Hellooooo everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely Tuesday and tomorrow is Halloween ah👻 I received an ARC of Odd One Out By Nic Stone in exchange for an honest review, enjoy!
Trigger Warnings: Biphobia, Homophobia, Slurs,
Does Include: Sex
Title: Odd One Out
Author: Nic Stone
Pages: 320 pgs
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA, LGBTQ
Publish Date: October 9, 2018
Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.
Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .
No easy answers.
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When I first received an ARC for an honest review I was ecstatic, especially for a Nic Stone novel because I enjoyed her previous book, Dear Martin. But of course, they are two different books written with different plots, so my opinion is different for both.
The novel takes place in Georgia, USA with it being written in three main characters point of views. Rae, a 15 year old Irish and East Asian girl who is the new girl at school who quickly befriends Jupiter.
Courtney/Cooper, a black male cheerleader who is bestfriends with Jupiter and has romatic feelings for her despite Jupiter being lesbian.
Jupiter being lesbian doesn’t stop Cooper from trying to pursue her though and doesn’t take no for an answer (again, very wrong. No means no and here is another reason this book made me uncomfortable).
and Juper/Jupiter, a Latinx/black lesbian who is bestfriends with Cooper. She does have mixed feelings about her sexuality and often questions if she’s lesbian or bisexual. At one point, there is a scene where bisexuals are seen as the typical “Bisexual girls always end up being with a man so why should I attempt to be with one?” narrative which me VERY annoyed being a bisexual girl and having to read that scene.
As a reminder: Bisexuality is a spectrum, so not every Bisexual is bound to be with the opposite gender and that doesn’t erasure their sexuality either. The amount of bisexuality erasure just hurt me. I personally wouldn’t recommend this book to any fellow LGBTQ friends because the lack of proper representation.
The point of views seems a bit childish at times, but the way Nic writes the dialogue of each character makes it feel so realistic.
Cooper, Jupiter and Rae do become a love triangle which I’m a sucker for but each of the characters were begging for each other or other characters outside of the love triangle. It just seemed too childish for my liking.
One of the first scenes starts out with one of the main characters sexualizing his best friend which I later I realized it can be a potential foreshadowing of the entire book to tell us it will be a bunch of horny teenagers.
Right way I was excited about the Latina & Lesbian rep (I’m both Latina and Bisexual so this warmed my heart). This novel has a diverse cast, but the way Nic Stone delivers the exploration of teenagers was very disappointing for me.
I’d like to mention there were a few issues that didn’t fit right for me in Odd One Out…..for instance, the uncomfortable and unhealthy age gap of relationships in the book.
The relationship between a 15 year old girl named Rae and 18 year old guy, Cooper (which is illegal in most states even where I live). Also another character who was 16 almost 17 that had sex with a woman in her 20’s.
Although, this novel is based on self discovery and sort of a realistic take on what youth still face today it doesn’t excuse the amount of misrepresentation and the way it was delivered. I’m disappointed on the amount of hype and expectations I had for this book because the unhealthy age gaps made me quite bitter.
No matter the context, this age gaps is pretty unexceptionable to me personally and I’m still disturbed. Each scene with these characters scenes made me SUPER uncomfortable and was even difficult for me to continue reading.
Overall, I was always fond of Nic Stone’s writing style and how multidimensional characters they can be. We see many flaws in the characters which adds to the realistic and relatable they are. I enjoyed it, but wouldn’t re-read it or recommend this as my favorite LGBTQ YA book.
My rating….3.0/5 stars
About The Author
Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.
You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her adorable little family on most social media platforms.
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