I have a problem – when people tell me a book or a movie or a show is amazing it prompts an almost immediate need to not read or watch it. This is not a smart response – and I know that. But that was the response I had to this book. And I was wrong, and I admit it. I wish I wasn’t always late to the party but…if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be me. And that is a lot of what this book is all about.
This was, undoubtedly, my favorite book of 2019.
I won’t rehash the plot, because you really just need to read it. I will say, however, that I would like to be a part of a world where Ellen Claremont did become president after Obama. And where the first family was from such a richly, diverse background. Where hope and love are the legacy the president and her family leave behind. In a world of ugly politics, the Claremont-Diaz crew, clearly live what they show to the world. And Alex and Henry are the kind of people I want to see splashed on the covers of tabloids. People who want to make a difference, not just because it plays well with the press but because it will make a difference.
Alex and Henry’s love story is engrossing and beautiful. We don’t need detailed sex scenes to get a sense of their passion for each other. Their texts and e-mails are the stuff of legend. Henry truly has a poetic soul and it adds so much to the story.
I think, overall, that this book is about coming in to your own and finding your way. Understanding that the path you started out on, isn’t always the one you are going to end up on. Casey McQuiston created such beautiful fully developed characters in this story that you feel lost when the book is over and you don’t have them in your life anymore.
For me, this book is one you should not miss.
Read it for yourself and then get back to me so we can discuss it in horrifying detail.
Henry + Alex 4 Ever!
If you want to buy this book, because you are also late to the party like me! You can get it on Amazon.