me, a genderfluid person who is very much not cisgender. also i VERY MUCH headcanon ben as having ptsd like me because my child is very very fucked up by events that happen early on in the novel that idk if i can share yet oops. i have so many theories i want ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars

The book of my dreams. The book of my heart.

Real, authentic, bittersweet and unfalteringly hopeful. This story is a much needed reminder that we all owe it to ourselves to strive for happiness and that the best is yet to come 💖
I've been seeing my friends hype this up ever since I joined book twitter. Can't wait to finally read it!
"There are no fireworks. Time doesn't stop. And I don't mind; I don't think he does either. Because this has been in the making for so long."

"I wish you all the best, Benjamin De Backer."

5 stars. Despite one minor issue i had with I Wish You All The Best, it is yet another love story that is serious, honest, warm, and damn near revolutionary all at once. Going into this book, I wasn't quite sure what to expect besides a heartwarming romcom featuring a nonbinary protagonist by an ownvoices a
Andrea Valeska

Can't wait to read this!!!
Adiba Jaigirdar
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, ya, cv
This was such a great book, and is going to mean so much to so many non-binary teens like Ben!

I loved how this book dealt with Ben's coming out, even though it wasn't easy to read. From their coming out, the aftermath of it, and then their fear of coming out again and meet the same fate. It felt very real and is definitely something a lot of queer kids probably have to think about.

I also just really loved the way anxiety was portrayed here, and the way mental health was given so much importance
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5

You know that feeling when your most anticipated reads actually live up to your mile-high expectations? This happened to me with Red, White & Royal Blue earlier this week (read it!), and now it happened again with I Wish You All the Best.

This is such an emotional, deeply important story. And I will just state right now, I would do anything to protect Ben. They've instantly become one of my favourite main characters. Usually, main characters are these really loveable, agreea
Jay Coles
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woooooooow!!! This was such a stunning story. Highly recommend pre-ordering when that link drops. 2019 is about to be so lit.
When Ben comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're kicked out of their house. Not sure what to do, Ben chooses to reconnect with their sister, who left home 10 years earlier and hadn't been in contact since. She takes them in, and helps Ben connect with who they are, as well as the history of the behavior in their family.

This is ultimately a romance, and it works really well. Ben's nonbinary, and their partner determines that he's bisexual later in the book. Along the way, we see Ben wor
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Mason Deaver is a non-binary author and librarian in a small town in North Carolina where the word ‘y’all’ is used in abundance.

When they aren’t writing or working, they’re typically found in their kitchen baking something that’s bad for them, or out in their garden complaining about the toad that likes to dig holes around their hydrangeas.