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In 'Dear Martin' Nic Stone made you feel you knew what it was like to be a black male in America. In 'Odd One Out' she takes you through the complexities of teenage sexuality and relationships with genuine depth and clarity. She explores difficult issues like ideology, self definition and sexuality while keeping you entranced in a really good read!
This was not anything I expected to be reading. It was such a good story, it is the second Nic Stone book I have read in the last couple weeks and I have to say she will be an author that I want to read everything of. The relationship between Coop, Rae and Jupiter was so sweet. I loved how they looked out for each other. I know both girls where going through some confusing times sexual but I think that is OK. I think we as s country have come a long way in accepting the many different relationships that exist and are not so closed minded about who loves who. I think it is OK to love a man or a women or both. That is the persons right to choose and as long as they are honest with themselves and the person they are in the relationship with that is all that should matter. This was a 5 star read for me. The characters made you fall in love with them. I especially loved the side characters Golly and Britain there banter back and forth was adorable.
3.5 stars Odd One Out is a solid story, but the narration didn't work so well for me. It was difficult to distinguish the three different narrator's voices, and I found I had to go back to check whose thoughts I was reading more than once. I really enjoyed the whole inner discussions Jupiter had with herself. About labels, mostly. Because what are all those labels for? Ourselves? Or other people so that we can fit into their world view? I think that's what I liked the most about the story, because labels can be very restrictive.
Did not like the ending. I was fine that the Mc questioned gee sexuality and I get that part, but I didn’t like that her feelings have to be decided upon one person. The book led up to a finish it wouldn’t execute. If you’re going to build up to a thing then go all the way. Weak ending.
Nic Stone is incredible, and this book is so important. The exploration of identity in this messy messy love triangle which is very realistic to real life and high school is exactly what I needed and I know other people need. I highly recommend.
I really thought I was going to hate this book and that it was going to be some stupid threesome to make guys go mmmm, but it wasn’t at all! It was very heartfelt, heart-wrenching, and oddly informative. The journey to find who you are when you and everyone around you feels the need for labels is super difficult. This was an amazing book about breaking free of labels and following your heart.
This book has so much in it that any adolescent who decided to read it would find a character or situation relatable to their own life. It comfortably takes you through the lives of the teenagers who have to face difficult situations and emotions. I wish it had been written much sooner so I could have shared it with some past students or even earlier so that I could understand my own feelings when I was a teen.
Coop and his best friend Jupiter have been inseparable for 11 years, but when Rae moves to town and both of them are attracted to her, the relationships among the three of them shift considerably. I think this novel will move readers because they will see themselves in one form or fashion. All young adults (and all adults for that matter) can gain great insight within these pages.
I went into this book with high expectations because of my love for Nic Stone’s other books. There were parts of the story that I really enjoyed. There were other parts that seemed way too silly to me. I kept pushing because I couldn’t stand the thought of not finishing this book. Right at the 70% mark, the storyline picked up for me. The twists and turns at the end of the book saved it for me.
Nic Stone can do no wrong. After her first book Dear Martin, I was sucked in. I have met her twice at book signings and she is incredible in person. This book is deep and makes me think "where was this when I was 14!"