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Date Me, Bryson Keller!

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  37 reviews
What If It's Us meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before in this upbeat and heartfelt boy-meets-boy romance that feels like a modern twist on a '90s rom-com!

Everyone knows about the dare: Each week, Bryson Keller must date someone new--the first person to ask him out on Monday morning. Few think Bryson can do it. He may be the king of Fairvale Academy, but he's never
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Kevin van Whye
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hi everyone! This is my book. Yes, I did just 5-star my own book because I’m just so so super excited for everyone to read it! This has seriously been a dream come true for me! Anyway, I’m working hard with my editor to whip "Date Me, Bryson Keller!" into shape! In the mean time I thought I’d address something: The reason why I wrote this book and the inspiration behind it.

The manga "Seven Days" was a jumping off point for me only as far as inspiration goes. There were themes that I wanted to
Feb 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm tired of male authors profiting off the ideas of women of color... This is extremely reminiscent of Seven Days by Tachibana Venio (author) and Takarai Rihito (illustrator).

Seven Days is a two-volume Japanese graphic novel series—otherwise known as manga—that features a high school romance between two male characters. The plot follows the most popular boy in school who has a reputation for dating the first person who asks him out on Monday morning, then breaks up with them at the end of the
Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)
I was lucky enough to read an early draft of Date Me, Bryson Keller! At its essence this is a coming out story that explores what it means to be gay in today’s society. It highlights and dissects the very real issues and fears that gay teens face while trying to live their truth. A powerful and important read.
Feb 06, 2019 marked it as nope  ·  review of another edition
man are we ripping off manga now. sorry but this is literally seven days by takarai rihito. even the synopsis sounds the same
rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
sounds like a disaster. im interested
Feb 06, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
Positively disastrous dating featuring queers Sounds fun ...more
I'm all for all these fluffy high school queer books coming out
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an early draft of this book. Date Me, Bryson Keller! Is a beautiful coming out story set with the backdrop of the much-loved-and-often-used fake dating trope. Some of my highlights: I loved Bryson Keller. He was sweet and romantic. I loved both boy’s sisters and how family was explored in relation to the gay romance. I especially loved the MC’s little sister— she had such an old soul! This story really explores what it means to be gay and more so what it means to come out. And I ...more
Gordon Ambos
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
this cover I'M GAGGING ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's really offensive to take a Japanese woman's work and try to pass the story off as your own. You can write #ownvoices and critique Japanese queer works without stealing another author's plot. Give credit where it's due.

Feb 06, 2019 marked it as not-released-yet  ·  review of another edition
I need this so much. That summary is perfection. I'm excited and sad that it will be until next year.
This shoud be adapted into a film. I live for this queer drama storyline. <3
rae ✌️
"an lgbt+ 'to all the boys i loved before' exCUSE ME I NEED THIS
Shyanne Shilson
*Big thank you to NetGalley/Publisher who sent me this book in exchange for an honest review*

I read the part of "main character is pitched as an LGBTQ To All the Boys I've Loved Before" and almost freaked because TATBILB is one of my favorites books so an LGBTQ version of that I am more than down for. I went into this with high hopes.

I wouldn't say that I was let down but it didn't live up to the expectations that I had set in my head. It was still refreshing to read about the main character in
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2019, queer
This was a super cute YA romance with a coming-out storyline that felt pretty realistic for the places in the US and world where conservative religion still reigns. I loved that Kai and Bryson both felt like actual teenagers instead of quirky caricatures of them. Sometimes I read YA and I know the characters are quoting weird things that teens would never quote or they have strange hobbies and interests that make them stand out as characters, but can make them push the limits of believability. ...more
Danielle Chambers
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, ebooks, arc
I demand a movie based on this book!
Feb 08, 2019 marked it as never-in-a-million-years  ·  review of another edition
Are you fucking kidding me?! This is basically plagiarism, how does stuff like this even get published?
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. I thank Netgalley and the publisher for the chance of reading it.

Date me, Bryson Keller is a cute love story and a coming out narrative. The main character is Kai, he's mixed race and he's a closeted gay. Living in a religious family and going to a private school when the only out teenager is labelled as "the gay one", Kai is afraid to come out, he is not ready, although he's sure of his sexuality, since he has a crush on a
Chantal Aurora
Nov 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: releases-2020, queer
yo I got an arc I AM HYPED
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Bryson is Fairfield Academy's golden boy: wealthy, captain of the championship soccer team, and drop dead gorgeous. Also, he claims not to believe in high school relationships. He gets a little bit of teasing from his friends that maybe he just can't get a date and that's why he's so down on love. He counters with saying he could have a different girlfriend every week...and so the contest begins. He agrees to be the best boyfriend ever to the first person to ask him out each Monday. Kai is gay ...more
e ll a ✨
the 2020 gays are coming for my throat and i love it
Elissa Sweet
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DATE ME, BRYSON KELLER was a fantastic book about coming out and being true to yourself. It's both delightfully cute and funny and a total tearjerker, with an amazing cast of characters and a romance that we could all only aspire to have. The relationship between the two main characters is amazing—they're kind and thoughtful and so, so cute, and they never use their confusion over their sexuality as a reason to be cruel to each other. I only wish that every kid who is struggling with coming out ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Spoiler free*

I hadn't seen this book at all until my friend (Cody is awesome) showed it to me. Just from the, this book seemed like something I wanted to read. It's very obviously queer, which is amazing. Plus, it looks absolutely freaking adorable. A boy joins in a dare, asking out a super popular boy. Kai is closeted and he thinks Bryson is straight. The relationship only lasts five days, but Kai is starting to fall for Bryson. It sounds incredible and I'm so happy I got the chance to read
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, romance, ya
Date Me, Bryson Keller has absolutely one of the wildest premises I've ever read in a teen rom-com. The titular Bryson Keller is dared to date whoever asks him out first every Monday for the rest of the week to prove that he could get a date, even though he was against dating in high school. After several months of girl after girl, our main character, Kai Sheridan (who is a boy! gasp!), asks Bryson Keller out on a whim one Monday.

Even overlooking how insane this dare is, Kai isn't actually out
Gina Adams
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
e-arc provided for me by the publisher and netgalley

So to address the issue that's been raised about this book: it apparently draws heavy inspiration from a manga called Seven Days. I'm hoping there will be blatant credit for that given in the final copy because passing this off as an original idea does not sit well with me. However I don't see anything wrong with a retelling/reimagining as long as creators are credited appropriately.

Now, beyond the moral and legal issues of inspiration vs
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Random House Children's - Random House Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I did not know what to expect when I first heard about this book. I was expecting a form of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda but in this case, the people Kai cared about the most knew of him being gay so the secret was already out compared to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. In this case, Kai
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it

Very cute and fast read! I needed something quick so I downloaded my arc of this one. It was sweet, cheesy and felt realistic. It reminded me of a mix between Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda and the fake dating of To All The Boys I Loved Before.

I liked the character development of Kai and Bryson, as Bryson seemed a little flat/stereotypical at first. They were cute and reminded me a lot of the awkwardness, innocent, and sweetness of first love.

I thought the coming out aspect was very
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
Color me happy when Netgalley & Random House approved me! I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD GET THIS BOOK!!!!!

3.5 stars.

There were part of this book I adored and parts that I didn't.
The one big thing for me is connection and I just......didn't feel it.

I dont want to give to much away but the end of the book made me equal parts mad and sad.

I felt it may have been really rushed but It could also be my angstful heart wanting to drag it on.....

Thank you for a copy of this ARC!

Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
I went into this book blind and I think the premise was interesting but I think the execution unfortunately fell flat for me. I didn't really feel the connection or chemistry between the main characters and some parts of the book seemed to drag on, while others seemed too rushed. I did think Kai had a great relationship with his friends Donny and Priya and I enjoyed their banter back and forth and liked how they supported Kai 100% like true friends should.
Natalie Jaser
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book early thanks to #NetGalley.

SWOON! I read this book cover to cover. I loved it so much. I can't wait to get it for my HS Library. This story is just fantastic. I laughed a lot, I also cried a lot. I can't say enough good things about this book! If you enjoined 'Two Boys Kissing', this book will be right up your alley! Treat yourself to this LGBTQ YA love story!
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Kevin van Whye is a writer born and raised in South Africa, where his love for storytelling started at a young age. At four years old, he quit preschool because his teacher couldn’t tell a story. Kevin’s love affair with stories led him to film school to study script writing. Kevin currently lives in Johannesburg. Find him at: