Title: The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy by B.T. Gottfred
Genre: Young Adult, Diverse, Romance, Coming-of-age, Gender
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. May 8, 2018
My rating: ☆☆☆☆ ½ (4.5/5 stars)
“A thousand yeses.”
“A thousand yeses?”
“Would you prefer just one yes?”
“No, in fact, for you and I, I don’t think a thousand is nearly enough.”
So this book.
I’ll be honest: I loved the story concept, but with the reviews that I’ve heard about the author’s other books…I was a little weary. But his writing style for this book totally works with the vibe and the characters of the book. You fall instantly in love with Zee and Art and you never want to leave their world. It tackles sexuality and gender in such a way that everyone can understand. There were some parts that (I must say) were boring, but it was so action-packed, that you almost miss the “boring” details.
I read this book in a day. Yep, you heard me right: I finished it in a day. That’s how fast the story goes along.
I love, specifically, when they talked about gender, it wasn’t just black and white. It was a spectrum of gender(ness?) That some may feel more masculine than others, some feel more feminine than others, while others do not feel any gender, etc. It was painted beautifully.
I loved the romance aspect of it (and I’ll get more into that in the spoilery section!)
This book is unique and beautiful and Art is the manic pixie dream boy we’ve all been looking for!
I gave this book 4.5 stars!
The romance between Art and Zee was so beautiful because she didn’t know if she loved him for being him or for having more “feminine” traits. Which begged the question, if she liked him for being “feminine”, does that mean she likes females? Because in all honesty, I don’t know many people who feel like she does who hasn’t asked themselves that question.
I do love how they explored those feelings instead of running away from them. Does Zee like girls or “feminine” guys? Does Art like dudes or “masculine” women? What do they like? Who do they like?
Love isn’t black and white. It’s an assortment of colors, shapes, sizes, and intensities. Some women love men, some women love women, some men love men, some men love women, some people love men, some people love women, some don’t fall in love, but have beautiful relationships with people. I love how B.T. Gottfred said this powerful thing in just a few sentences:
THE UNIVERSE WANTS YOU TO FIND PARTNERSHIP
YOU WANT IN WHATEVER WAY