Book Review: Odd One Out by Nic Stone

OddOneOutOdd One Out by Nic Stone

Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on October 9, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 320 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl. 

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.

I was super impressed with Nic Stone’s Dear Martin but Odd One Out completely blew me away. It was an open, honest portrayal of high school life and love in all of it’s ridiculousness. From confusing feelings and found families, this book truly captures the essence of the teen years. Told with three points of view, each voice stood on it’s own. Plus the chapter headings were so fitting for each character.

There’s Coop, a black basketball player/cheerleader who’s been in love with his best friend for ages. He’s such a sweetheart and tries so hard. Jupiter, Coop’s best friend, is a lively afro-latina queer girl who should not be messed with. She’s passionate about helping others and while she tried not to show it Jupiter is a bit of a romantic. Rae’s the new girl in town, biracial and dealing with abandonment issues. She’s a sweet girl and while her arrival throws things into disarray, Rae’s a pretty chill person.

These three make up a a pretty intense love triangle that totally makes sense but is all sorts of twisty. The feelings at play are all over the place and this book delves deeply into sexuality and those questioning their own. All three of them make a lot of mistakes but each person has to work through them in their own way. I cannot forget mentioning Golly and Britain who rounded out the friend group and brought a lot of humor to the story.

Overall Odd One Out by Nic Stone is a brilliant contemporary capturing the complexity of young love, labels, and high school life. Coop, Rae, and Jupiter were great characters facing rough dynamics and the way Stone explored every single one was incredible. The messiness of friendships and relationships was truly on point and I absolutely recommend picking this up!!!!

Have you read Odd One Out? Do you enjoy the realness of high school stories?

Let me know in the comments below!

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