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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

By Kheryn Callender
Narrated by Ron Butler / 7 hours 55 minutes
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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

“This is a perfect summer listen for adults who enjoy YA or older teens. Bird has been recently dumped by his cheating (ex) best-friend-turned-girlfriend and is still pining over her while trying to return to the friendship they both treasured. Amid the first day of school chaos Bird finds out that his childhood best friend (and first crush/kiss!) has returned and now his feelings are all over the place. Oliver-James was rendered deaf by a childhood illness so there is sign language descriptions throughout the book and many scenes made more interesting by the addition of Ollie's way of traveling through a hearing school. Cuteness, artistic creativity realized, make ups, break ups, and all the messiness in between. My favorite part of the book, however, is how the sexuality of the characters is handled. Bird floats from a girlfriend to a boyfriend with no comment or angst, his girlfriend cheats and then dates another girl without wondering if she's bi or pan or gay. Ashley asks Bird to ask Oliver James if he is interested in her even knowing he has a boyfriend because not everyone dates just one person. The full spectrum of sexuality is treated as a non-issue. No one is judged, no one has to grapple with what it all MEANS. It's a beautiful world in which we are all just trying to find ourselves and each other.”

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~Lambda Literary Award finalist for the best LGBT YA novel of 2018~

A fresh, charming rom-com perfect for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Boy Meets Boy about Nathan Bird, who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town.

Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.

Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.

After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

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