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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,352 ratings  ·  350 reviews
Jake Hyde doesn’t swim—not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it ...more
Kindle Edition, 194 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by DC Comics
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daph pink ♡
The story was just "WHATEVER". I didn't liked any of the characters, it wasn't worth my time!! ...more
Dave Schaafsma
I know Alex Sanchez through Rainbow Boys and his other GLTQ YA books. I know Julie Maroh from her Blue is the Warmest Color comics novel. So this graphic novel is the story of Aqualad who in this version is also gay. Jake and Maria are bffs forever. Maria is in love with Jake but Jake is actually questioning his sexual identity, and is on the verge of coming out gay. They live in New Mexico, in the desert; Maria wants to live there and contrbute to making it a better world, and Jake wants to stu ...more
Jessica
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (DC Comics) in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5.

This was a heartfelt origin story that tackles identity and sexuality.

Prior to reading this, I had no idea who Jake Hyde (aka Aqualad) was so I had no expectations going in about his origin story. I was pleasantly surprised. The superhero element was a lot more subtle than I thought it would be. Jake trying to figure out the mystery behind his
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Chad
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This is virtually the same Aqualad story Geoff Johns told in Brightest Day adding in a LGBTQ love triangle. Jake Hyde is preparing to go away to college soon while figuring out his sexuality. He's attached at the hip to his best friend Maria. Some people including Maria wonder if they may be more. That's when he starts talking to Kenny...

The whole water / super power angle seems thrown in to make it part of the DC universe even though that was the core of the story this is based on. I wasn't a
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Teal
This YA graphic novel with a gay/questioning MC is set in a world where, if something flashes by overhead, you can whip out your binoculars and see that it’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s



The POV is shared by three teenagers — which got a bit tedious, honestly, and I had to put the book down briefly at about halfway to let my eyeballs recover from over-rolling. But fundamentally this is Jake’s story, as he grapples with the consequences of keeping secrets and having secrets kept from him.

I w
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Juan
Jan 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
Okay I'm sorry I'm sure this comic will be cute but this has been bothering me for weeks now. Miami University is not a "college on the coast". It's in Ohio. Ohio is landlocked. I'm going to start losing sleep over this I s2g DC please fix it

EDIT: I have been informed that this was fixed in the ARC so now I can sleep at night again
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TJ
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This could have been something special, but the execution of all these themes and ideas is mediocre. The dialogue is straight up awful, the characters are unbelievably stupid for plot reasons, and the art style wasn’t for me most of the time. This reads very juvenile, overall. With a different writer and an extra hundred pages, this could have been spectacular. The combination of sexuality awakening and super powers awakening is golden. Instead of exploring those topics maturely and logically th ...more
Larry H
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

You Brought Me the Ocean is a captivating, poignant graphic novel about a young man trying to figure out who he is.

For reasons he can’t explain, Jake has always been obsessed with the ocean, and with water in general. He's even constantly thirsty. He dreams of studying marine biology, which would require him to leave his New Mexico hometown and all of those who are close to him.

His mother has always been overprotective, perhaps because his father drowned when Jake was a baby. He sp
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Carly Faith
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
this was so cringey.

maria was beyond annoying and selfish.

only character i liked was kenny. he was the only decent one.

this entire book kinda made no sense either. very weird plot and kinda childish, didn't come out strong in the writing either. overal not what i expected when i went in to this book.

cute lgbtq+ rep but uh that's really it. i wish i didn't read this.
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Kali Cole
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! I read this in one sitting and it was so wonderful! I loved the relationship between Jake and Kenny and I really enjoyed the illustrations. I’ve been getting into more comics lately and I’m very thankful to DC Comics for sending me a copy of this. I think in terms of how fulfilling the story is, I’d probably give it about 3 stars just because it went way to fast paced. I’m not used to the pacing of comics so that could be why. However, I love Aquaman and I think this story is a really in ...more
Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I do agree with what a lot of other reviewers are saying about this book in that it is kind of awkward and dated, but I also still think there is value to be found in it and I did enjoy reading it for the most part. I have basically no prior knowledge on Aqualad so I don't know how this compares to any other version of the character or origin story but I think it was a [mostly] cute enough take on it for new readers. I could have done without the
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Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
Jake
For The 2020 Reading Rush prompt Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone.

I fell head over heels, absolute completely in love with the art.
I mean I will read anything illustrated by Julie Maroh. Her art is mesmerizing.

Add to this beautiful art a compelling story of friendships, coming-of-age, coming-out (in more than the obvious way); and you get a tale you can't help but love it.
I sat down read it and then immediately re-read the whole thing. And believe me I'll read
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Laura
This is another one that looked as though it would work, but felt as though it tried to hard. It is part coming out story, and part discovering your secret powers.

There is a sort of LGBTQ love story thrown in, and the girl who is a "friend" who doesn't realize that Jake is gay, but then, neither does he.

The story is a little slow to start, and when it starts to pick up steam, it ends too abruptly.

And although this is supposed to be set in the DC universe, it feels forced, as sightings of Superma
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Laura

3.5 Stars

I’ve been craving comics lately. Stories told panel by panel with color and angles and words. So off I went searching shelves and lists and sites. You Brought Me the Ocean jumped out at me for two reasons…

1. HELLO! It’s a coming out story with super powers!
2. Alex Sanchez! I haven’t read his words since Rainbow Boys.

I dived right in! :)

Jake Hyde is hiding secrets on top of secrets. He’s hiding his sexuality from his mother, best friend, and maybe even himself. Is he ready to come out t
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Lu
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. An HUGE thanks to DC comics for this free book. All opinions are my own.

TW: homophobia, homophobic slurs, physical assault

Jake Hyde lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, a city in the desert, with his overprotective mother, eager to keep him safe and away from the water, since his father drowned. But Jake is attracted to and longs for the ocean, he wants to leave his hometown where he feels suffocated and go to college on
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Vanessa Menezes
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphics-comics
This was an okay book which felt a bit incomplete.
Maria
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
3/5

I wanted to like this story, and it did have potential and some heartfelt moments, but I don't think it hit the mark. Many moments were unintentionally funny, and I feel like the two primary side characters Kenny and Maria were not handled well in some ways. Maria comes across as a little bit hypocritical considering she's guilty of the same sins she accuses Jake of. Kenny is handled a little better, but beyond serving as the primary romantic interest, he gets short shrift in certain areas of
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Sarina
CWs: abuse, anti-LGBTQ+ violence, bullying, depression, homophobia, homophobic slur, nonconsensual operations

The cover reminded me of Blue Is the Warmest Color, so of course I had to pick it up. It turns out that this is, in fact, illustrated by the one and only Julie Maroh! I will never cease to be amazed by the expressiveness of their characters. I felt every emotion on the page, no small feat because there was such a large range of emotions to convey.

This could be your generic coming-out-
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Karlee
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a nice quick read. I wish this comic had been around when I was younger but I think this fits for the next generation. I loved reading the diverse characters as well as the LGBTQ representation. Superman and Aquaman make an appearance which would make any DC fan happy.

Unfortunately, I didn't like the ending. I felt as if it was left on a cliff hanger and there was no mention of a sequel. There were too many unanswered questions.
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Sarah
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling story, just the very end was a bit rushed...
Mae Crowe
I feel very weird about this one, and waiting two weeks before writing the review really isn't helping anything. I'm not sure that the rating I have on this is final - I'm hovering between 2 and 3 stars - but considering that part of the reason I want to bump it to three is the art style and thematic application of colors and I generally review story above art because that's what I look for first...

Well. I went with two for now.

You Brought Me the Ocean had a chance to be really cute. I read it b
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Rod Brown
An angsty but heartwarming gay romance that just happens to involve some super powers. Jake Hyde has a lot of secrets for a high school kid in a small desert town in New Mexico: his college plans, his attraction to classmate Kenny Liu, and what happens when he comes into contact with water. Over the course of a few days, the secrets start coming out, rocking Jake, his friends and his family.

A nicely drawn and written character study.

Unlike some of the more Elseworlds sort of DC Graphic Novels fo
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˗ˏˋ janet ˊˎ˗
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, lgbtq-reads
I love how Kenny & Jake both have a deep love for the ocean and Maria is a desert gal <3
Dakota Morgan
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You Brought Me the Ocean offers a surprisingly potent mix of superhero nonsense and teenage self-discovery. I assumed the self-discovery aspects would be excellent considering the author and artist's credentials, but was surprised that Jake Hyde's (Aqualad) burgeoning water abilities played a key role in the plot. Gay romance and superheroics don't often go hand in hand, but the combo really does work in You Brought Me the Ocean.

I even appreciated Julie Maroh's artwork, which is decidedly not su
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Rick
Where was this when I was kid!? Seriously, I wish I could have read this when I was 13 or 14. Of course, when I was 13-14 something like this could never have been published.

This is a beautiful story, well written and gorgeously illustrated. At first I didn’t think the style of the art was going to work for me, but now I css as my image it bring drawn by anyone else. Thank you to everyone involved in the creation of this book. It’s more priceless, more beautiful, than the Heart of the Ocean.
Gustavo
I finished it so soon. I want more 😩thank you Elsa for this amazing gift. I loved it.
Sasha Zatz
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh is a gorgeous and vivid story about identity, incorporating superhero aspects into a character-driven and emotional story.
Jake Hyde lives in a small town in the middle of the desert - he longs to move to the sea after his last year of high school, but in the mean time he deals with the difficulties of friendship, first love, prejudice, family and finding out that he’s, well, a superhero!
I really enjoyed this comic. It wasn’t perfect and
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Suzanne
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You Brought Me the Ocean is an origin story for Aqualad, this time as a gay Black teen living in the US Southwest. So many secrets. His mother's been keeping him away for water his entire life, but why? What are the "birthmarks" on his arms and why do they glow when exposed to water? Is he gay? Why does everyone think he's dating his best friend Maria? And is it time to talk to the only out gay guy at school? Or do more than talk?

Long-time readers of queer comics will be familiar with Julie Maro
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Deborah
This is a story that could have been really cool, but unfortunately is dragged down by a lot of different aspects. The writing is weak and incredibly stilted. The water theme is overplayed and nearly every page features some sort of water/ocean quip that feels forced. Dialogue just lacks any charisma or creativity; if feels like I’m reading a hasty draft for a fanfic. I know artwork is fairly subjective, but I thought the art style was weirdly cartoony. Body shapes looked distorted, and facial e ...more
Christina
As a fan of Julie Maroh, I was looking forward to this graphic novel about a queer relationship. However, there were many elements of this that did not work for me. First, the coming out component unfortunately came across as pushing someone out of the closet at worst. At best it did not pay respect to someone's own timing and needs during that important process. Second, the language was a bit stilted and didn't seem realistic. Lastly, while the setting of the DC Comic universe is interesting, w ...more
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Alex Sanchez is the author of the Rainbow Boys trilogy of teen novels, along with The God Box, Getting It, and the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. His novel, Bait, won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for YA fiction. Alex received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University and for many years worked as a youth and family counselor. His newes ...more

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