It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt
Expected publication: September 6th 2016
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.
I’m bothered by a lot of things about this book.
The complete lack of quotation marks with the dialogue so annoying and I didn’t see how it benefited the story. It made the entire story seem very flat and didn’t have any emotion. I didn’t find this book to be particularly different from a bunch of other books that I’ve read. The plot was very similar to other LBGTQ+ books that I’ve read and I was kind of bored by it.
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