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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.
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.
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.
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!"
5.0 out of 5 starsI'm guessing Odd One Out is going to be pretty popular...
Reviewed in the United States on 20 August 2018
Dare I call this a 'cute' story?? I definitely liked the characters in first person, they did a good job of describing their insecurities. As a rule, I don;t like to give away a whole lot of plot, so what I would like to say is that I believe that this book is an attempt to show that it is okay to question yourself, your identity, who and what you like, etc... In that sense, I think the book was a five star book - I believe that the target audience, mid to late teens, will be much more receptive. I thought the kids were a bit archetypal, and the parents were paper thin. Again, not sure the author cared, because all of that was peripheral to getting her message out to kids she thinks might need to hear it.
As a parent, as a curious amateur sociologist.... I think this is an important book to read, It will put some interesting ideas in your head that are much easier to digest than some dry textbook or political ideologue!! Confusing?? Read the book, you'll get what I am writing about... :)
If you are not cemented to the right - or the left - with regard to kids and their sexuality (or the fact that kids even HAVE sex).,. I recommend this book. If you are... then avoid, because your head would explode!!