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.I Wish You All The Best Synopsis
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.
I Wish You All The Best, Mason Deaver’s debut novel promised so much and it delivered immensely. I really enjoyed how the traumatic coming out was placed at the beginning of the novel and the rest of the books focused on rebuilding. Throughout I just wanted to hug Ben and tell them that everything was going to be okay. I love that from the moment they are picked up everyone around Ben endeavours to support them.
The romance in this book is a beautiful friend to lovers story, at a slow pace and navigating multiple troubles. What really makes this book shine is the thoughtful and touching way that it deals with recovering trauma. We watch as Ben slowly tries to recover from various things, and how deeply trauma has impacted their life. The way the anxiety can be activated at the strangest things.
I even liked how Hannah, wasn’t the perfect ally, she pushed too hard at times but it all came from love. This was just such an authentic and real book I loved every second of it.
I give it 6 out of 5 stars (What do you mean I can’t do that?)
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