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Date Me, Bryson Keller

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,471 ratings  ·  2,042 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 re
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 19th 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Cristina I must say I'm not at all impressed by this. The story looks exactly like Seven Days and the so-called 'major differences' highlighted in the author…moreI must say I'm not at all impressed by this. The story looks exactly like Seven Days and the so-called 'major differences' highlighted in the author's post sound to me more like vague justifications to avoid the plagiarism trap. I might be wrong but given the premises, I strongly doubt I'll be interested to give this one a go...(less)
Annija To answer your question - yes, it's an enjoyable book if you're into light teen romance rather than deeply emotional masterpiece. It's an easily enjoy…moreTo answer your question - yes, it's an enjoyable book if you're into light teen romance rather than deeply emotional masterpiece. It's an easily enjoyable peace to read if you wish to relax and not think too much, but rather enjoy something cute and dreamy. If anything, liking this book is not a crime, but just your personal preference. :)(less)

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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.

EDIT: The author only provided justification after the comments called him out on being heavily inspired by SEVEN DAYS. This is still a hard no from me. The Japanese gay comics industry is riddled with issues, but you have no place as a Westerner to take this work and reclaim
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
Claudia Ramírez
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-ship-them, 2020
This book was ADORABLE.

First of all, I love the fake dating trope, so I was excited when I read the synopsis! And the book itself did not disappoint.

It's about this teenage boy, Kai, who is in the closet, he hasn't tell anybody that he's gay. Then there's this guy, Bryson Keller, who is very popular and is currently on a dare in which, each week, he has to date a different person. The most important rule is that the person has to ask Bryson to date them, and he has no choice but to agree.

This i
Removed my rating because this book was plagiarised
I would like to thank my friend MJspice for bringing this to my notice
the plot was stolen from the Japanese manga Seven days: Monday- Thursday"
But the author did not give enough credit to that Manga

I will leave some of the reviews which pointed this issue out:

TBH..I am disappointed
I had really enjoyed this book
It was gonna be o
☆ Todd
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This YA story was without a doubt one of the most fluffy, adorable, feel-good tales that I've read in the last year, and I completely fell in love with both Kai and Bryson.

Unlike the usual jock/nerd trope, Kai wasn't a brainy social pariah. He was just an average, awkward, mixed-race kid with dreams of becoming a writer.

Also, Kai wasn't initially all closet case swoony over Bryson. Instead, for years, he had been interested in one of Bryson's terminally-straight soccer teammates, Isaac.

So I neve
Lauren Lanz
I'm completely baffled. The writer of this book stole another author of colour (Tachibana Venio)'s unique prose from a manga called Seven Days and claimed it as his own without giving credit until he was called out for plagiarizing. He claimed this novel is "born from [his] own critique of the work," ??? If your intent was to critique an original, published, well loved story using it's exact creative concept, fan fiction is the route to go. I can't believe this book was published as an original ...more
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: mixed-race gay mc, mlm li, gay side character, Indian side character
tw: homophobia, bullying, fights, outing, another very public outing, unsupportive parents

ARC provided by the publisher. Review also on my blog.

In a word, in a phrase? It’s a preachy bulshit. If you’re looking for a light, cute gay romcom, you should keep looking. This book is not it.

The thing we can all agree on is that stories need angst to actually make sense. You can call it conflict or whatever else, but something in
Feb 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Are you fucking kidding me?! This is basically plagiarism, how does stuff like this even get published?

UPDATE: so this review started getting attention and it reminded me of the existence of this book and that just brought back all the rage
Also I made the mistake of reading the author’s review and just the bullshit excuses made me want to scrub my eyes clean

First of all, there is a difference between being inspired by a story you read and shamelessly ripping it off and this falls in the latter c
Sahil Javed
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Date Me, Bryson Keller is a contemporary upbeat and heartfelt gay romance. At Fairvale Academy, there’s a dare. Each week, Bryson Keller must date someone new, the first person to ask him out on a Monday morning. Not many people think he can do it, but Bryson has been consistent with the dare. That is, until a boy asks him out, and everything changes.

This book made me realise just how much we need cute gay contemporary romances. We need so many more books like this and I’m so glad we’re finally
man are we ripping off manga now. sorry but this is literally seven days by takarai rihito. even the synopsis sounds the same
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oh man. i wanted to like this so bad. i set aside at least five other books in order to get to this one immediately. of course, i realize now that the plot seems to be taken from a japanese manga—and i am not a connoisseur of japanese manga, so i can't speak to their similarities. what i do know that it was a massive, unbelievable disappointment.

date me, bryson keller is about kai, who's gay, but closeted. in a funny turn of events he ends up in a fake-dating pact with bryson keller, one of the
Larry H
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This adorable, good-hearted debut novel by Kevin van Whye totally hit the spot! It was the perfect antidote for all of the heaviness and emotion I've been experiencing lately.

Bryson Keller is captain of the soccer team at Fairvale Academy and the most popular guy in the senior class. He’s never really dated anyone because he isn’t sure he believes in love, and he's afraid of hurting people.

One night at a party his classmates come up with a dare: he has to date the first person who asks him out e
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
3.5 rounded up to a 4 bc this was VERY FUN. It was the perfect mix of light hearted fun and sassy drama and honestly it was exactly what I was in the mood for. Highly recommend if you want to read something that is the best kind of fluffy YA rom-com.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
Cute, awkward, full review to come
C.G. Drews
This book just asked you on a date for soft warm cinnamon waffles and told you that you're doing your best. 🥺 It's a soft one, peoples!! It's got: fake-dating, sexuality questioning, coming out when your family is religious, being mixed-race in a mostly-white highschool, and all the super cuuuute dating tropes your heart could want. Kai is the most adorable blushing disaster gay who spends like 10mins looking at a text with a kissy emoji from his crush and being like "THAT WAS PROBABLY AN ACCIDE ...more
3 ¾ stars

“But what does normal even mean? Who decided that? And why are gay teens still forced to keep secrets and live double lives?”

It seems I'm not an Ice Queen after all...this book melted my heart.
Date Me, Bryson Keller is an incredibly sweet and thoughtful YA romance that can be easily read in one sitting. Before I move onto my actual review however I wanted to address some of the bad rep this book has been getting. Some reviewers (who haven't even read it) are insinuating that this boo
5 Stars

This was a read-in-one-night kind of book—which are far and few between for me these days, and subsequently deserves all the stars for entertaining me so completely.

I absolutely adored and devoured this sweet, funny and heart-warming LGBT themed YA book. Featuring relatable characters and telling a fun and romantic, but also very poignant and relative story, Kevin van Whye has delivered a wonderfully memorable debut here—one that might just take the cake as my favourite YA release of the
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Where's the com in this romcom?

I was waiting for it. I wanted it. But not one chuckle did I have.

Ironic since this story bursting at the seams with social justice issues one of which being how queer kids never get the romcoms, HEAs and the like, instead being relegated to the funny friend or killed off. So I was surprised that not only was Date Me, Bryson Keller not funny but Kai, our protagonist, was put through the gauntlet.

Don't get me wrong the relationship between Bryson and Kai is sweet an
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Ohhh this sounds exactly like my kind of book!
A dare and two guys dating?
For only a week and they begin to like each other?
I'm so here for this!!!

Why is May still so far away?!
(I swear I didn't mean to rhyme again! It's totally coincidental. It just... happens. *lol*)
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
Awkward and adorable, I loved this couple so much!
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.25/5 Stars

Trigger warnings for homophobia, bullying, a character being outed

Full review HERE

This was such a heartwarming and fluffy read, it's definitely the feel-good book I needed right now and I'm so glad to have read it!

The premise was quite fun and interesting, but what really did it for me were the two main characters, Bryson and Kai. I just liked them so much! Even though this book take
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

It’s all so unfair:
because you’re so-called different,
you need to stand up
and say that you’re so-called different.
What makes everyone else normal?
Who gets to decide that?

Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Bryson Keller thinks dating in high school is stupid. So a bet is placed.
Bryson will date for three months,
each week it’s a new person
and it only lasts from Monday to Friday.
No attachments. No touching.
He will date the first person who asks him out. He can’t ask himself.
Everything seems fine until Kai com
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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If you know me you are aware that I’m not much of a television watcher. Especially since the invention of subscription services - mainly because I’m terrified that I might become one of these people . . . .

At this point in quarantine I’m finding myself easily getting through a book in a day and since I am an old lady my eyeballs be B.U.R.N.I.N.G. and begging for a reprieve. Now comes dilemma #2 – the husband and I have remained (f
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-read, 4-star
19 June 2020

You know you spent your time wisely when the book you've just finished makes your whole body grin.
Also, Bryson is on the sweetheart boys list with Nathan from I Wish You All The Best.

At every 10 percent I needed to post how this is the softest shit ever, that I'll die from softness and I'm too sigle for this. If that hasn't convinced you to pick this up, I don't know what will.

I have to tell you, I hesitated to pick this up despite being one of my most anticipated reads, because I sa
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
So cute and heartwarming! From the start, I loved Kai's character. He's gay but he hasn't told anyone that he's gay. Bryson Keller is roped into a dare where he has to date a new person every week or else he has to take the bus to school for the rest of the year. In the spur of the moment, Kai asks Bryson out to be his boyfriend for the week and Bryson says yes. Bryson has only ever dated girls, so he's not sure whether he likes boys too. The way Kai and Bryson are friends first was so adorable ...more
A charming and upbeat debut by an author I hope to see more of.

From the blurb:

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 really dated before. Until a boy asks him out, and everything changes.

That brave boy who does the asking is the POV character, Kai Sheridan. And it wasn’t actually bravery on his part, just an impulsive (and
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Apr 01, 2020 marked it as not-released-tbr
the fact that this isn't in my hands right now makes me very sad

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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt-books, july-2020
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases, 2020
"It was real then. And it's real now. I wish you were here."

I thought I was so over with all these cheesy YA romances but look at me now!!

The story all started with a dare to Bryson Keller, famous star athlete at Fairvale Academy. According to the dare he has to date the first person who asks him out every Monday morning until Friday. In short, different person every week. What happens when a guy named Kai Sheridan asks him out?

Basically nothing new just cute and swoon worthy romance. Two te
Brenda Waworga
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Dawwwww.... that was so cute!!! if you love Simon And The Homosapiens Agenda or Heartstopper.. THIS BOOK IS JUST FOR YOU!

It's a coming of age #Ownvoice book about Kai Sheridan, a gay boy who are affraid and feel insecure for his sexuality then someday he "accidently" date Bryson Keller.. the high school "IT" boy aka The most Popular, handsome captain sport team boy as part of his weekly dating dare.. so it's like a fake date trope thingy

It was fun and light and make me happy while reading this t
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