[Read] ➯ I Wish You All the Best By Mason Deaver – Diclofenac16.us

I Wish You All the Best When Ben De Backer Comes Out To Their Parents As Nonbinary, They Re Thrown Out Of Their House And Forced To Move In With Their Estranged Older Sister, Hannah, And Her Husband, Thomas, Whom Ben Has Never Even Met Struggling With An Anxiety Disorder Compounded By Their Parents Rejection, They Come Out Only To Hannah, Thomas, And Their Therapist And Try To Keep A Low Profile In A New School.But Ben S Attempts To Survive The Last Half Of Senior Year Unnoticed Are Thwarted When Nathan Allan, A Funny And Charismatic Student, Decides To Take Ben Under His Wing As Ben And Nathan S Friendship Grows, Their Feelings For Each Other Begin To Change, And What Started As A Disastrous Turn Of Events Looks Like It Might Just Be A Chance To Start A Happier New Life.At Turns Heartbreaking And Joyous, I Wish You All The Best Is Both A Celebration Of Life, Friendship, And Love, And A Shining Example Of Hope In The Face Of Adversity.

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  • Audiobook
  • I Wish You All the Best
  • Mason Deaver
  • English
  • 10 August 2017
  • 9781338357240

    10 thoughts on “[Read] ➯ I Wish You All the Best By Mason Deaver – Diclofenac16.us


  1. says:

    The beginning of I Wish You All the Best jarred me It kicked up a riot of emotions each word a lash, wrenching out your breath and dealing blows to your insides Benjamin De Backer, buoyant with hopes of swift acceptance, is planning on coming out as non binary to their parents The reader is spared the immediate fallout but the imagination conjures up enough horrors What we see is Benjamin s life as if held aloft by their own hand, and in an instant, it spun away from them Benjamin, barefoot, feeling like a stray helium balloon drifting on the currents as they walked to a payphone to call an estranged sister they haven t seen, or spoken to, in a decade.Hope roots faintly in Benjamin s heart when their sister and her husband welcome them to their home But every hour some new bruise was upon Benjamin, some new ache, always weary, always burdened The ground beneath them has never felt precarious, and their life has become a cold sinking tangle of fear and anger and doubt Their parents rejection scratched at them, and they were wearying under the burden of constantly coming out to everyone, and then dreading their reaction Benjamin seemed to be in a lull, a strange pocket of emptiness into which no one came, and they were never threatened But with the support of their best friend, who is a non binary Muslim immigrant, and a burgeoning friendship with their classmate Nathan who was like cheer in a bottle, Benjamin feels the shiver of a new hope forming, a new space opening up wide enough for them to stand in Maybe some renewed vestige of life was in them yet the last tatters of Benjamin s hopes blooming afresh.Mason Deaver, the debut author of this book, is nonbinary themself and Benjamin s story had come crawling out of their own heart The author s voice is simultaneously tender and reverent but it also falls like an axe blade, sharp and severing The novel s cold touch is like fingertips slipping beneath your clothes and wrapping around your heart, making turmoil bubble up through the tightness in your chest before it catches you up in a soft, opened warmth I do not doubt that this story is going to be cathartic for a lot of readers and I m glad it exists.With that being said, my primary critique of Deaver s single minded coming of age novel is a longing for this unnameable thing that slips from my brain like sand held in an open palm The book s heart and dazzle does not always help it overcome much of its dryness I was often threatened by a sense of ennui as, for most of the novel, the plot just plods along, and it isn t long before Benjamin s voice grows distant, like far off waves Deaver builds believable secondary characters, but they beg for page time The development of familial attachments alongside romantic and platonic ones could have carried a lot vivacity, but the author plays it close to the chest I found myself many times wishing this scene or that conversation fully played out, because instead of parlaying them, the author often only gives you just a glimpse, and then they re off, running to the next thing Again, I wanted , but some moments never come to fruition.That is not to say of course that there s nothing lovely in I Wish You All the Best The story, which is a gentle but unyielding reminder that the body s need to speak its truth is primal and profound, and that compassion and love can overcome intolerance, warmed the cockles of my heart Benjamin s journey put so much hope in me and I m glad I picked up this book I hope many readers find their way to Deaver s novel for it will doubtless change a lot of lives wishlist blog twitter tumblr


  2. says:

    Well I wrote this book, so my review is probably biased Either way this is the book of my heart, I never thought people would believe in this story, but I ve never been happier to be so, so, so wrong This book may be the closest I get to writing myself It deals with anxiety, depression, coming out and identity, and first love, and it s absolutely so important to me.I hope you all enjoy it when you get the chance to read it.


  3. says:

    Don t ignore the problems Learn from them But also don t knock what you get right Every success deserves a celebration Oh the feeling of mile high expectations actually being fulfilled pure bliss I have waited so long for this book to be released and it checks every single box A wonderful, emotional, important and romantic read I Wish You All the Best tells the story of Ben, who is nonbinary, who prefers the pronouns they them, who, after coming out to their parents, is kicked out of the house and has to take refuge at their sister s, whom they haven t seen in 10 years At their new school, they meet Nathan, a captivating boy who may or may not be the cutest human the world has ever seen chances are high, though But Ben struggles with anxiety, panic attacks and depression This definitely translated onto the pages of the book I often felt hopeless, was frustrated with the absence of feelings, with Ben not being able to say anything but Yeah , with the plot not going anywhere because the world stops moving when anxiety overwhelms you At least that s what I felt like reading it Luckily, Ben slowly opened up to the people around them, to their therapist and eventually to Nathan and their sister It was a heartfelt book with an easygoing writing style and a slow burning romance The kind of romance where it couldn t be obvious that the attraction is mutual but still these stupid dorks wait till the very last minute to confess their feelings.The only criticism I have is that I wished the side characters had received of a backstory They all had depth and felt real enough, but I was curious about them About Ben s sister and their brother in law, about Maleika and Sophie, about Nathan I wouldn t have minded an additional 100 pages if this meant that we d get to see of them.I want to stress how important it is that queer writers write queer stories No cis or straight person would have been able to write such a complex and truthful book about life, coming out, falling in love as a nonbinary person I always say that representation and inclusion matter, not only because people might recognise parts of themselves in the characters, but also because it teaches kids and teenagers compassion, acceptance, and empathy early on If every teenager read this book, the world would be much kinder and tolerant Stories have so much power and influence, and that s why it s important to promote and support queer voices that have mostly gone unheard until now I Wish You All the Best was my first novel with a nonbinary character that was at the centre of the story instead of the sidelines I hope we will get to see of that in the future.Find of my books on Instagram


  4. says:

    A soft, sweet, and incredibly important story about a non binary teen finding their voice This book is going to be so important to so many people.


  5. says:

    I am finally going to be able to read Mason s book CAN YOU BELIEVE Update after reading December 3rd, 2018 4.5 5This book has not been undersold in the least It is heartfelt, loving, difficult, and wonderful in every way Becky s blurb isn t lying it is indeed quietly groundbreaking and will, without a doubt, save lives Prepare yourselves for an incredible, beautiful debut in 2019, friends.


  6. says:

    This was suUuUuUuUuch a great read I learned so much and also just fell head over heels for these characters What an important book TW misgendering, homophobia, anxiety, depression


  7. says:

    whatever happens, I wish you all the best, Ben De Backer THIS WAS EVERYTHING This is such a groundbreaking YA book following a non binary teen that is genuinely going to change lives It was sadder than I expected, with of a family focus rather than romance, but I really loved what it was doing and how it covered so much in such a short time Ben was a great main character, I liked that their reactions seemed realistic for the situation, and I felt they were a character that existed rather than was necessarily designed to be liked or a teaching mechanism Nathan was a huge angel and I loved him I just wish there were interactions between Ben and Nathan to build their chemistry and relationship , though I do love their romance Overall this is a wonderful, and necessary book that tackled a lot of issues around homophobia, transphobia, living as a non binary person and queer experiences big recemmondand maybe bigger review to come


  8. says:

    This is the kind of story that could change your life.


  9. says:

    Yes, yes, YES I loved this book so much Ben De Backer has finally decided it s time they come out to their parents as nonbinary While Ben knows their parents, particularly their father, are difficult and have strong religious beliefs, in the end Ben thinks that their parents should be okay with their coming out Ben is their child after all, right Ben couldn t have been wrong Their parents kick Ben out of the house and with nowhere to turn, not even shoes on their feet, Ben turns to their estranged sister, Hannah, who left home 10 years ago and never looked back.Although it takes a moment for Hannah and her husband, Thomas, to understand what nonbinary even means, there s no question that they will take Ben into their home Hannah feels so much guilt about leaving Ben behind with their parents all those years ago, and Ben only knew she was married via social media But Hannah is determined to help Ben deal with the stress of accepting their identity coupled with their parents rejection Like, what do you do when your parents kick you out of your house When your entire life is upheaved, all because you wanted to come out, to be respected and seen, to be called the right pronouns As Ben tries to settle into a new high school for one last semester before graduation, they hope to keep a low profile But that plan is quickly thwarted when Ben meets Nathan Allan, whose charm and humor make him seem almost larger than life Nathan wants to be Ben s friend and doesn t understand why they keep pushing him away, so little by little Ben s defenses come down and they open up to the idea of Nathan s friendship, and in turn, Nathan s best friends as well It s difficult, though, to be close with people from whom you re keeping your true self secret, but Ben isn t interested in the possibility of rejection again While Ben tries to reconcile their conflicted feelings toward Hannah and deal with panic attacks and anxiety, they re also frightened by how much Nathan is starting to mean to them Can Ben find the courage to let Nathan know the truth about them Would Nathan push them away And even if Nathan were interested in them, is it worth exploring when Nathan is set to leave North Carolina for college in just three months Dealing with just one of these issues is tough for anyone, but all of them compounded prove immensely challenging for Ben They find themselves turning and to their therapist and Mariam, their only nonbinary friend, with whom Ben speaks via Skype and text Mariam has made a career from their experiences accepting their identity and living their life openly, and they want Ben to do the same I Wish You All the Best is a beautiful, moving book about everyone s right to be happy with who they are, and their need to be surrounded by love and friendship It s such an amazing story about how you can t tackle all of your problems on your own only by letting people in can you start to achieve happiness and self acceptance At times it s a difficult book to read, because of the emotions and challenges Ben has to deal with, and how difficult it is for them to communicate how they feel, but it seemed immensely realistic, and I found myself hoping that Ben would find their way through this.Mason Deaver brought so much humor, emotion, and hope to this book These characters were amazing I read the entire thing in just a few hours and loved it so much I really found it a tremendous learning experience for me, because I ll admit I don t know nearly enough about nonbinary people I hope this book gets into the hands of those who need it most.If you follow my reviews you know how much I marvel at the tremendous amount of talent in the YA genre in particular I love the courage and boldness with which these authors tackle difficult subjects, and I am so thankful that there are so many authors like Deaver willing to share their own struggles with readers in the hope they can reach those who need to hear, and see, that progress and happiness and acceptance may seem impossible to fathom, but it truly is possible See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at


  10. says:

    Am so here for books that quietly open the door to my heart and then yell I M NEVER LEAVINGGGG Because yes This book Yes It was so heartfelt and vulnerable, with characters I quickly decided I d die for I am nothing if not lowkey, obviously and so many scenes that made me want to cry in the best possible way I justI sincerely think everyone should read this, ok Like I say that for so many books, but not only am I internally screaming because I just love it as a book and story, but it also so needs to be read to open everyone s eyes to really explain how your mental health is affected by being closeted and rejected for who you are how so so hard it is on teens but on anyone too to be rejected by your parents who should love and protect you the agony of living a life that isn t true to you in Ben s case, constant misgendering what it s truly like to go through panic attacks triggers how terrifying it can be to come outI m not saying that lgbtqia books need to exist to educate allies But reading, I ve always believed, is like walking in someone else s shoes and reading this was absolutely like being Ben for 300pgs You feel their pain, their panic, their love, their passions for art and their need to just be viewed as a worthwhile human who deserves happiness EVERYONE deserves that And everyone needs to work on their empathy to really understand what it s like Like every time Ben was misgendered and it hurt them physically I felt that pain too So the book is just excellently well written with the emotions as well.But at its core, I do believe this book is a warm and loving hug to enby teens And it made me cry for that It is a story with sadness, but it is a story that is so lovingly full of hope, that you ll finish and close the cover feeling like you deserve a place in this world to take up space living true to yourself and who you were born to be I love this book for that It s so important.When Ben comes out to their parents, they re immediately thrown out of the house in the dead of winter s night They end up being picked up by their estranged sister, Hannah, who basically disappeared from home the second she was 18 because of the terrible way the parents treated her They weren t physically abusive, but they were intentionally cruel, so strict, and like from chapter one you could see they only cared about Ben s grades About how successful Ben would benot about Ben themself and how they were coping Subtly cruel parents are really common in life, so it really broke my heart Like how could you toss out your child, that you said you loved how.Ben s mental health was also another thing I felt was written super accurately As someone with anxiety and depression too, I connected to Ben instantly The panic attacks, sure But the anxiety spirals The ingrained belief that you re annoying people, that you don t deserve love because you re a mess Ben IS a mess, but dammit, they still deserve the world And their friendship with Nathan was this beautiful slowburn tumbling into trust and affection that I couldn t get enough of Nathan is like YELLOW and SUNSHINE and TERRIBLE JOKES and WELCOMING OPENNESS And Ben is over there with their art and hair in their face giving off don t talk to me ever vibes I love that mix ok Favourite trope And there was no Ben must be cured of their anxiety and turned into a 100% happy well person at the end either They got therapy and they got friends and they got love which helped so so much But they were Ben on page 1 and Ben on the last page And that s what I love in mental health books Unconditional love from good people to those that need it most.Basically I could gush forever The book meant a lot to me for so many reasons, not just the mental health relatability, that I can t explain further right now and overall it s a story about acceptance and being told you re worth something, set against the backdrop of an intolerant world.Also the cover is SO FRIKKIN PERFECT and cute because you have no idea how hard it was for Ben to lean against someone and they re right there leaning on Nathan AND I JUST

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