Odd One Out by Nic Stone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wanted to love this book as much as Stone's debut - Dear Martin, but I just couldn't do it. Odd One Out is a story about finding oneself, being a good friend, first love (and lust), and so much more. It's messy, raw, and life for many teens (and even adults). But there were just too many things about Jupiter [Jupe], Courtney [Coop], and Rae that just didn't ring true for me. Teens will likely love this book, but aside from these characters internal struggles, life just seemed too easy for them as a whole.
Jupiter Charity-Sanchez is an out and proud lesbian, a feminist to the core, and is crushing on her two best friends (Rae-girl & Coop-boy?????).
Courtney Aloysius Cooper IV has it all - mad sports skills, girls falling at his feet, and a best friend who he's head-over-heels in love with. One big problem - she's a lesbian.
Rae Chin is the "new girl" at school, but as luck would have it, she's been befriended by the dynamic duo of Jupiter and Cooper, so she's got it made. Instant friends, widespread acceptance, and a confusing attraction to both of them (whaaat?).
Through each of their unique voices, Stone spins a tale of a friendship/love triangle that goes beyond your basic teen romance. Through Jupiter, Cooper, and Rae, readers dive into some very confused teen minds as they try to sort out sexuality, emotions, physical attraction, friendship, and all of the other chaos that is reality for many teens.
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