Friday, August 28, 2015

Early ARC Review: ~ MM ~ A Hard Day's Night by Mia Kerick

Mia Kerick

High school senior Kalin (Lennon) Macready knows several facts for certain: John Lennon is his hero. Beaumont Finley Danforth II (Fin) is his best friend. And—this is the complicated one—he feels more for Fin than mere friendship.

For weeks, Lennon pesters Fin, who like Lennon admits to questioning his sexual orientation, for a commitment to spend twenty-four hours together exploring “the gay side of life.” Fin reluctantly agrees. Each boy will seek to answer the daunting question, Am I gay? Lennon pre-plans the day, filling the hours with what he assumes “gay life” is all about: shopping for fashionable clothing, indulging in lavish dessert crepes, boogying to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, and yes, listening to show tunes.

However, Lennon quickly realizes that in creating his plan he has succumbed to the most common and distorted of gay stereotypes. Can he be gay and not fit them? And more importantly, is it possible that spending one very hard day and night together will help Fin accept that he’s gay, too? If so, maybe Lennon has a shot at winning the heart of the boy of his dreams.

“A Hard Day’s Night” is an amusing young adult contemporary romance about two boys who seek to discover if they must fulfill stereotypes to be together.

In the end, maybe all you need is love.

Length: 21,500 words

Genre: Young Adult LGBTQ Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Tracy's Review 

 Rating: 4 Stars

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher via Creative Minds in exchange for an honest review*

Kalin, better known as Lennon since he fell in love with John Lennon in middle school, plans "gay exploration day", so he and his BFF, Beaumont, better known as Fin can spend the day exploring the gay side of life. Lennon and Fin spend the day doing all the "stereotypical" things gay men are known for doing. Dancing and pierced ears anyone?

Lennon already knows he's gay, and in love with Fin. He plans this day, a 24 hour period, to see if Fin is gay and if he has the same feelings for Lennon. What will this experience show these two HS seniors?

This was a cute, funny and sweet story, with a couple of moments of heartbreak. The characters were very well developed. They were both likable and I just had to root for them to find love. The book flowed well and held my attention. The author had me singing along with John, Paul, George and Ringo. I loved the secondary character of Lennon's mom, Ruthie.

This was a very enjoyable read!

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