Monday, May 29, 2017

ARC Review: It Could Happen by Mia Kerick

It Could Happen
Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

Todd's rating:

I've been trying for over a week to figure out a way to review "It Could Happen" without at least semi-directly comparing it to Mia's previous "Us Three" (One Voice series), but I simply can't. : (

I loved "Us Three" more than I can say, but this new story felt just too similar, like I'd already read it, with a few plot point changes. So a bit recycled, if you will.

In this new story, there is more diversity than in the first. One MC is African American and one is pansexual, even though he never seemed to find anyone overly interesting sexually. He really gave me more of an asexual vibe.

Another difference is that in "Us Three," the boys are strangers, thrown together for a class assignment, after which friendship, then romantic feelings began to happen organically, which I loved.

Here, the boys had already been best friends for years and Danny has horrible taste in (abusive) older men, so the other 2 friends just 'decided' that they should all become boyfriends to save him from himself.

There were no huge, romantic confessions of "I've always liked you 'that' way", "thought you were hot", longing gazes from afar or any indication that there was some type of lingering romantic spark that finally caught fire and ignited.

Then to compound that lack of convincing romantic feels, once they are officially boyfriends, there was initially no hand holding, cuddling or even kissing. They were boyfriends in name only, which sends a confused Danny right back into the arms of the last guy who beat him up.

I definitely got all of the friendship feels from this story, which were strong and utterly, unquestionably believable. However, from a relationship perspective, it felt very "I love you, I'm just not *in* love with you" to me.

Overall, I'd rate this one 3.25 stars for the solid and interesting story line, but wish it had felt more unique and less like "Us Three" while reading.

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

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