I Wish You All The Best
- Author: Mason Deaver
- Published: May 14th, 2019
- Publisher: Push
- Rating: 5/5
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When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.
But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.
At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.
First I want to thank the universe for Adrian over @perpetualpages because they are the reason why I picked up this book after watching their video on 5 Reasons to Read: “I Wish You All The Best” and if you haven’t check the video out yet I don’t know what you are waiting for!
I will start by saying that I absolutely LOVED THIS BOOK! from beginning to end. The book is the story of Ben, and it starts when Ben decides to come out to their parents as a Nonbinary and because of it they get kicked out of the house. I will tell you guys this really broke my heart, as a mom, I just can’t imagine treating my son that way. Ben got kicked out of the house with no shoes, no clothes out in the middle of winter with nowhere to go. That was very hard for me to read. Ben with no where to go decides to contact their estrange sister Hannah, and she welcomes them into her home with her husband Thomas whom Ben has never met.
Ben has to deal with a lot of changes, like transferring schools and having to see a therapist to help them deal with what they are going thru. At the new school Ben meets Nathan, and let me tell you guys I completely adore this character, and love how their friendship evolved throughout the book. They are some amazing side characters as well that we get to meet that are there for Ben and are the best.
There’s so much good in this book that I hope you give it a try, and If I haven’t convinced you yet then make sure to watch Adriana’s video on why you should read it.
Overall, I loved this book so much, and I learned so much from it as well Ben is such a great character that I just love them! and I will also add that once I watched Adriana’s video I knew I will enjoy it but I didn’t think I was going to love it as much as I did.
Trigger Warning: anxiety, depression, Parental abuse, misgendering, homophobia