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Date Me, Bryson Keller

Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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'Date me, Bryson Keller!'

Everyone at Fairvale Academy knows about the dare Bryson Keller has accepted - each week he has to date the first person who asks him out. He just never specified it could only be girls. When closeted Kai challenges straight Bryson to secretly date him, it should be a recipe for heartbreak. But as the two boys open up to each other, they find themselves getting closer. With his heart on the line, Kai must grapple with his growing feelings for a boy who can never be his...right?

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Sweet and touching

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).

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Familiar but heartwarming!

The narrator does a fine job in enacting the book. Barring a few loose ends here and there and drawing inspiration from previous writings, this book is cute. Can see it being adapted into a film.

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  • Aaron W
  • 10-09-2020

Excellent!

I absolutely loved this audiobook. The characters were very relatable and told a story that many should be able to relate to in some way.

The relationships between the friends was something many gay teens don't necessary have, it was good to see them stick together. A special mention has to go to Yaz, everyone needs a Yaz in their lives.

Highly recommend!

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  • Miss S A Stratton
  • 20-08-2020

Amazing and Adorable

Love this story so adorable and love Kia he I'd now definitely one of my all time favourite fictional characters and the friendship between the musketeers.

At times I thought that Bryson was too good to be true but I loved that your saw a less perfect side to him.

All in all an amazing book

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  • Stephanie Butcher
  • 14-08-2020

Highly recommend: an easy but beautiful listen

This book was beautiful. It’s definitely for you if you love stories like Openly Straight, Love Simon, or TATBILB. It has funny moments but mostly it’s just an extremely cute romcom that leaves you feeling warm. But it also shares an insight into the struggles of coming out and the homophobia so many young people still experience! Overall a really enjoyable story that I’d be happy to listen to again, and again!

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  • HMM
  • 07-07-2020

I got sick of the preaching

I am not sure how to rate this. The thoughts about hetero's having to come out as hetero I already knew from bestseller Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. So why write another book? 70% of the dialogue is arguments about gay rights and that is where I doubt my rating. Living in a country where schools and churches can get closed if they teach homosexuality is wrong, and schools have a coming out day every year, all discussions and revelations are pointing out the obvious for me.
So for adults living in homophobe areas or teenagers questioning their sexuality, I would say: 3 star book.
If you have heard it all before and and think the narrator has the emotional range of a soap actor, I would say 1 or 2 stars.