This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

A fresh, charming rom-com perfect for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Boy Meets Boy about Nathan Bird, who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town.Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings.Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.Playing i...

Details This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

TitleThis Is Kind of an Epic Love Story
Release DateOct 30th, 2018
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreLgbt, Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Reviews This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

  • Adam Silvera
    Official blurb: This is Kind of an Epic Love Story is a bighearted rom-com that belongs on the big screen. This hilarious and breathless love story of two boys on the path to their happy ending beyond lives up to its title.SUPPORT THIS BOOK!!!!
  • Hollis
    Sadly, the only thing epic about this is how epically it did not live up to its title. There is plenty of diversity to be found in this novel but the awesome of that is totally negated by the frustrating af characters that were totally flat and/or annoying. Additionally there were endlessly repetitive emotional agonies that failed to inspire any kind of sympathy or feeling from this reader and just added to my overall frustration. Would not recom...
  • Brianna
    When I saw this book pop up on my feed a couple weeks ago, I was instantly intrigued. Friends-to-lovers? Diverse characters and representation? An epic love story? Sign me up for that please. It's safe to say that I was thrilled when I came across this book on Edelweiss and was approved for the ARC.This definitely seemed like it had tons of potential, but unfortunately, I was left slightly disappointed. The concept sounded much better than it en...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    2.75 StarsI had a hard time with this book. I wanted to love it so much, and I did enjoy it - I think. But so many of the characters frustrated me, and the story felt rushed at times so I found myself apathetic during long stretches of reading. This is Kind of an Epic Love Story follow Nathan Bird and Oliver James Hernandez, childhood best friends, who reconnect and discover they many have more than friendly feelings for each other.I really loved...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel:*I received this copy in exchange for my honest review!*3.5/5 Stars After his best friend, now ex-girlfriend Flo breaks up with him, 16-year old Nathan shies away from relationships in order to avoid further heartbreak. His childhood best friend Oliver James Hernandez, who he hasn't seen in 5 years, moves back to his old house across the...
  • Danni Maxwell
    Okay so let’s break this down because I have some things to say. I really liked the idea of this book. I did. But I think that’s where I draw the line. I liked that this book was very diverse, I mean it had a black bisexual MC with a deaf love interest! But I feel like the characters were very flat. They really didn’t have back stories, and they didn’t have much going on for them. They just didn’t wow me and make me love them. The story...
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  • Libra
    I'm sad. I'm really sad that I hated this book as much as I did. Maybe hate is a strong word, but while I was reading I felt sad, frustrated, annoyed and all kinds of other negative emotions.To start of, I was really excited about this book. I thought this was going to be a cute love story with some drama elements. A “rom-com” like some critics had called it. But can someone tell me, in what world would you call this a rom-com? In my eyes thi...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Between the books referenced in the synopsis and the too cute for words cover, I knew I had to read this book, and Callender delivered on everything that was promised.Nate was one super sweet and wonderfully awkward hero. Gosh! I loved him to bits! Nate was down with love, and feared letting himself fall again. He spent a lot of the book wrestling with his complicated feelings and complicated relationships, but that was all part of his journey. H...
  • Paz R.M.
    This was kind of an epic turd. Yikes.Listen, I'm gonna try hard to not be an asshole here, but I find it super difficult to see the reason this book was published. I mean, this book has the same depth and complexity of a wannabe hipster, but really really basic high schooler. It was cringey at times, repetitive af, and the MC made the dumbest decisions because of the dumbest reasons. It was a bit problematic, with the cheating and co-dependency, ...
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    *Disclaimer: An Advance Reader's Copy of This is Kind Of An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender was provided to me by Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.--Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars--I have had this book on my TBR for what feels like forever now and I finally had the chance to pick it up! Here are my quick thoughts on This Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story:What I Loved- LOVE LOVE LOVE the d...
  • Malanie
    This was really really cuttte!!!!!1. Our MC is black and bi and his love interest is deaf and this is A DIVERSE READ AND I LOVED THE SWEET DIVERSITY. So much good stuff????2. The MC takes time to learn ASL so he can talk to his boyyyy and this was beautiful 💕3. The friendships are given as much attention as the love story, particularly the MC’s friendship with his ex, who is his best friend4. The love story is best friends to lovers, w his c...
  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
    You can see my full review here!*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*This was so frustrating. Which led to me taking a while to figure out an actual rating. There’s so much I wanted to love about this…I was trying so hard for a two star… and then I started writing this review. And this review doesn’t sound like a three star review… and now I’m just irritated.The only r...
  • Jane
    2.5 stars. This book somehow managed to have more drama than a CW show, but was still boring. The only things I enjoyed about this were the diverse cast of characters (MC is black & bi, love interest is deaf/hard of hearing and signs) and the way sex is discussed. I also wish the author would have more directly translated ASL instead of just describing the hand motions with little to no context clues. I learned basic ASL in college and still had ...
  • Jamie
    I’m kind of conflicted by the recent influx of queer YA books, because while it’s amazing that these stories are becoming normalized, sometimes you get one like this which is just fine as a story but feels like it wouldn’t be substantive enough to be published if it wasn’t about two boys. I hate to be this critical but when you read as many YA books as I do you start to need more.
  • Benjamin
    I received ARC in exchange for an honest review. RTCI thought I will always love gay love stories...Well, I was wrong.
  • Alice
    I don’t have words for how happy this book made me. I relate so much to Nate’s anxieties and it was so lovely watching him come to terms with his fears.The first thing that struck me about this book is the effortless diversity. Queer characters are just allowed to exist without justifying themselves and their queerness is never the core issue or the source of their pain (and none of them are killed off!), which is such a breath of fresh air c...
  • Brittany
    3.5*Super cute. Super diverse. A ton of queer rep. Deaf rep.Nate was loveable and frustrating all rolled into a ball. He kind of lets his friends walk all over him because he's afraid of hurting anyone's feelings(Flo can piss right the hell off. She fully takes advantage of him and his love for her the whole fucking book). He's also scared of heartbreak, so you know that can make him kind of an asshole towards Ollie. Ollie who is adorable Like I ...
  • Eloise
    2.5 I'm sure some people will find this entertaining. Especially as there's good rep on many accounts, including a deaf boy and sign language.There was just way too much dumb teenage-drama for me.
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I liked this book a lot, but I just didn't love it. Like, I really liked the characters and their relationships because they were super messy and real, but they could get incredibly frustrating at times. I just have quite a few feelings on this which I'll probably express in a longer review, but I'd definitely recommend this book! 2 QPOC? Falling in love? The LI being Deaf? Just, YES
  • I.
    Awesome, fun, diverse, and kind. This Is a Fresh Kind of Love Story, And One That Will Make You Very, Very Happy.Full Review Here:
  • Elissa
    (2.5/5) (I also read the paperback ARC of this, so maybe some things were changed before final publication?)Unfortunately, this story was not epic. I hate to write a negative/so-so review about a book I was so intrigued to read, but I expected dramatics, high highs and low lows. I got none of that. So before I say my piece, I'll mention the pros (and why I was so excited about reading this): a diverse cast, with background white friends instead o...
  • Lizzy_Someone
    This is kind of an epic disappointment. The good: • Obviously, a book about a queer Black boy by a queer Black trans author is incredibly important and needed and I'm glad it exists. • The prose itself is competent, and the book was a quick read.• I like that it showed how certain romantic behaviors (view spoiler)[(such as declaring love or asking someone out in a big, public, highly visible way) (hide spoiler)] can turn out very badly. The...