I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

Disclaimer: I bought this book after I met the author and they signed it for me. Thank you Mason! All opinions are my own.

Book: I Wish You All The Best

Author: Mason Deaver

Book Series: I Wish You All The Best Book 1

Diversity: Non-binary rep, Own voice, Korean side character, Black male love interest, Muslim side character

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: young adults, contemporary, coming out, non-supportive parents, found family, romance

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: PUSH

Pages: 336

Recommended Age: 14+ (Coming out, Being kicked out, Homophobia, Transphobia, Underage alcohol usage, Mentions of hijabi pulling, HP mentioned and JKR mentioned in acknowledgements, romance)

Explanation of CWs: There are passages of homophobic and transphobic remarks made by the MCs father. There is one hijabi pulling mentioned very briefly. There is one Harry Potter reference in the story and JKR is mentioned in the acknowledgements in the very back of the book. This is also a romance story and there are some romantic scenes, but nothing graphic or sexual.

Synopsis: When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

Review: I completely fell in love with this book. I really love the story and from the first page I instantly loved Ben and they are forever my favorite cinnamon roll character LOL. I loved the plot and the writing is so well done. I also really liked the character development and the world building as well.

The only thing that I really have for critique of this book is that sometimes the book would jump a few weeks or so and it wasn’t really made that obvious in the writing. You quickly catch on, but it was only a little annoying.

Verdict: a very well done book and I highly recommend it.