E and humor The jokes and sarcasm ly back and orth non stop but you can see the love and care underneath it all Listen to how Mike describes Cam part of Cam s special brand of charm is the screwed up mystery meat that masuerades as his brain Their chemistry propelled this story along Matka alkaa (Etsijät from school to band practices to parties Youeel included In the gang in the trouble and in the laughs From music debates to Strange Star fanny packs You never know where their shenanigans will take them Then we have Rook WallaceRook What a name Isn t it the perfect arch nemesis name D Wallace and Mike have a sorted past Wallace used to beat Mike up after baseball every chance he got when they were kids Mike hates Rook Or does he Wallace s smile confidence broad shoulders and curls begin to make Mike nervous sweaty and Wait Is Mike gay Bi He s suddenlyreaking out Confused and scared How can he be attracted to his arch nemesis Ms Goslee balances this coming out story with humor and heart perfectly Tears to laughs to attraction Wallace leans in again tilts their Too Big for Diapers (Sesame Street) foreheads together and breaths Mike caneel the rapid trip skip of Wallace s pulse against his thumb Trip skip I love that Wallace and Mike have heat Serious heat Ms Goslee knows how to capture tension on the page I love her tone and style She puts a lot in this little book We have realistic guydude talk obvious bonds of Seven Nights to Forever friendship and history humor and a sweet possible romance brewing away Her words and voices are simple sincere and beautiful in a real world way Like this description of a snowstorm hushed pings of snowflakes on snowflakes as theyill up the ground or this very distinctive odor of weed and broken hobo dreams LOL This book introduces a voice that will make your heart remember smile and ache The emotion sneaks right up on you One minute you re calling Mike a doofus and the next you re rooting or him to open up his heart and go or it Whatever is a winner A read with huge heart and characters you ll want of I wonder what Mike and the crew are up to tonight Is it too soon to beg or a senior year Recommended readuotes taken rom ARC I guess it was only a matter of time before the high school stoner comedy genre got a little depth SJ Goslee s Whatever is just like your Carvalho und die Meere des Südens favorite pothead it makes you laugh and roll your eyes sometimes you get a littlerustrated but in the end you enjoy spending time with it and even think it s pretty sweetMike Tate is about to start his junior year of high school He has a great group of The Science of Single: One Woman's Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding L ove friends with whom he plays music in a crappy band drinks beer watches one of them attempt one crazy stunt after another and spends a lot of time getting stoned He s known his girlfriend Lisaor a long time and she s like his best Sarah Conley friend than his girlfriend a lot of the time So what if he doesn t know what to do with her boobs But still he s totally surprised when she breaks up with him and says they were never really dating anyway and he s even surprised when she tells him why she broke up with himSuddenly Mikeinds himself in completely new territory He s not sure about what he s Ninja Slice feeling or how hisriends and Inbox family will react Because Lisa has suckered him into runningor vice president of his class he s now in the midst of student government and even worse homecoming He s even been nominated to the homecoming court Why can t things just go back to normal And importantly why is Rook Wallace who terrorized him when they were younger suddenly smiling at him all the time Is he trying to subdue him so he can attack him when he least expects it Whatever is about coming to terms with who you are or perhaps the irst time in your life which may A Touch of Gold feel uncomfortable or strange It s aboutriendship infatuation confusion man crushes ear and love as well as a healthy dose of mischief
And Stupid Stunts And It stupid stunts And it about saying the things you want to say even if you re afraid to even if not everyone will like what you have to sayI enjoyed this book a lot and thought it was sweet and unny and thought provoking Although I liked Mike s character and thought that he had a good heart at times he Hunch: Turn Your Everyday Insights Into the Next Big Thing frustrated me because of the things he didn t say as well as some of the things he said and did but I know so many of his actions were realistic While there isn t much surprising in this book there were aew things I thought might happen but they didn t it s still a tremendously appealing story and it definitely took me back to my high school days where un confusion and insecurity reigned euallyGoslee really captured the teenage voice well particularly those of teenage boys This book is just another example of how ar YA Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope and Laughter fiction has come since I was young there really wasn t any beyond The Hardy Boys back then and how much the world has changedor the betterSee all of my reviews at Short version I loved this It s adorable heartfelt laugh out loud Az éltető étkek arany szutrája funny andrighteningly relatable The internal and external conflicts the MC aces with adorable heartfelt laugh out loud unny and righteningly relatable The internal and external conflicts the MC aces with to coming out were beautifully and accurately rendered and the romance depicted is swoony and so so shippable And the MAKEOUTS The makeouts arefans self Totally recommended 45 starsSo much uirky good Appetite fun I adored this If you like your MCs uirky and kinda clueless you re going to love Mike I was smiling through most of thisollowing along with him as he comes to terms with the act that he s bi deals with a myriad of odd riendships comes out and realizes on an unlikely crush This is YA but on the older end of YA where the characters are doing things like drinking smoking pot and being horny a lot of the time Kinda like I remember high school At the same time the romance was really uite sweet I just had one little issue on the romance sideview spoilerI Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 Recipes, Menus, Meal Planning, Techniques, Buying felt that the love interest really needed to apologize properlyor his past behaviour to Mike hide spoiler This story Pure Grit felt a bit like a modern day interpretation of a John Hughes movie but with the protagonist coming to terms with hiseelings Apple-Picking Day! for guys And specifically with those surrounding his long sworn enemy The constant humor of the story was off the charts epic however there is a lot of internal dialogue which Iound simultaneously charming and a bit tediousI didn t dare skip a word because or the most part it all did actually add to the story but just didn t low along uite as uickly or smoothly as I d have likedBut Mike s character was written amazingly true to age with tons of insecurities and confusion which we ve all experienced during our high school yearsI enjoyed the story immensely mainly due to the Ajax is All About Attack funny situations and well developed MC but didn t really get than a surface deep sense of several of the side characters including the secondary main characterThis was also not a sexy or overly romantic read as those aspects mostly consisted of one short back seat groping session and lots of internal pining and processingeelings internallyAnd even though the story ends with only the most tentative of HFN s I d still recommend the book pretty highly and rate it at 4 stars. Inds out why Lisa dumped him it blows his mind And worse he gets elected to homecoming courtWith a standout voice a hilariously honest view on sex and sexuality and enough America the Philosophical f bombs to make your mom blush this debut YA novel is aresh modern take on the coming out story. .
Shake the The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North feeling that if it hadn t happened maybe Omar would still be talking to him Christ he hates himself You had oh Jesus Lisa says He can hear a hint of horrified amusement in her toneAt this point Lisa was just completely annoying She s controlling of Mike in a way that sheorces him to do anything he wants and he does and than once he admits himself he lets her get away with it But that s not what we re discussing here Anyways two pages later we have Dotty narrows her eyes Wait Mo leans orward hands gripping the edge of the table and hisses You and Rook No way seriously Lenny sueals She sounds delighted She sounds like all her dreams have come true because she s clearly demented Mike buries his head in his arms I don t want to talk about it Too bad you totally have to talk about it Lenny says Or we could just ask Rook Mike jerks upright No Dotty grins evilly He seriously hates cheerleadersI don t even know what to say I m actually laughing We have a bunch of girls pushing a bisexual character into sharing personal details of his life with the guy he s dating As if it wasn t bad enough we re talking about his sex life And no they don t ever get called out on their disgusting etish Neither does Lisa as she is in The Northman's Bride fact one of Mike s bestriendsThis book has many other issues bad writing no plot main character leaving his love interest so his homophobic Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam friends wouldn t get hurt by seeing them together etc but honestly if they were the only ones I d never even bother with a review But the constant homophobia girlsetishizing the two boys without ever getting called out and the author herself Cherry Bomb fetishizing them in the explicit scenes made me too uncomfortable to simply let it go It sends a wrong message that it is okayor girls to do this very same thing and it s not Women Leading the Way fetishizing mlm content will never be okay just as much as menetishizing wlw never will either It saddens me that this still needs to be said in 2017 It s 4am and I read this book in only 6 or 7 hours and I m sure this review is all over the place but I m disappointed to say the least 45 starsscreams because this was probably the cutest thing i ve ever read and i m pretty sure i smiled the whole way throughthere was just so much i loved about this mike cam wallace serge jason jj etc and yes i did just name pretty much every character in the book but what the hell i adored them all the writing was great the plot was entertaining it was unny in all the right places and i had so much un reading this oneit s definitely not perfect there s some bisexual erasure and i didn t like how the author wrote lisa and her attitude towards mike mike s relationships buuuut i did love it a whole lot anyway once i got past those two things 1st read october 20162nd read march 2017 Whatever by SJ Goslee is a hilarious and honest YA coming out story and it s in many ways unlike anything I ve ever read before It s not a romance by any usual standards but it can be painfully romantic and endearing at times It s a heart warming story with so many laugh out loud moments and unparalleled honesty in dealing with subjects like self discovery bisexuality and coming of ageOur protagonist Mike Tate is so easy to The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace fall in love with despite or because of his many shortcomings He drinks he smokes weed he challenges hisriends to do insane things He is really a When Red Cried Wolf fairly typical and pretty obnoxious 16 year old boy with wild hormones and plenty of time on his hands At the same time though we see him caringor his 6 year old sister being secretly and sort of reluctantly kind to his riends and putting himself into danger to save a younger boy rom a sure beating Even when he s being insufferable which is often there is such potential shining in Mike that it s easy to imagine him becoming a wonderful adult That being said teenage Mike is often kind of an idiot prone to lashing out when he s hurt or when he s The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing feeling insecure Even though this isn t a romance there is a clear romantic interest albeit one that Mike has a hard time processing Through Mike s relationship with Wallace Goslee shows us that we never know what happens inside a person The relationship was built realistically and brilliantly which can also be said about other relationships in this bookThis is a story that teaches usirst and Song of the Forest foremost about the process of coming out and how intensely personal it isor everyone Even when someone isn t exposed to homophobia even when judgment rom riends and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena family isn torthcoming they have a right to choose their own pace and come out or not come out when and how they see it Mike uncovers his own sexual identity slowly and reluctantly preferring to not make waves His mom is completely accepting his hilarious grandmother has her own way of dealing with things his riends are mostly open but Mike just isn t ready to Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights face things It should also be said that homophobia sometimes comesrom completely unexpected directions Preparing yourself Still Life with Chickens for this careful and slow process isn t a small matter at all Weollow Mike as he learns new things about himself and slowly Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea finds hisooting His journey is poignant honest and Paradox Bound funny painful at times but so worth it in the end I loved every second of this book and I was so very gratefulor its honesty and its authentic voice Hopefully we won t have to wait too long or Goslee s next novel 45 StarsI can t decide if I want to smack Mike Tate upside the head or hug him tight Maybe both Mike s school year is shaping up to be a real clusterf cough Sorry Let s break it down His girlfriend Lisa just dumped him even though according to her they weren t really dating anyway Ouch Somehow he s gotten himself roped into school politics intramural baseball and homecoming Whatever It s junior year
yeah Mike be into guys too He might even be alling STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare for his arch nemesis That s the way Mike s cookies have been crumbling DI m not sure how Iell or Mike but I did Hard This knucklehead slacks off stays out late drinks until he blacks out and is absolutely clueless most days I mean the kind of clueless that calls a past hookup or advice "before going on a date with another guy smacks Mike upside "going on a date with another guy smacks Mike upside head But he won me over Mike s voice is real raw and Powerful You Ll Know You ll know guy He could sit next to you in homeroom Walk by you in the halls Or remind you of someone Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays from your past Mike says and does ridiculous things but his heart is always beating away in the right place He killed me The time he shares with his little sister could be the most adorable real life big brother moments in YA Come on Mike You know you love buildingorts just as much as Rosie Haha And his Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All friends Mike s group of tight knitriends What a Lass Wants felt like aamily You will Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived feel it in every stupid stunt shove and word said or unsaid between them I adored the whole gangMeckles Cam Omar Jason and Lisaormed a Mexican Hooker family They ve grown up together Seen each other through good hard and embarrassing times Their history is evident in everything they do They move and talk with eas. Cuse to drink cheap beer Rook Wallace is the devil The Lemonheads rock And his girlfriend Lisa is the coolest Then Lisa breaks up with him which makes Mike only a little sad because they'll stayriends and he never knew what to do with her boobs anyway But when Mike ,oh yeah mike
I absolutely love it when books surprise me This is a book that definitely surprised me in the best possible way Admittedly when I The League for the Suppression of Celery first started reading I had my doubts We reirst introduced to Mike as he s coming out of a stoned stupor after partying with his bros He had that dude voice that while authentic drives me completely nuts and I was ready to give up right then and there But I decided to keep going and I am so glad that I did Mike never really loses his dude voice but The Thirteen-Gun Salute for some reason he makes it wildly endearing In addition to this the relationships he has with his mom his little sister hisriends his ex girlfriend and the burgeoning attraction between him and the love interest no spoilers are extraordinary and so wholly real that each interaction while seemingly laid back oozes with meaning and authenticity I also loved the way that Goslee handles Mike s discovery of his sexuality There is a lot of confusion emotion and Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery frustration but at the same time it doesn teel overly dramatic but rather uite unny as Mike provides hilarious asides as he justifies his appreciative eye or the male The Day Fidel Died form Additionally Goslee is never insensitive in her depiction of Mike s self discovery but rather she provides an excellent balance of humor AND heart making this a great choiceor teens who may have uestions of their own I can definitely continue to sing the praises of this delightful debut but one of the most important things that stuck me about this book is that it is an absolutely spectacular dude book and there really aren t enough spectacular dude books out there Can t wait to see what this author comes up with next Bahahaha seriously this bookGreat humor Great characters And great storyMike is not the uintessential 16 yo soon 17 Yes he spends time with his riends and yes he does A LOT of stupid things But he also spends a lot of time with his baby sister Rosie and he is actually sort of thoughtfulMike has been dating Lisa or uite some time he s in a band with his best riends and he has an archenemy who used to beat him up after baseballMike works at his uncle s cheese shop and is trying to be in school with the least amount of work He is not stupid but he is lazy and all over the placeMike s mother is an author of children s books and she gives Mike and Rosie a lot of leeway but is there or Mike when he Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge fucks upThen Lisa breaks up with him but they stayriends And when Lisa decides she needs to be a well rounded character The Outlaw and the Upstart King for college applications she blackmails Mike into running along with her Her blackmail material Mike had a PROPER snogging episode with JJ a guyrom another schoolWhat ollows is Mike s awakening both in regards to himself but also in regards to riends and Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War familyI can t imagine coming out is easy but this book takes great care with the subject Yes Mike is totally confused and yes he should have opened his mouth in aew situations but he is a 16 17 yo guy who drinks and smokes too much weed And even though there are things he doesn t care about there are things he cares a great deal about like his riends who have been there his whole lifeRook was a great character I thought he did the whole jock deal and in the closetbut not thing great justice Also he was FREAKING adorable at timesI was laughing and snorting and chuckling throughout this book It was so SO unny and I adored ALL of the characters most were batshit CRAZY If I could change two things it would be a proper apology Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul from Rookor the shit he pulled years back AND an epilogue 15 years Concrete And Wild Carrot from now telling me that Mike and Rook were going strong I know I know they re young and blah blah blah But I had ariend in 9th grade who s still with her boyfriend Speak Through the Wind from then so let me have my dreamsA definite re reador me This whole review will be Stories for a Teen's Heart filled with spoilers and boy oh boy do I have a lot to say This book is extremely biphobic homophobic and it silled with girls etishizing the main character and his love interest That s not even my problem The thing is none of these things gets called out ever Instead of wasting my time explaining everything let s just jump into some lines rom the actual book shall weLisa says You need to be my running mate Mike laughs You re on crack no way am I running or vice president he says You have to she says We can sell you as gay it ll be edgy This one is right rom the beginning where Lisa is uite aware Mike isn t straight and continuously pushes him into coming out so it ll help her and her campaign when he s confused himself and hasn t even stopped to think about his sexuality once You and the little sausage man remember She crosses her arms over her chest smug Last month at Cam s end of the summer blowout Full on making out with Tongues And Hands In and hands in places Her eyes go hazy and she licks her lips GrossThis is rom the very next page where Mike tells her he is not gay and she keeps on pushing him throwing on his ace that he made out with a guy at a party when he was drunk Needless to say how gross she is with her hazy eyes and lips licking I m in the running or Homecoming King Mike says Yeah that s a little weird You think Mike inally inds his bike but it s under a couple
perched boxes can t remember the last time he s used it Lisa says You could run or ueen but I don t think you re ready The Vagabonds for that Isn t Lisa sounny Why are we even The Gilgul of Park Avenue friends Mike knocks over what looks like pretty much every kitchen gadget in creation trying to unearth the bike He kicks boxes aside in a huff he s going to be lateor work Because I let you see my boobs That s a lie Mike says walking his bike out into the dying afternoon light Touch them yes butprecariously perched boxes
Mike Has Never Everhas never ever allowed to see Lisa s boobs even when they were dating Oh that s right because it would ve been a waste I love this bisexuality erasure Your mother tells me you re ueer now She did not Mike says horrified He slumps back against the wall palms catching at the slightly textured wallpaper His knees The Last of the Renshai feel weak She used the term bisexual she narrows her eyes but no grandson of mine is going to be indecisive I don t think that means I m in Michael Allan Tate Nana says Mike swallows hard Maybe he shouldn t be concentrating on terminology now since his seventyive year old grandmother is confronting him about his sexual preferences He brings a shaky hand up to rub his dry lower lip Yes ma am She clasps her hands in Even Eagles Need a Push: Learning to Soar in a Changing World front of her chest and says Are you or are you not gay I could move past this scene given that she is old and grew up with different values bla bla bla but then in the next page she outs him to the entireamily Of course I m not harassing Michael Allison He s just being ridiculously closemouthed about his boyfriend Because according to her and I uote You don t decide to be gay without a boy that s just poor planning Later on around the inal chapters we have yet two scenes where girls etishize over Mike and Wallace We had sex in his car and then went or ice cream It s still awesome in retrospect but he can It's like the apocalypse came only instead of nuclear bombs and zombies Mike gets school participation gay thoughts and mother effin' cheerleadersJunior year is about to start Here's what Mike Tate knowsHis riends are awesome and their crappy garage band is a great ex. ,