His girlfriend a lot of the time So what f he doesn t know what to do with her boobs But still he s totally surprised when she breaks up with him and says they were never really dating anyway and he s even surprised when she tells him why she broke up with himSuddenly Mike finds himself Cabaret: A Roman Riddle in completely new territory He s not sure about what he s feeling or how his friends and family will react Because Lisa has suckered himnto running for vice president of his class he s now n the midst of student government and even worse homecoming He s even been nominated to the homecoming court Why can t things just go back to normal And mportantly why s Rook Wallace who terrorized him when they were younger suddenly smiling at him all the time Is he trying to subdue him so he can attack him when he least expects t Whatever All Roads Lead Home is about coming to terms with who you are for perhaps the first timen your life which may feel uncomfortable or strange It s about friendship nfatuation confusion man crushes fear and love as well as a healthy dose of mischief and stupid stunts And t s about saying the things you want to say even f you re afraid to even f not everyone will like what you have to sayI enjoyed this book a lot and thought t was sweet and funny and thought provoking Although I liked Mike s character and thought that he had a good heart at times he frustrated me because of the things he didn t say as well as some of the things he said and did but I know so many of his actions were realistic While there sn t much surprising n this book there were a few things I thought might happen but they didn t t s still a tremendously appealing story and t definitely took me back to my high school days where fun confusion and nsecurity reigned euallyGoslee really captured the teenage voice well particularly those of teenage boys This book Just Cause is just another example of how far YA fiction has come since I was young there really wasn t any beyond The Hardy Boys back then and how much the world has changed for the betterSee all of my reviews at 45 StarsI can t decidef I want to smack Mike Tate upside the head or hug him tight Maybe both Mike s school year s shaping up to be a real clusterf cough Sorry Let s break t down His girlfriend Lisa just dumped him even though according to her they weren t really dating anyway Ouch Somehow he s gotten himself roped nto school politics ntramural baseball and homecoming Whatever It s junior year OH yeah Mike might be nto guys too He might even be falling for his arch nemesis That s the w Whatever by SJ Goslee s a hilarious and honest YA coming out story and t s n many ways unlike anything I ve ever read before It s not a romance by any usual standards but t can be painfully romantic and endearing at times It s a heart warming story with so many laugh out loud moments and unparalleled honesty n dealing with subjects like self discovery bisexuality and coming of ageOur protagonist Mike Tate Fiesta Moon is so easy to falln love with despite or because of his many shortcomings He drinks he smokes weed he challenges his friends to do nsane things He s really a fairly typical and pretty obnoxious 16 year old boy with wild hormones and plenty of time on his hands At the same time though we see him caring for his 6 year old sister being secretly and sort of reluctantly kind to his friends and putting himself The Taste of Night into danger to save a younger boy from a sure beating Even when he s beingnsufferable which s often there s such potential shining The Trust in Mike thatt s easy to A Scandalous Regency Christmas imagine him becoming a wonderful adult That being said teenage Mikes often kind of an The Return idiot prone to lashing out when he s hurt or when he s feelingnsecure Even though this sn t a romance
there s ais a romantic Prince Hafizs Only Vice interest albeit one that Mike has a hard time processing Through Mike s relationship with Wallace Goslee shows us that we never know what happensnside a person The relationship was built realistically and brilliantly which can also be said about other relationships Aristotle and Poetic Justice in this bookThiss a story that teaches us first and foremost about the process of coming out and how And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée Cullen intensely personalt Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy is for everyone Even when someonesn t exposed to homophobia even when judgment from friends and family Cyberwar: The Next Threat to National Security What to Do About It isn t forthcoming they have a right to choose their own pace and come out or not come out when and how they see fit Mike uncovers his own sexualdentity slowly and reluctantly preferring to not make waves His mom Girl in Pieces is completely accepting his hilarious grandmother has her own way of dealing with things his friends are mostly open but Mike justsn t ready to face things It should also be said that homophobia sometimes comes from completely unexpected directions Preparing yourself for this careful and slow process Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention isn t a small matter at all We follow Mike as he learns new things about himself and slowly finds his footing His journeys poignant honest and funny painful at times but so worth t n the end I loved every second of this book and I was so very grateful for Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education its honesty andts authentic voice Hopefully we won t have to wait too long for Goslee s next novel 45 starsscreams because this was probably the cutest thing ve ever read and m pretty sure Cruise Control i smiled the whole way throughthere was just so much loved about this mike cam wallace serge
Jason Jj Etc And Yes I Didjj etc and yes did name pretty much every character n the book but what the hell City Limits i adored them all the writing was great the plot was entertainingt was funny n all the right places and had so much fun reading this oneit s definitely not perfect there s some bisexual erasure and didn t like how the author wrote lisa and her attitude towards mike mike s relationships buuuut did love Culture and Enchantment it a whole lot anyway once got past those two things 1st read october 20162nd read march 2017. Inds out why Lisa dumped him t blows his mind And worse he gets elected to homecoming courtWith a standout voice a hilariously honest view on sex and sexuality and enough f bombs to make your mom blush this debut YA novel s a fresh modern take on the coming out story.
Read Whatever.: or how junior year became totally [email protected]This whole review will be filled with spoilers and boy oh boy do I have a lot to say This book s extremely biphobic homophobic and Baroque Personae it s filled with girls fetishizing the main character and his loventerest That s not even my problem The thing Democratic Art is none of these things gets called out ever Instead of wasting my time explaining everything let s just jumpnto some lines from the actual book shall weLisa says You need to be my running mate Mike laughs You re on crack no way am I running for vice president he says You have to she says We can sell you as gay Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? it ll be edgy This ones right from the beginning where Lisa s uite aware Mike sn t straight and continuously pushes him Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group into coming out sot ll help her and her campaign when he s confused himself and hasn t even stopped to think about his sexuality once You and the little sausage man remember She crosses her arms over her chest smug Last month at Cam s end of the summer blowout Full on making out with tongues and hands Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust in private places Her eyes go hazy and she licks her lips GrossThiss from the very next page where Mike tells her he Conscience and Memory is not gay and she keeps on pushing him throwing on his face that he made out with a guy at a party when he was drunk Needless to say how gross shes with her hazy eyes and lips licking I m Pansy Vol. 6 in the running for Homecoming King Mike says Yeah that s a little weird You think Mike finally finds his bike butt s under a couple precariously perched boxes He can t remember the last time he s used Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods it Lisa says You could run for ueen but I don t think you re ready for that Isn t Lisa so funny Why are we even friends Mike knocks over what looks like pretty much every kitchen gadgetn creation trying to unearth the bike He kicks boxes aside Elizabeth I in a huff he s going to be late for work Because I let you see my boobs That s a lie Mike says walking his bike outnto the dying afternoon light Touch them yes but Mike has never ever been allowed to see Lisa s boobs even when they were dating Oh that s right because Education in a New Society it would ve been a waste I love this bisexuality erasure Your mother tells me you re ueer now She did not Mike says horrified He slumps back against the wall palms catching at the slightly textured wallpaper His knees feel weak She used the term bisexual she narrows her eyes but no grandson of mines going to be Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education indecisive I don t think that means I mn Michael Allan Tate Nana says Mike swallows hard Maybe he shouldn t be concentrating on terminology now since his seventy five year old grandmother s confronting him about his sexual preferences He brings a shaky hand up to rub his dry lower lip Yes ma am She clasps her hands n front of her chest and says Are you or are you not gay I could move past this scene given that she The Baby Swap Miracle is old and grew up with different values bla bla bla but thenn the next page she outs him to the entire family Of course I m not harassing Michael Allison He s just being ridiculously closemouthed about his boyfriend Because according to her and I uote You don t decide to be gay without a boy that s just poor planning Later on around the final chapters we have yet two scenes where girls fetishize over Mike and Wallace We had sex n his car and then went for ce cream It s still awesome n retrospect but he can t shake the feeling that f t hadn t happened maybe Omar would still be talking to him Christ he hates himself You had oh Jesus Lisa says He can hear a hint of horrified amusement n her toneAt this point Lisa was just completely annoying She s controlling of Mike Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation in a way that she forces him to do anything he wants and he does and than once he admits himself he lets her get away witht But that s not what we re discussing here Anyways two pages later we have Dotty narrows her eyes Wait Mo leans forward hands gripping the edge of the table and hisses You and Rook No way seriously Lenny sueals She sounds delighted She sounds like all her dreams have come true because she s clearly demented Mike buries his head n his arms I don
Twant to talkTo Talk to talk t Too bad you totally have to talk about Generations and Collective Memory it Lenny says Or we could just ask Rook Mike jerks upright No Dotty grins evilly He seriously hates cheerleadersI don t even know what to say I m actually laughing We have a bunch of girls pushing a bisexual characternto sharing personal details of his life with the guy he s dating As f t wasn t bad enough we re talking about his sex life And no they don t ever get called out on their disgusting fetish Neither does Lisa as she From Notes to Narrative isn fact one of Mike s best friendsThis book has many other Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America issues bad writing no plot main character leaving his loventerest so his homophobic friends wouldn t get hurt by seeing them together etc but honestly f they were the only ones I d never even bother with a review But the constant homophobia girls fetishizing the two boys without ever getting called out and the author herself fetishizing them n the explicit scenes made me too uncomfortable to simply let Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) it go It sends a wrong message thatt s okay for girls to do this very same thing and t s not Women fetishizing mlm content will never be okay just as much as men fetishizing wlw never will either It saddens me that this still needs to be said n 2017 It s 4am and I read this book n only 6 or 7 hours and I m sure this review Foraging for Survival is all over the place but I m disappointed to say the least Bahahaha seriously this bookGreat humor Great characters And great storyMikes not the uintessential 16 yo soon 17 Yes he spends time with his friends and yes he does A LOT of stupid things But he also spends a lot of time with his baby sister Rosie and he Fragments is actually sort of thoughtfulMike has been dating Lisa for uite some time he sn a band with his best friends and he has an archenemy who used to beat him up after baseballMike works at his uncle s chee. It's like the apocalypse came only Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries instead of nuclear bombs and zombies Mike gets school participation gay thoughts and mother effin' cheerleadersJunior years about to start Here's what Mike Tate knowsHis friends are awesome and their crappy garage band s a great ex. Se shop and s trying to be n school with the least amount of work He s not stupid but he s lazy and all over the placeMike s mother s an author of children s books and she gives Mike and Rosie a lot of leeway but One Ticket To Texas is there for Mike when he fucks upThen Lisa breaks up with him but they stay friends And when Lisa decides she needs to be a well rounded character for college applications she blackmails Mikento running along with her Her blackmail material Mike had a PROPER snogging episode with JJ a guy from another schoolWhat follows Helpmate is Mike s awakening bothn regards to himself but also Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy in regards to friends and familyI can tmagine coming out s easy but this book takes great care with the subject Yes Mike s totally confused and yes he should have opened his mouth Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader in a few situations but hes a 16 17 yo guy who drinks and smokes too much weed And even though there are things he doesn t care about there are things he cares a great deal about like his friends who have been there his whole lifeRook was a great character I thought he did the whole jock deal and n the closetbut not thing great justice Also he was FREAKING adorable at timesI was laughing and snorting and chuckling throughout this book It was so SO funny and I adored ALL of the characters most were batshit CRAZY If I could change two things t would be a proper apology from Rook for the shit he pulled years back AND an epilogue 15 years from now telling me that Mike and Rook were going strong I know I know they re young and blah blah blah But I had a friend Bryozoan Evolution in 9th grade who s still with her boyfriend from then so let me have my dreamsA definite re read for me I absolutely lovet when books surprise me This Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) is a book that definitely surprised men the best possible way Admittedly when I first started reading I had my doubts We re first Silvers Edge introduced to Mike as he s coming out of a stoned stupor after partying with his bros He had that dude voice that while authentic drives me completely nuts and I was ready to give up right then and there But I decided to keep going and I am so glad that I did Mike never really loses his dude voice but for some reason he makest wildly endearing In addition to this the relationships he has with his mom his little sister his friends his ex girlfriend and the burgeoning attraction between him and the love nterest no spoilers are extraordinary and so wholly real that each nteraction while seemingly laid back oozes with meaning and authenticity I also loved the way that Goslee handles Mike s discovery of his sexuality There Going Berserk is a lot of confusion emotion and frustration but at the same timet doesn t feel overly dramatic but rather uite funny as Mike provides hilarious asides as he justifies his appreciative eye for the male form Additionally Goslee s never nsensitive n her depiction of Mike s self discovery but rather she provides an excellent balance of humor AND heart making this a great choice for teens w This story felt a bit like a modernDAY INTERPRETATION OF A JOHN HUGHESinterpretation of a John Hughes but with the protagonist coming toTerms With His Feelings Forwith his feelings for And specifically with those surrounding his long sworn enemy The constant humor of the story was off the charts epic however there s a lot of Autobiography and Other Writings internal dialogue which I found simultaneously charming and a bit tediousI didn t dare skip a word because for the most partt all did actually add to the story but just didn t flow along uite as uickly or smoothly as I d have likedBut Mike s character was written amazingly true to age with tons of nsecurities and confusion which we ve all experienced during our high school yearsI enjoyed the story mmensely mainly due to the funny situations and well developed MC but didn t really get than a surface deep sense of several of the side characters Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. including the secondary main characterThis was also not a sexy or overly romantic read as those aspects mostly consisted of one short back seat groping session and lots ofnternal pining and processing feelings nternallyAnd even though the story ends with only the most tentative of HFN s I d still recommend the book pretty highly and rate t at 4 stars 45 starsSo much uirky good fun I adored this If you like your MCs uirky and kinda clueless you re going to love Mike I was smiling through most of this following along with him as he comes to terms with the fact that he s bi deals with a myriad of odd friendships comes out and realizes on an unlikely crush This Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript is YA but on the older end of YA where the characters are doing things like drinking smoking pot and being horny a lot of the time Kinda like I remember high school At the same time the romance was really uite sweet I just had one littlessue on the romance sideview spoilerI felt that the love nterest really needed to apologize properly for his past behaviour to Mike hide spoiler Short version I loved this It s adorable heartfelt laugh out loud funny and frighteningly relatable The nternal and external conflicts the MC faces with regard to coming out were beautifully and accurately rendered and the romance depicted Infamous is swoony and so so shippable And the MAKEOUTS The makeouts arefans self Totally recommended I guesst was only a matter of time before the high school stoner comedy genre got a little depth SJ Goslee s Whatever Walled is just like your favorite potheadt makes you laugh and roll your eyes sometimes you get a little frustrated but n the end you enjoy spending time with t and even think t s pretty sweetMike Tate s about to start his junior year of high school He has a great group of friends with whom he plays music n a crappy band drinks beer watches one of them attempt one crazy stunt after another and spends a lot of time getting stoned He s known his girlfriend Lisa for a long time and she s like his best friend than. Cuse to drink cheap beer Rook Wallace s the devil The Lemonheads rock And his girlfriend Lisa s the coolest Then Lisa breaks up with him which makes Mike only a little sad because they'll stay friends and he never knew what to do with her boobs anyway But when Mike .