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Date Me Bryson Keller by Kevin Van Whye - Review

Thursday, June 3, 2021


Where did I get it?
I'd heard good things about it, and I saw on Twitter last November that it was 99p on Kindle, so I bought it then. I actually didn't realise it was so long ago until I just went to look at the order! 


What's it about? Kai Sheridan is 17 and a senior at a private high school in a town near LA in California. He lives with his parents and his sister Yazz, and the family is quite religious and somewhat conservative. Kai is gay, but he's not out to anyone in his life. 

He's at a New Year's Eve party with his best friends Priya and Donny, who are a couple, when top jock Bryson Keller gets dared to date a different person every week - whoever asks him out first thing at school on Monday morning. If he forfeits, he'll have to ride the school bus every day after spring break instead of driving his beloved Jeep. 

So for like eight weeks, this is what happens. Bryson gets asked out, he fake dates the girl all week, and then on Friday afternoon, they break up. Kai doesn't really pay too much attention because he's not in the popular circles, and because he has a crush on Isaac, who's in his drama class.

But then, one Monday, a whole load of things go wrong for Kai and Bryson, and they end up paired together for a drama project. Kai, frustrated, says "Date me, Bryson Keller!" There's nothing in the rules that says it has to be a girl to ask Bryson out, but because Kai is closeted still, they'll have to keep it secret. Bryson agrees. 

Then, by Wednesday, it seems like maybe Kai has feelings for Bryson - and that they are reciprocated. Bryson doesn't think he's gay, but he is figuring a few things out about himself - and he does like Kai. 

But what will happen when the week is over? And why are there some kids at school who just can't seem to leave them alone?

I liked this book and there's some really cute romantic bits. If I was fifteen I'd be swooning all over it! 

I will say there's some homophobic activity and language, and some violence, which I think need noting. 


What age range is it for? Thirteen plus 


Are any main characters LGBTQ+? Yep! Kai is, obviously, and I really loved how Bryson was working out his sexuality. 


Are any main characters people of colour? Yes, Kai is mixed race - his dad is Black and South African and his mum is White. 


Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? No I don't think so 


Is there any sex stuff? No 


Are drugs mentioned or used? No 


Is there any talk of death? No 


Are there swear words? No I don't think so 

 

What criticisms do I have? For me as an adult I wanted something MORE from it, but I think I'm not being fair because I'm an adult. I know I'd have loved this book if I was a teenager. I'd probably be writing fic about it! 


Would I recommend the book? Yes absolutely 


Why did I choose to read it at this point in life? I had just heard good things about it and wanted to read it!
 

What do I think of the cover? It's cute! 

What other books is it like? I can't think of any specifically, but I like the fake dating trope 


How many stars? Four out of five.

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