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Review: Odd One Out by Nic Stone (ARC)

First of all, I would like to say my gratitude to Kaleena @ Reader Voracious for hosting Flapping Pages and to Lili @ Utopia State of Mind for passing out the ARC. Thank you so much!

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

October 9th, 2018

S Y N O P S I S

From the author ofDear Martincomes this exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.

Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.

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R E V I E W

Rating: ☆☆

I’m very much having an internal conflict on what rating I should give to this book.

Initially, I thought this book is about racism in America (given the blurb at the back) and it surely talks about it at some (one) point. I honestly can’t believe my level of stupidness.

To start off, I don’t hate this book nor like it. Well, I like it at some point honestly. Y’all are probably thinking right now that I should give this book a 3 stars because that’s the neutral rating but I think that’s a bit too much so we’ll keep the 2 stars.

Anyways, what really put me off the first time is the writing style. It wasn’t the worst but also not good. I just don’t understand the use of asterisk for actions. For example, “**eyes bulge out of head**” and a little more at the beginning but I didn’t encounter another one as the story goes. It looks so off and unnecessary for me.

In this book we follow three main characters and each had their own parts in the book.

✒ Courtney Cooper — black male cheerleader who is very much hung up to his childhood bestfriend. I felt uncomfortable at the start of the book during his POV when Jupiter’s in skimpy clothes and he tells her he’s getting… y’know. It’s nowhere near respectful.

Rae Evelyn Chin — the biracial new girl in town who has a crush on both Courtney and Jupiter. Her part is the most engaging to read because she felt so natural. I enjoyed her part the most.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez — finally, Cooper’s lesbian bestfriend for more than a decade. Her part is kinda hard to read actually because the point of view just switches to second person and first person which can be confusing.

I don’t have much of a problem with the characters and I actually find them pretty funny. The plot is all over the place and their love triangle problem can actually be solve with a bit of communication to each other.

On the other hand, I appreciate what the author wants to convey through the story. It might seem to look like I only pointed out the flaws but Odd One Out is an enjoyable quick read regardless.

Hopefully, you’ll like it more when you get to it! I don’t recommend this but if you think it’s up to your game, I’ll cheer you on.

Have you read Odd One Out? If so, what are your thoughts about it?

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