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Not liking this book would be like not liking a puppy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-2020

TJ Klune always makes me laugh but usually also kicks me in the soft spots a few times so I tend to approach his books with a mixture of love and trepidation. This book is a little different to the rest because it is mostly just... sweet. And funny. Really funny. I’d say it’s a slice of life love story, free from improbable misunderstandings, abusive ex’s or moustachioed villains (only moustachioed, stoner hipsters of good intent). It is perhaps a little heavy handed in its messaging at times but I didn’t mind that - the messages are nice, warm and ones about love, acceptance and the families we make. Read this book. It’s like freshly baked hash cookies for the soul.

Wonderful voice acting

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2020

Lovely leads in this sweet, sexy and sometimes hard to read romance. Hard because of the endless parade of human waste that seems to populate this storyline. If the authors are to be believed, the world is overburdened with people with the worst kind of impulses who relish the suffering of others. I’d like to think it’s a little better than that.

Sweet and touching

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-2020

This is pitched as a lighthearted romcom but this is a genuinely touching story of isolation and acceptance as our MC, Kai, wrestles with staying closeted from everyone he cares about. It feels like so much of this book is grounded in lived experience. It touches not just overt hate but on causal homophobia in supposedly safe spaces, and those grey areas when ‘good’ people do horrible things. Date Me BK is a wonderfully refreshing gay romance which focuses on story telling rather than titillation. Kai and Bryson felt very real, lovely and joyous and sad as they were. For me, this is what representation looks like. I hope it receives the attention it deserves.(Also, I’m pretty sure I had that guidance counsellor. Too real to laugh at).