Publisher : Crown Books | Penguin Random House
Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary
Page Count: 320
Synopsis : 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.
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. . .
No easy answers. (From Goodreads)
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review*
CW: panic attack, childhood trauma, abandonnement, talk of death of a parent.
I truly am a fan. I was after reading Dear Martin but I’m even more so after reading Odd One Out. This book made me feel seen in ways not many books have achieved before. It was hands down one of my most anticipated releases for this year, so when my review request was approved and it arrived in the mail shortly after, I SCREAMED, threw all my reading plans out the window and started it immediately. And I was not disappointed.
The opening scene was HILARIOUS and it set the tone for the whole book. Because no matter what POV we’re following and eventhough the voice changes drastically from one character to the other (which was done extremely well and I adored it), the one constant is that it always remained funny. Don’t get me wrong, Odd One Out has its serious parts but there’s always that one line, one paragraph, every now and then that makes you crack up.
The book is written in three different perspectives, Coop, Jupiter and Rae but we don’t get them at the same time, each one gets a separate section of the book which was an interesting experience, because I’d find myself wanting to know what another character is thinking in a situation but couldn’t because they either already had their POV or it wasn’t their turn yet. It kept me reading in a way, eventhough, I didn’t need much prompting to be honest, I was hooked, obsessed, and every other word in the dictionary that means I couldn’t stop reading. I was reading it in Italy which means I didn’t have much down time but I used every time waiting for transportation or anything else to pick it up and read if only just a couple pages.
I’m not gonna sugar coat it, Odd One Out is about a love triangle, which… you already know if you’ve read the synopsis and with no exaggeration whatsoever, this is the best one I’ve ever read. All three people involved have feelings for the other two. And it’s…wild. Messy feelings. Messy relationships. Messy decisions. And that was one of the best things about this book, just how real and unfiltered it is. My absolute favourite thing about it though is the sexuality exploration, two of the characters start questioning their sexuality and while one does figure it out before the book ends, the other does not and I loved how that was made to be okay, since there’s always so much pressure for people to figure out their sexuality, I really appreciated it.
The story starts from Courtney “Coop”‘s POV, he’s black, very straight and very in love with his best friend. What I loved most about him is how much of an absolute sweetheart he is. Don’t get me wrong, he messes up, but he tries his best to be a genuinely nice a guy and rid himself of toxic masculinity. Also, I love how he puts his feelings aside and tries to be the best friend he can for Jupiter. Even when Rae shows up and his feelings start confusing the living hell out of him. I mean that’s not special about him, when Rae shows up, they all get confusing feelings and try their best.
Jupiter is a feisty little thing and I love her so so much, I love all of them, but she’s probably my favourite. She’s afro-latina and queer. She’s the kind of girl who doesn’t take shit from anyone and would clap back if you dare to cross her or any of her friends, She’s caring (even though she doesn’t really like showing her emotions that much), funny and a big ol’ romantic at heart, which she tries denying but that is the most relatable thing I’ve ever read.
Then we have Rae, the new comer, she’s biracial, Irish-Korean and bisexual, which she starts realizing when she meets both Coop and Jupe and starts developing different, but equally romantic, feelings for the both. She’s really sweet and the kind of calming presence people like having around. She deals with abandonnment issues for most the book and her and Coop bond over shared trauma and embark in an adventure that they hope will help both of them heal in a way.
I really loved the dynamic between the three of them and the way they fit together in this kind of fragile balance that you feel will snap any moments and IT KEEP YOU ON EDGE WAITING FOR IT TO HAPPEN, and wondering when and what it’s gonna be. Special mention to Golly and Britain, Coop’s guy best friends who are silly and goofy but also sweet and adorable.
There was this note to the reader at the beginning of my arc that Nic Stone wrote to people reading her book who are figuring out their sexuality or are still trying to figure it out and that was absolutely heart warming and almost made me tear up.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read Odd One Out? If so, what did you think?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.