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All the Better Part of Me

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  140 reviews
It's an inconvenient time for Sinter Blackwell to realize he's bisexual. He's a 25-year-old American actor working in London, living far away from his disapproving parents in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoying a flirtation with his director Fiona. But he can't deny that his favorite parts of each day are the messages from his gay best friend Andy in Seattle, whom Sinter o ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Flora⁷ ❀
Jun 15, 2019 marked it as wish-list
we are getting so many books with unapologetic bisexual characters. it's twenty-bi-teen and i'm thriving. ...more
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Molly Ringle
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: lgbtq
This is a coming-out story, a story where a lot of the focus is on sexuality and identity. But it’s probably the only one of that category I’ll ever write. I have written and will continue writing characters who happen to BE queer (along with straight ones), where the story’s focus is on other things, but it’s true that a focus on LGBTQ issues feels like “not my story to tell.”

I consider myself Q for questioning (because surely a genuinely straight person wouldn't spend as much time wondering if
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio – 5 Stars

I guess you can say that Alex Kydd is an acquired taste. Although he is excellent with accents, performs very well and has a wonderful deep voice, he does also have this surfer/dude bro kind of thing going on. At a 1.25 audio speed, it worked great for me.

Story – 4 Stars

From an almost DNF to a solid 4-star favorite read for me!

This story required patience that I didn’t think I had. I wanted to dnf a couple of times because of the pacing, the slow no burn (ftb sex scenes..ugh! Why?
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, lgbtqia
*Updated 10/29/20* - I dropped the rating further, remembering how problematic this book could be.

Actual rating: 1.5 (rounded down)

Huge thanks to NetGalley, Central Avenue Publishing, and the authoress for providing me with this eARC in an exchange for an honest review.

A few things: I find it hard to believe any of these characters were in their mid-to-late twenties. Sinter and Andy spoke like teenagers, and the dialogue (which is predominantly text messages between them) felt very much YA (LOT

This book put me in a coma, and I don’t mean in the “oh my god this book was SO GOOD that I’m dying” kind of way. I mean in the “my blood pressure skyrocketed to Saturn while I was reading it and when I finished this book I was in such a state of anger that I temporarily became the Hulk” kind of coma. I mean it like, if I could sigh any harder, I’m legitimately afraid I would black out from oxygen deprivation.

Here’s a little secret and trick of the trade when it comes to frolic
Roberta Blablanski
Simply amazing.

When I first heard about this story over a year ago, I fell over myself with excitement. I am a huge fan of the 80s, especially the music, and the major draw to All the Better Part of Me for me was the New Wave influences. Each chapter title is a song title from the 80s, and the songs fit perfectly with the narrative.

So I went into reading All the Better Part of Me with extremely high expectations. I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

Have you ever read a book that made you feel g
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided a copy of this novel from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

This book - my God... I've haven't fallen so quickly in love with characters in such a long time- but I did with this book. Sinter Blackwell (what a marvelous name) is an actor currently residing in London who finds himself cast in a BBC film by a complete stroke of luck. While working on the film he becomes infatuated with the female director of the film. There’s only one problem: he’s realizing he may be bise
kelly ♥
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this for an honest review! Some spoilers below so read with caution. Review also posted on my blog.

All The Better Part of Me follows Sinter Blackwell, a 25 year old aspiring actor temporarily living in London who, at the start of the book, is beginning to question his sexuality and his feelings for his childhood best friend, Andy. The book follows Sinter as he struggles to define his identity, both to himself and those around him, al
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I liked this story but it didn’t live up to my expectations to love it. The blurb and the letter written by the publisher excited me and I couldn’t wait to start. But when I did, I quickly realized this wasn’t as appealing as I’d hoped. I hate to admit this but I read a few chapters and stopped for a few days and then went back and read a chapter and stopped. Somewhere around the time Sinter came back to the US, I decided to DNF. And then I pushed a little farther and Sinter’s BFF, Andy, snagged ...more
There's a playlist for this book made up of 80s songs in the acknowledgements/chapter titles, and as we all love the 80s I made that playlist on Spotify:

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Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
I think this book very much could have been written with more nuance if it were written by a queer author (which I do not believe the author is). The fact that Andy and Sinter's main relationship issue is that Sinter does not feel comfortable coming out, the handling of a trans character, the way that Sinter's homophobic parents feel very "How not to behave" instead of feeling like real characters. There are things as a queer person that I could find fault with if I though too hard.

However, I ab
Keelin Rita
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, queer
3.5 - 4 stars

I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book. It was both weird, run of the mill writing and storytelling, then very charming and real and emotional. I am, confused. There was some characterizations that I found bizarre especially for Fiona. For an adult woman, she says and does some things that seem far younger and immature. In a way that made me think those things were written like that just to further or create plot. On the other hand, Andy and Sebastian were such wonder
Michaela Aisling
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
3.5, maybe? Gimme those half ratings, goodreads!!

I received an e-book copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a tough book to rate, because I really enjoyed certain aspects of it, but other aspects I thought fell a little flat, or just didn't quite do it for me? It wasn't a bad book, definitely not, and I'd probably edge it more towards a 3.5 if that were a possibility as there were some really endearing parts, but there were still a lot of aspects that didn't
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I mean...I don’t read romances. Totally not my thing. But I’d heard this was from a bisexual man’s viewpoint, and that caught my interest. And it ended up that I couldn’t put it down. A purely pleasurable read about intriguing, genuine characters. I’d recommend it, and not only because of its soundtracks (OMG! Love it!) or that Ms Ringle uses “frisson” a few chapters in. Love less commonly used words. Love this book more though.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, 2019, netgalley, 5-star
Ok so first things first, I love the cover. Because it's the bi flag, and that just makes me so happy.

I was super excited to read this. A book about a bisexual that actually uses the word bisexual?! So many books/movies/shows imply bisexuality but refuse to label the character, or imply bisexuality and then outright deny it. And when bisexuality is explicitly written about, it's usually about women. Both in fiction and in real life, bi men are underrepresented and ignored, or assumed 'actually g
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
(4.5 Stars) Sinter and Andy💕 Such a delight to read...and omg bi pride all over this cover. Check out my video review —> ...more
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
All the Better Part of Me was a rather heartwarming read. Witnessing Sinter figure out his sexuality and deal with the repercussions was compelling even if I did get frustrated with him at times. He was, in all honesty, doing the best he could given the "tools" he had.


Sinter immediately captivated me. His love of 80's music, Shakespeare, and emo-style of dressing felt familiar and comfortable. And his career as an actor made his flair for the dramatic realistic. I a
Jamie Deacon
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could spend pages gushing over how much I loved this book! I have a massive soft spot for friends-to-lovers romances, and All the Better Part of Me ranks among my favourites. Essentially, this is a story about coming out, growing up, and finding the courage to stand up for the things you want in life. It has all the evocative writing and authenticity I so admire in Molly Ringle’s work, not to mention bucket loads of warmth and just the right amount of humour.

Why did I fall so hard for this nov
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
sinter blackwell, you are officially now one of my favorite fictional characters ever.

just wanted you to know that <3

being someone who's been in a reading slump for over a month now, getting inside a character as charming and kind as sinter was like a huge relief that i've been wanting for a while. his love for acting reminded me of what made it appeal so much to me at a young age; that wonder of all the magic that happens not just on stage but in the making of it; stepping into his perspective
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 3stars
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to read this one after I received it, but I was a bit disappointed by the end of it.

I wasn’t the greatest fan of the writing style - first person past tense is not my favourite - which was a bummer. When I read first person, I prefer if it’s in present tense instead.

I thought Sinter and Andy’s friendship was super cute and, although I felt that they could have taken it a bit slower, I
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It’s definitely a 4.5-5/5 stars. This is a romantic contemporary novel following Sinter who comes out as bisexual and has a relationship with his best friend Andy. I adored the writing style. It flowed very well and the pacing was perfect. It’s written in first person present day but we get flashbacks of Sinter’s life in high school with Andy and with his parents. There is mix media which is fantastic. You get to see emails between Sinter and his parents and text me ...more
Adrien Sauvageon
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
i fuck with this but midway, the plot went in a weird direction which was kind of a turn off
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
All the Better Part of Me is a novel about an actor whose life changes dramatically when he realises he's bisexual. Sinter Blackwell is an American working in London, just cast in a TV movie set in the 80s which suits his love of new wave music and goth style well. His parents don't approve of his career, he finds himself flirting with his director Fiona, and his feelings for his gay best friend Andy might not be quite what he thought them to be. When he moves back to Seattle to see if there's a ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The author was able to take what has become a cliche plot point and give it new life!
The characters are fun and believable. The struggle of coming out to conservative parents, in more ways than one, was well developed.
Excellent book that I would happily recommend.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
**ARC provided by Netgalley and publisher in exchange for review**

As a reader, sometimes we dive into a book with high expectations formed from a pretty cover and excellent blurb. Occasionally, our expectations are met and exceeded. Typically though, we build up the anticipation and possibilities of the story too high for the author to ever meet so the book falls flat and we’re left feeling bereft. Unfortunately, that’s what happened to me with All The Better Part Of Me.

I dug into this novel wi
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
*This review contains major spoilers of the book, so be aware of that when reading this review*
I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.
No better way to put it then from the words of the author herself, “What a clusterfuck.” – Chapter 33
The story is set around 2 best friends since high school, now adults in their mid-20s, Sinter ( Leading Character) and Andy, which chronicles them both coming out to each other at 2 separate times. Andy being the 1st wh
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a charming story! I loved reading about Sinter and his journey from bi-curious to bisexual and proud. I loved his relationship with Andy and the organic way it unfolded. When Sinter's parents were unsupportive and belligerent, I really felt for both men.

This book was very well written. There were a lot of things that happened that could have come off as cliches or unimaginative, but the author pulled it all off really well. I felt for the characters and the things going on in their
Ana Rocha
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley, cute
You know those periods in life when you just want to read something simple and drama free? That’s the state of mind I was in when I picked this up; and that’s the biggest reason why I liked it (although there was a lot of unnecessary cliché drama in the end).

“All the Better Part of Me” doesn’t have a very original plot. It’s the same storyline that has been done thousands of times: the main character finally realises that he’s in love with his best friend; of course there are a few twists here a
Darlene Foster
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The diversity of this author never ceases to amaze me. In this, another well-written story, we get to know Sinter Blackwell, a product of the eighties New Wave scene. A struggling actor, estranged from his parents, living far away from his best friend, misunderstood and unsure of his sexuality, he is as confused as many twenty-somethings are, then and now. When a life-changing event happens, Sinter’s world is turned upside down and he has to make some serious decisions. Can he handle what has be ...more
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Molly Ringle was one of the quiet, weird kids in school, and is now one of the quiet, weird writers of the world. She/her. Perv on the page, demisexual panromantic in RL.🏳️‍🌈

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