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Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List



This book is... fine. It's got some great representation of a particular kind of queer life. NYC gay boys who party at 4 AM are lovely folks, or so I hear. I felt some irritation with the shallowness of both the characters and the book itself. Naomi and Ely aren't very good people, either of them. And the book... is also the kind of queer that I'm meh about. There are some gay boys. There are two in-practice-bisexual folks, neither of whom use the label bisexual and both of whom cheat on their partners with the opposite sex. There are some straight folks who Don't Get It.

I mean, this is a book about teenagers who are changeable and immature, cheating on each other. It's not a *bad* book, it's just kind of... not my favorite. I've read David Levithan books I liked more, including WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON.

I read this to check it for the Remann Hall library, and I can certify it has no gang violence, no suicide, and also no explicit sex. I'd hand it to a teenager and feel fine about it. Meh.


#ItWasFine #YA

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