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Date Me, Bryson Keller!

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  56 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
Dec 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Sooo you all want to shit on a queer man, because the story of his book sounds somehow similar to a Boys Love Manga.
But at the same time y'all are going on the fact that, female comic artists from Japan (for decades now), have appropriated & build an entire industry off of the stories/pain of gay boys/men?

Not to mention the heteronormative, horrible, harmful & sterotypical portrayal/depiction/characterization of gay men, said female comic artists have been publishing since the early
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
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.
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.

rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
sounds like a disaster. im interested
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
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?
I'm all for all these fluffy high school queer books coming out
Feb 06, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
Positively disastrous dating featuring queers Sounds fun ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, queer, young-adult
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
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
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
Jan 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbt-tbr
I really don't want May to come, because I'll have exams, but I need this book in my life.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful #ownvoices novel.

‘Date Me, Bryson Keller’ has a charming PG-rated slow burn romance, but is first and foremost a coming-out story. Kai and Bryson are both relatable teens who are easy to root for, and feel for, as they go through ups and downs.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.
Gordon Ambos
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
this cover I'M GAGGING ...more
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
Lauren Regenhardt
Every once in awhile, I get in a book rut. Nothing sounds good, I can't get into a book, and I don't even know what genre I feel like diving into. But it's books like Date Me, Bryson Keller, that reignite my reading fuel and make me want to do nothing but read, read, read.

I demolished this book in a day. What a beautiful, heartfelt, relatable novel! I can relate all too well with the anxiety and many other emotions that Kai feels, even at 31. The characters are relatable and likable, and the
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
rae ✌️
"an lgbt+ 'to all the boys i loved before' exCUSE ME I NEED THIS
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A fluffy, fun rom-com that handles sexuality and coming out wonderfully. In some ways, it was a bit like insta-love but the characters were so well written that I didn't really care. Some parts of the ending conflict also felt a bit rushed and unearned. Overall a really fun read!
Danielle Chambers
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, arc, ebooks
I demand a movie based on this book!
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
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
I absolutely love the premise of this novel, but the execution left a lot to be desired. Bryson Keller was also one of the most cardboard cutout love interests I’ve read recently; he was the perfect boyfriend and... that was it. I do love other aspects of this book like the exploration of being mixed race and how coming out stories are still relevant in modern day. But overall, I found this debut lacking in many areas. It’s a quick read and it’s cute — if tries to be too cute at times — though, ...more
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
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!
This is literally Seven Days: Monday–Sunday rip off but also I loved Seven Days so let's go with having two pies theory for now
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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: