Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Date Me, Bryson Keller! by Kevin van Whye








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 really dated before.

Until a boy asks him out, and everything changes.

Kai Sheridan didn't expect Bryson to say yes. So when Bryson agrees to secretly go out with him, Kai is thrown for a loop. But as the days go by, he discovers there's more to Bryson beneath the surface, and dating him begins to feel less like an act and more like the real thing. Kai knows how the story of a gay boy liking someone straight ends. With his heart on the line, he's awkwardly trying to navigate senior year at school, at home, and in the closet, all while grappling with the fact that this "relationship" will last only five days. After all, Bryson Keller is popular, good-looking, and straight . . . right?

Kevin van Whye delivers an uplifting and poignant coming-out love story that will have readers rooting for these two teens to share their hearts with the world--and with each other.



My Rating - 5 Stars!


Date Me Bryson Keller is a cute young adult romance, but it's also a beautiful story. 

It involves some of the typical teen things, such as friends making bets, closeted teens, and caddy, forceful girls. 

Overall, Bryson and Kai get to know each other as they work on a school project together. What follows is a beautifully natural friendship that develops seamlessly, and then evolves into more.

Kai's a lovable character, who's tired of being closeted and living in the shadows. Meanwhile Bryson is a boy going through a sexual awakening, suddenly realizing he might be gay. They are super cute together, as they struggle with their feelings and making a move. My heart warms at some of the moments, such as the feelings involved by just holding hands.

The author does a wonderful job illustrating the fear of being openly gay in high school versus remaining closeted and always hiding and lying in fear. 


As well, the author delivers with some fantastic secondary characters. Holy crap, I can't praise Yazz enough. She's such a spitfire and so darn brilliant.

"You deserve to be happy. You deserve to love and be loved.
"


My favorite moment is that of ahhh, the freedom of being true to oneself and living openly. That amazing feeling of living life for ones' self rather than for others. 

Date Me, Bryson Keller!
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s a sweet, tender, and romantic story with all the feels of first love. It's perfect for anyone in the mood for an easy-going young adult romance. 


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