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.
May 28, 2019  |  320 pages
(Read from May 17, 2019 to May 17, 2019)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
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Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
This book is, kind of paradoxically, extremely sweet and balming. It deals with hard subjects, starting in the first chapter with our protagonist getting kicked out after telling their parents they are nonbinary. Ben's life gets turned upside down, and Ben's anxiety takes a turn for the worse. But in a book where the absolute worst happens, Ben finds themself surrounded by more support than they knew, and heals so that they can allow that support in, & allow themself to be loved as they are.  (+1 vote)