Title: Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked
Author: S.J. Goslee
Good things about this book: The main character is adorable.
Bad things about this book: Unnecessary sexism, ugh!!
Do I recommend it? Yes, flaws aside it’s really cute.
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“Lord knows why I find you attractive, Michael, when you generally smell like weed and broken hobo dreams, but I’ll give you five gold stars for your kissing technique.”
Mike is freaking out. The girl he thought was his girlfriend dumped him, he made out with a guy while drunk at a party and now he is analyzing every single not so very straight thought he’s had until that moment. Apparently it wasn’t a chaste kiss but a full make out session with lot of tongue and hands in special places. Mike is definitely different than he was before.
Mike is like lots of teenagers. He is in a band with his best friends, he smokes weed, is quite popular, has a nemesis and makes mistakes. He has an epiphany. What if what his ex girlfriend, Lisa, said it’s true and he really is into guys? What is he going to do now? He has to know for sure, not ignore this revelation because it’s his life and he has to live it being his true self.
“Do you not remember flirting with that guy at the Lot? Or the way you stare at Zack’s ass, like, all the time?”
“You lie, I do not.”
Well, it won’t be easy, that’s for sure! He makes some bad decisions. I kind of wanted to slap him a little bit for not doing what he was supposed to do, resulting in some people getting hurt because of him. One person in particular, one person I truly like. I, of course, wanted everything to go smoothly and, of course, it wasn’t like that. Still the story proceeded fast and, frustration feelings aside, it was a cute and fluffy story about a guy finding out the truth about himself and figuring out what to do with this new info. Will he get the boy he never thought could have feelings for him? Will his family and friends be cool about this new Mike?
“I’m thinking about bringing the fanny pack back,” he says.
“Of course you are.”
This book is short and it’s funny. There’s no denying that but it has flaws that I need to address, flaws that made me give this book less than I wanted to give it. The story for me, for my personal tastes, was a solid 5 stars but then I found quite a few episodes of sexism I didn’t like. Why the need to describe the blushing as something a virginal girl usually does? Why the need to associate feelings and the skip of a heartbeat because of happiness to feelings only a girl can have? Why is it viewed as a weakness or something to be embarrassed about being a girl? That’s not okay, not one bit and this has to stop.
Those frustrating parts aside, this little book was a nice surprise because it took a different kind of teenager from the ones I usually read and put him outside of his comfort zone without overdoing it. I also loved almost all the side characters. I loved how random they were; a weird assorted kind of gang. A good weird. If you feel like a light book with a nice ending then this is highly recommended. I’ve already re-read some passages because I found them really cute. That’s a good sign, right?