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5 Reasons to Read: "I Wish You All the Best" by Mason Deaver
I Wish You All the Best
Thank you! The novel centers on conflicts within a North Carolina family that drive the narrative after Ben comes out to their parents and is kicked out of the house. Ben finds comfort in art classes, which become a safe haven as the art teacher takes them under her wing. Dealing with new friendships, family rejection, first love, anxiety, and personal growth, this novel is grounded in familiar YA terrain while exploring themes of gender identity. Ben and their family are white, Nathan is brown-skinned ethnicity unspecified , and a few secondary characters are ethnically diverse, including a nonbinary character who is a Muslim immigrant and hijabi. Holds appeal for readers of all genders and sexualities through sympathetic characters and a hopeful narrative of empowerment.
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Go order this book now. Request it from your library, buy it from your local bookstore, order it FOR your library, email your media specialist to make sure they know about it, just go. Did you do it? I really hope you did, because this is an Important Book. There are not a ton of nonbinary teens yet in YA books. This fact alone makes this book noteworthy.
Cover art by Sarah Maxwell. We had our Book Club answer some questions after reading this new YA novel! Julia jahooliaa : I was a little surprised at how hopeful it was throughout. Ben struggled with a lot from the get go. Even though they felt hopeless sometimes, they tried really hard to push through it, and I really admire that about Ben and the story in general. Nikki waywardnerd67 : I was weary of reading this book at first. I never got the big deal about it, because it never affected me directly.