Let’s get back to the party by Zak Salih

Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Let’s Get Back to the Party

Author: Zak Salih

Book Series: Standalone

Diversity: Gay MC and other LGBT+

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: Memoirs, LGBT+

Publication Date: February 16, 2021

Publisher: Algonquin

Pages: 288

Recommended Age: 18+ (Sexual content, Language, Depression)

Synopsis: What Does It Mean to Be a Gay Man Today?

It’s just weeks after the historic Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, and all Sebastian Mote wants is to settle down. A high school art history teacher, newly single and desperately lonely, he envies his queer students their freedom to live openly the youth he lost to fear and shame.  

So when he runs into his childhood friend Oscar Burnham at a wedding in Washington, D.C., he can’t help but see it as a second chance. Now thirty-five, the men haven’t seen each other in a decade. But Oscar has no interest in their shared history. Instead, he’s outraged by what he sees as the death of gay culture: bars overrun with bachelorette parties; friends getting married, having babies.

While Oscar and Sebastian struggle to find their place in a rapidly changing world, each is drawn into a cross-generational friendship that treads the line between envy and obsession: Sebastian with one of his students and Oscar with an older icon of the AIDS era. And as they collide again and again, both men must come reckon not just with one another, but with themselves.

Review: For the most part this was a good book. I like how it’s focused on the experiences of older gay man and I felt like this would be a relatable book for many people. The book also does well on character development and world building.

However, the book doesn’t really get deep and it seems to keep readers at a distance, which begs to question how relatable it could be if it doesn’t let people in. Both of the main characters are also very toxic and I’m not sure if that’s who people, especially people new to gay culture, should be reading about.

Verdict: It was good!

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