It's been a quiet year for me, blog wise. I've had a lot of personal issues, particularly related to my mental health, that have kept me from posting. One of the things that has gotten me through is doing what I do best, losing myself in a good story. Although I haven't written many reviews, I've read some fantastic books this year that have uplifted me during some of my darkest times. In order to ring in the New Year and give thanks for my many blessings, I'm asking you, my readers, to share the books that made the biggest impact on you this past year! I'm going to do my best to post a few of my favorites during this month as well, so follow along as I celebrate the gifts of inspiration and creativity. ~Carly
The Best Book I Read in 2017
The History of Us
by Nyrae Dawn
Genres: Contemporary, Gay (M/M), Young Adult/New Adult Romance
Length: 184 pages
Sometimes it's not about coming out, it's about settling in.
Eighteen-year-old Bradley Collins came out a year ago and hasn't looked back since. Who cares if he doesn’t know any other gay people? Bradley has friends and basketball—that’s all he needs. Even if that means always sitting on the sidelines when the guys go out looking for girls.
When cute film-boy TJ tries to flirt with Bradley while his friends are doing their thing, he freaks. Yeah, he’s gay, but he’s never had the opportunity to go out with a boy before. He’s never had to worry about how his friends will react to seeing him with a guy.
Bradley accompanies TJ on a road trip to film TJ’s senior project documentary. In each city they visit, they meet with people from different walks of life, and Bradley learns there’s a whole lot more to being honest about himself than just coming out. He still has to figure out who he really is, and learn to be okay with what he discovers.
I gave The History of Us 5 of 5 stars and shelved it as one of my Best Books Evah on Goodreads because of how deeply Bradley and TJ's journey of discovery, both for themselves and the people they interviewed for the documentary, resonated with me. It transcended sexuality and delved into the essence of humanity, brought me to tears (which isn't easy to do) and changed the way I look at the world. If you only read one book in the next year, I recommend it be The History of Us.
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