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When You Get the Chance

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Following cousins on a road trip to Pride as they dive into family secrets and friendships, When You Get the Chance is a contemporary YA novel, perfect for fans of David Levithan and Becky Albertalli, and for readers looking for a story of friendship and family.

As kids, Mark and his cousin Talia spent many happy summers together at the family cottage in Ontario, but a fig
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published May 4th 2021 by Running Press Kids
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
*A huge thank you to NetGalley and “Perseus Books, Running Press” for providing a free ARC*

This book has been on my radar for quite a while and the moment I saw the cover I really wanted to read this. I just love how queer this is and the skyline of Toronto in the background as well as the blurb only added to my already high expectations. If you ask me the world needs more covers like that and I’d be happy to buy them all. This said, the most important question is: Did “When You Get the Chance”
daph pink ♡

Things I liked about this book

1. The cover
2. It's short
3. Paige 💙
4. The whole road trip to pride situation

Things I didn't liked about this book


the main reason I didn't liked this book is because of these two and since the entire book revolves around them I didn't liked the plot in general. These two are one of the most irritating ruled by hormones teens I have ever read about.

Nevertheless I will give it 3 stars because there were many parts especi
Oct 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, to-buy
doesn't it fill you with eternal happiness seeing how fiercely and unapologetically GAY queer covers look these days? ...more
C.G. Drews
This was thoroughly wholesome and lovely. I am here for more quiet queer family-centric books in 2020 🙌🏻 thank you so much. This is about estranged family who come together to tidy up and maybe sell their grandmother's cottage. It's set in Canada too! I thought there was only piles of moose and pine trees in Canada so I learned a lot! (I mean, there were no meese in here at all. The stereotypes lie.) And just reading about cousins becoming friends, and exploring the complex (and often strained) ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, read-in-2020, lgbtq
*I received an advance copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


This book lives up to what I was promised. It was both super queer and super Canadian, and was quite frankly a blast!

I really liked the family dynamics in this, between the cousins, the parents, the grandchildren and grandparents. It was all great. The summer cottage they visited was such a fun place and I loved seeing it, as well as the life brought to the town around it.

Another aspect I enjoyed wa
Caleb Roehrig
I can already tell this is a book I’ll be bringing up for a long time, because I feel like I’ve got too much to say to put my thoughts together coherently. It’s about all the ways in which queerness is a unique and personal experience, but also about how it unites and creates community out of diverse identities. It celebrates queer history, and it celebrates queer modernity, and it captures the beauty of what it means to be born under the rainbow.
lu ☾
2.5 stars

I'm gonna start off by saying that this actually lived up to my expectations. It was a quick, mostly enjoyable read, but otherwise not very memorable at all. When You Get the Chance follows cousins Mark and Talia, who haven't seen each other in years because their parents aren't on speaking terms. The death of their grandfather, though, makes the family reunite in Toronto for the funeral, and Talia and Mark (and Mark's younger sister, who we'll talk about later because she was wonderful
I exchanged an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinions in any way.

we're going to pretend like I actually remember more than three things about this book, because I read it literally a year ago and then forgot to review it because the release date got delayed

Honestly, even after having . . . a lot of time . . . to process this one, I still don't really know how to feel about it? So this review might be a little short, but let's try to s
Gerardine  Betancourt
This book has made me feel a little nostalgic about my life when I was little and I went out with my family on vacation every summer.
Mark and Talia are cousins ​​who haven't seen each other in years after their parents had a big fight over something. When her grandfather dies, the family travels to Toronto for a few days to take care of a few things.
I'm going to start by saying that Talia and Mark are the most self-centered characters I've read in a long time. While their parents are going thro
james ☆
May 27, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks

hmmm...i'm feeling very conflicted upon finishing "when you get the chance".

this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and unfortunately it was a disappointment.

it was enjoyable enough, even though the advertised ~road trip~ element was really more of a ten page car ride. there were a lot of really fun side characters, and plenty of potential to have been something amazing, but there was one element that fell so flat for me that it tainted the entire experience.

the representation.

Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
So, here's the thing. I really really REALLY wanted to just LOVELOVELOVE this book. I tried, I really did. But this mostly felt flat for me and I thought a lot about why. Because don't get me wrong, this wasn't bad. This was just kind of meh for me. And I realized that it was a mix of my expectations, the promises in the synopsis and the characters themselves.

Let's start with the plot. After reading the synopsis, I expected a half road trip sto
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, young-adult
Okay first of all, a three-hour car ride that takes up like 10% of the novel total does not make it a road trip novel. (Do Canadians really think three hours in a car is an impressive amount of time?)
Second of all, both of the main characters in this book are insufferable. Obviously this is somewhat subjective, but personally I was never really on their side at any point in this book, and it was a huge letdown when neither of them really changed much over the course of the book.

My main problem
Anna (RattleTheShelves)
***Thank you Netgalley for providing a free eARC***

This book was exactly what I expected: a fast, fun, queer read. What I didn't expect was that it's also Canadian (I imagine there is a hint on the cover... and in the description) which made it all the better because Canadian books are always more relatable than American. (That's why we insist that Canada is a honorary European country)

It's told from two POVs: Mark, a gay high school senior from Halifax (and honestly a bit of a self-absorbed jer
@ the people hating talia for correcting people when they say ignorant/queerphobic things and calling her a "social justice warrior" as an insult: the ignorant, privileged main character in this book also calls her a "sjw" as an insult because he hates being confronted with his own ignorance and doesn't care about politics....idk might be something to reflect on.

content/trigger warnings; death of loved one, misgendering, ableism, nonbinary-phobia, outing, homophobia, panphobia, polyamory-phobia,
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: gay mc, sapphic mc, pan nonbinary li, wlw and mlm side characters

Galley provided by publisher

YA contemporary lit is always hit or miss for me. Sometimes I’ll really like it, other times it reminds me how much older I am than the characters. This fell somewhere in between those two extremes.

In When You Get the Chance, we are introduced to Mark and Talia, two cousins who have not seen each other in a good few years after their parents fell out in some mysterious argument. After
Sofie |
Despite the craziness of it all, despite knowing how mad my dad is going to be, despite what happened with Erin, I feel kind of okay. The marchers - with their waves, their signs, their chants, their smiles - are lifting me up. Even standing here, watching, I am a part of it all.

As someone who grew up in Toronto myself, I have to say, it is so refreshing to to read such a distinctly Canadian story. I could see Bracebridge in my head (I went to camp there pretty much my entire childhood, afte
Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)
I received a digital copy of this book via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

It may just be a theme that any book I read "set at Pride" I've rated low. The first half of this book was great! I loved the aspect of going back to the family cottage and the mystery that was involved. However, the mystery was quickly solved, and by the end of the book, the reason Mark and Talia's parents were feuding was so disappointing.

This book is pitched as a story s
Kat (Bookish Blades)
longer review on my blog Kat from Minas Morgul

the good:
- Talia, I love her
- she doesn't take shit and gives you her opinion especially when you're being a dick
- the queerness of it all
- so queer
- the atmosphere, I could FEEL it, nice warm Canadian summer
- Toronto Pride
- Paige omg, I swear she is the wisest of them all despite being 10 years old
- and she reads Magnus Chase
- the focus on family
- I LOVE family
- cool old lesbians

the bad:
- Mark?? for msot of the book
- such a douchebag
A downside to reviewing for me is that I often feel like I'm only allowed to dislike a book if I have a good reason for it. But the reality is, reviewing is subjective, and sometimes you just won't click with a book. I'll do my best to explain my thoughts, but overall this book just didn't work for me, for no particular reason other than the book and I just didn't click.

In theory, I would have loved this book. I love books about family, and here, the family is forced to come together after the d
Monte Price
Seeing as publication of this book has been pushed back a year, I'm just gonna keep my review saved in Google Docs until we get a little closer to publication again. ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
The death of their grandfather forces a rather uncomfortable family reunion between Mark and Talia's families, but results in renewed and new found friendships, as well as some exploration and discoveries about themselves.

Mark and Talia were like night and day, so different from each other, but they both were part of the LGBTQ community, and both desperately wanted to attend Pride in Toronto. Mark wanted to go, meet boys, and have a good time. While Talia needed to find out where she stood with
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-lit
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

When I first started looking up 2020 book releases, this book was one of the first ones I saw, and I immediately gravitated toward it. A YA contemporary in which two queer teens set off on an epic summer road trip bound toward Pride? This sounded exactly like the kind of queer novel I’ve always wanted to exist, plus an indie movie that I would instantly watch. So I was immensely thrilled when I got the oppor
Megan ♡
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a really cute book about family and finding yourself. I didn't like Mark at all - he acting like such a dickhead for most of it, and yeah, he redeemed himself at the end, but it was painful to make myself read. I loved how gay it was. I loved Paige and Talia. I also really loved the settings - I#ve never been to Canada but I've always wanted to go. When You Get the Chance was a really fast and sweet read that I would recommend to people who want good representation of queer thi
The Bookish Life of Laura
DNF at page 30

Immediately had a very strong dislike for both the main characters and couldn’t get passed s few chapters. So sad, I was really looking forward to this one 😭
May 17, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars for Mark little sister Paige, Talia and Mark were annoying.
Greyson | Use Your Words
This is a great starting point for young readers looking to either learn about the queer experience through books or are queer themselves and looking to see themselves in the books they read.

It's filled with pride and love and it's light and funny.

My only issue was that I really did not like Mark for most of the book but that might have been more of a personal issue than anything else. He just pushed too many of my buttons and he's quiet self-centred and lazy. It was infuriating to read about
Nov 09, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I am honestly living for this cover
*heart eyes*
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, in-english, earc
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review!

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED When you get the chance! This book is funny, cute and an immersive and quick read!! I basically devoured it!

Mark is seventeen, gay and lives in Halifax. He's an athlete and a bit self-absorbed, thinking about having fun and avoid responsibilities. Talia is queer, she's lives in Victoria and she's stubborn and a social justice warrior (sometimes she could be a bit annoying, but I love her passion and strengt
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Tom Ryan is the author of several books for young readers. His YA thriller KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF was the recipient of the 2020 ITW Thriller Award for best YA thriller and the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for best YA mystery. Three of Tom's novels have been chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, and he was a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction. Tom, his husband, and their dog currently divide t ...more

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