Friday, August 21, 2015

ARC Review: A Hard Day's Night by Mia Kerick

A Hard Day's Night

High school senior Kalin (Lennon) Macready knows several facts for certain: John Lennon is his hero. Beaumont Finley Danforth (Fin) is his best friend. And—this is the complicated one—he feels more for Fin than mere friendship.

For weeks, Lennon pesters Fin, who like Lennon admits to questioning his sexual orientation, for a commitment to spend twenty-four hours together exploring “the gay side of life.” Each boy will seek to answer the terrifying question, Am I gay? Fin reluctantly agrees. Lennon pre-plans the day, filling the hours with what he assumes “gay life” is all about: funky hairstyles, fancy coffee drinks, shopping for fashionable clothing, boogying to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, and yes, listening to show tunes.

However, Lennon quickly realizes that in creating his plan he has succumbed to the most common and distorted gay stereotypes. Can he be gay and not fit them? And more importantly, is it possible that spending twenty-four hours together will convince Fin that he’s gay, too? If so, maybe Lennon has a shot at winning the heart of the boy of his dreams.

“A Hard Day’s Night” is a humorous young adult contemporary romance about two boys coming to realize that they don’t have to be a stereotype to be genuine. 

Todd's rating:

This story was a lot of fun, but oh, Lord, Mia's latest book, "A Hard Day's Night," completely reminded me just how ignorant I was when I was 18, just like Lennon.

Of course, I'm blaming my own naiveté on lack of the Internet when I was that age and that's the story I'm sticking with. ;- )

During those years, I knew that I was different and just *knew* that if I came out, to fit in, I'd have to either wear a lot of leather or toss on a wig and a dress. Soooo not me on either count, so *cringe*.

Thankfully, I was very wrong. Just like Lennon's assumptions of what you have to do to be gay are ridiculously off the mark.

After convincing his best friend and boycrush, Fin, to join him for a day of exploring their 'possible' gay sides, their (mis)adventure begins.

The begin with a visit to 'Chard,' the flamboyant stylist, followed by an hour with a makeup artist, then a trip to the mall for girly, glittery shirts from the Disney store and high-maintenance coffee drinks deserving of an umbrella in them.

But Lennon has actually known that he's gay for a while and the entire trip is a ruse to see if Fin likes Lennon the same way that Lennon likes him.

It's all very elaborate. And painful. And lots of fun to watch, train wreck of a day that it turns out to be.

But in spite of how hair-brained Lennon's entire scheme is, against all odds, it works.

So after a romantic crepe dinner and an unfortunate altercation in the parking lot, the boys share some tender moments in Lennon's bed.

Then since the boys are just that, boys, a misunderstanding rears its unwelcomed head, but is pretty quickly resolved and the epilogue lets us know that the boys are still together later on and their HFN (?) has stuck.

The story is low in both angst and sexy times, with a lot of humor and some eye rolling, but very enjoyable, so this one gets 4 stars on the #ToddSaid scale. : )

The moral of both mine and Lennon's stories are that, if you find out that you're gay, the only thing you "have to be" is yourself. Period.

My copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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