Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt

Title: It Looks Like This 
Author: Rafi Mittlefehldt
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Format: Paperback
Age Group: Young Adult 
Genre:  GLBTQ Romance

A new state, a new city, a new high school. Mike's father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don't want to go. Dad wants Mike to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, but there's something uneasy behind his demands. Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and "hey" becomes games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school. A night at the beach. The fierce colors of sunrise. But Mike's father is always watching. And so is Victor from school, cell phone in hand. In guarded, Carveresque prose that propels you forward with a sense of stomach-dropping inevitability, Rafi Mittlefehldt tells a wrenching tale of first love and loss that exposes the undercurrents of a tidy suburban world. 

There are moments people have when they are walking through target and you just happen to stumble upon the book section where you just see a book and know that you need to buy it...or is that just me? 
Anyways, this is the book I knew I had to buy and it is a book that I am glad I did. 

I can't tell you enough how hard it is to read books like this but also how important it is to read book like this. Centering around two teens, Mike and Sean, we follow these two as they find themselves within each other as well as the struggles they must face growing up in a family where being gay is out of the question. 

This book really does justice when tackling issues of homosexuality, religion, and how the views of people can have both a positive and negative effect on a person's well being. Mittlefehldt tackles teen suicide in a way that allows readers to be informed about the ignorance of people's actions and the lives that are lost to homophobic views. 

I haven't cried in a while after reading a book and I can honestly tell you the tissues were brought out with this one. In a book where love is pushed to its limits and will leave you broken at the end. Mittlefehldt writes a book that although is heart breaking is an important story to tell. Not all stories have happy endings but it is important that we read about them. 

I give this book 5 souls! 

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