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Date Me, Bryson Keller
Date Me, Bryson Keller | Kevin van Whye
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To All The Boys I've Loved Before meets Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda as a swoony summer romance blossoms between two boys who start secretly dating. 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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PuddleJumper
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Panpan

There is a lot of controversy over this book which I won‘t get into because this book is bad for many other reasons. The writing is terrible, the pacing is odd, and the tone is preachy.

If you wanted a fluffy romance book then walk away.

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BookInMyHands
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Oh my gosh this was adorable!

High school senior Bryson Keller is opposed to dating. But agrees to a dare- to date a different person each week, Monday-Friday, nothing physical (yay! dares with boundaries), until Spring Break.

Kai Sheridan has known he was gay since he was 10, but he‘s not out to anyone, even his two best friends. So what happens when Kai asks Bryson to date him for a week? Something wonderful.

Zoe-h I loved this one! 1y
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mandarchy
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I finished this just now and it was so refreshing. I rarely read YA since our 6th graders moved to the middle school. I sent their books to their library.

I got sucked into the romance, but the tension and worry about knowing the other shoe was about to drop was prevalent. When it did, the author handled it with lived experience, authentic non-examples and much needed relief.

mandarchy ⬇️ Children need to see themselves in literature and allies need to keep reading for perspective. #inclusiveness #readforperspective #rainbowlibrary #rainbowreader 1y
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mandarchy
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Thank you @Zoe-h ❤ my plan is to power through refugee and I have this now to fall back on if it gets too scary. 😉

Zoe-h No problem! I‘ll love to hear what you think! 1y
mandarchy @Zoe-h I loved it more than I expected! What a fun read. 1y
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Zoe-h
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So cute! A nice heartwarming read following Kai and Bryson‘s relationship over their first two weeks. Bryson was dared to date the first person who asked him out on Monday morning and continue the relationship to Friday. No one expects Kai to ask him out. I loved every minute of this book! 5🌟

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ThePageantHam
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"Every gay kid has heard the stories and watched the movies. We've been told we aren't normal for so long, been punished and ridiculed, that hiding who we are is second nature to us. Sometimes hiding is the difference between life and death. It's why the closet still exists. It keeps us hidden and, more important, it keeps us safe. Living your truth is important, but sometimes living the lie is what keeps you warm, fed, looked after… breathing."

jinxmoon I got this book yesterday ☺️ 2y
ThePageantHam @jinxmoon I really liked it! Such a sweet lil love story 😍 2y
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UnabridgedPod
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Kevin van Whye's Date Me, Bryson Keller was absolutely the right book at the right time. (I feel like that I've been saying that a lot lately, which feels fortunate!) I read this one with the #totallyteenbuddyread, and it was a one-sitting read for me. I found it to be compelling and so, so sweet.⠀

Here's the premise: Bryson Keller is one of the most popular students at Fairvale Academy, but he's never dated much. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod He accepts a challenge: he'll accept an invitation each week from someone different and will date that person for a week. As long as he's asked every week and follows through with the week of dating, he wins. But if there's a week that doesn't work out, he loses.⠀

Main character Kai Sheridan is one of the few students of color at his private school, he's super shy, and he is keeping secret the fact that he's gay. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod So, he surprises himself one week when he ends up being the one who asks Bryson to date him for a week.⠀

I liked Kai so much, and his little sister—who is super smart, spunky, and accepting—is one of my favorite characters. During our buddy read discussion, we acknowledged that this isn't a perfect novel, but I unreservedly loved it. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod So, as long as you can accept some characters who are maybe a little too kind or too perfect, I think you'll enjoy this one, too. 2y
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betsyhaddox
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Mehso-so

Wow. This book is way more thoughtful and beautiful than it could‘ve been. Stupid premise that would never happen in real life, but kind characters who emulate good listening, acceptance, and love. A good YA LGBTQ+ book to have at hand.

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bookandbedandtea
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I enjoyed this but it was nearly the same plot as Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda which I thought was better. Still it was an enjoyable break from the painfully slow clunker I'm also reading so 👍👍. Also, Bryson was nearly perfect. I adored him but my (looong ago) experience with teen boys makes him impossible to believe in. 🦄 🦄 🦄

Cinfhen Great review 💜 2y
bookandbedandtea @Cinfhen Thanks! 😊 2y
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VanChocStrawberry
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Read this in one sitting. Super cute; but not just fluff. #ownvoices #cinnamonrollsfordays

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Christy2318
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Cute fluffy YA #romcom “Gay means happy too, you know.” ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Traceelizaxox
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This book has my heart, it‘s so sweet and swoon worthy 🥺

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WanderingBookaneer
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Snapshot of my Sunday.

Oryx Heaven 2y
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ladyshmelton
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Having a toddler means I don't read as much, especially physical books. But when I find one with potential, I devour it.

I read this in 24 hours. Kai sucks you in with his personable narrative. And as much as I wanted to dislike Bryson at first (hello, stereotypical jock), he defied all my expectations and became my favorite character.

While there is some language, homophobic slurs, and bullying this book ended up being more cute than angst.

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Sharanya
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Cute, but not great. Kai was a good narrator — his struggles felt really relatable. The story was also well plotted & structured. Bryson, the LI, gave me a bit of a toothache though. He was sweet, fair-minded, handsome-AF, never awkward, never self-conscious, & always said the exact perfect thing. Always. This too-perfect characterization spoiled the romance for me, which was kind of the point. A nice story, but not enough to really move me. ★★★☆☆

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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | ok this has “90s rom com” vibes all over it & I‘m so here for it 🙌🏽😍

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Nutmegnc
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Love is love. Perfect. #lbgtqia

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mdemanatee
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I needed something fluffier today.

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yourfavouritemixtape
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Mehso-so

There is not enough space to list all the things that were not good or wrong - I actually don‘t know if this was properly edited.
BUT... I read this because I wanted sappy gay teenage angst, just like the fan fictions I read when I was a teen, and it delivered this on point.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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It's been hard to keep interest in a book long enough to finish it with the shitstorm that is the world right now. I am however enjoying this.

DieAReader Isn‘t it though🤨🥺 I feel like I open/star twice as many books as I finish lately🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
rrkreads It's a sweet one, isn't it? I too enjoyed it a lot... 2y
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rrkreads
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Gay also means happy. Most of us forget this outdated meaning but it exists nevertheless. Read my review of this happy and sweet bl story inspired by the Seven Days manga. #contemporary #datemebrysonkeller #kevinvanwhye #lgbt #LockdownReading #4starreads #borrowgrade
Check out my review @ https://rrkreads.com/date-me-bryson-keller-book-review/

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rrkreads
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I am in and out of reading slumps this lockdown season & honestly this book seems to be the best medicine for it. Am already 40% into this & I enjoyed every moment of reading it... Can't wait to complete this book. Review to come soon...

#datemebrysonkeller #kevinvanwhye #lgbt #LockdownReading

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Vee_Bookish
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Panpan

Books should be released because the publishing team fell in love with them. They should not be released because they tick the boxes of 'gay', 'own voices', 'author of colour'.

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mandabanana
Date Me, Bryson Keller | Kevin van Whye
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Delicious, swoon worthy, and a great read all around!