The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart by R. Zamora Linmark

The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart

Readers of Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) and Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X) will pull out the tissues for this tender, quirky story of one seventeen-year-old boy's journey through first love and first heartbreak, guided by his personal hero, Oscar Wilde.Words have always been more than enough for Ken Z, but when he meets Ran at the mall food court, everything changes. Beautiful, mysterious Ran opens the door to a number of firsts for Ke...


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TitleThe Importance of Being Wilde at Heart
Author
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
PublisherDelacorte
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, LGBT, Romance, Contemporary
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Reviews The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart

  • Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
    2019-08-12
    3.5/5 Rounded up to 4.I adored this book. It was so quirky and wonderful and at the heart so very, very, Wilde-esque. Ken is a young man who loves Oscar Wilde, lists, Haikus, his mom and his friends. But is there more to life? His world expanded the day he meets Ran, a young man with a Dorian Gray vibe from North Kristol.This book is made up of Ken's thoughts, whether he's speculating with Oscar Wilde himself, writing a haiku, poem, or list, or s...
  • Michael
    2019-09-02
    Well it certainly was different. Stocked with poetry and dystopian prophecy. The first half had meet cute, romance, intrigue. The second had despair and longing and oppression. The concluding half had...nope, only two halves, people. It was quick but I can’t say good after Ran ran. It could have been so much more. The fictional world of a poor but free country taken over by a warring neighbor is powerful. Unfortunately this book became muddled ...
  • Kelly
    2019-08-10
    What I thought might be a "wrong side of the tracks" story actually had nothing to do with their classism keeping them apart. Ran just... ran. I thought that was a little disappointing. What would become a theme through this book is how it never really unpacks its many themes. The aforementioned classism, homophobia, banned books, government control over access to information, just to name a few, only really get passing mentions and rarely have m...
  • Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
    2019-08-12
    3.5/5 I adored this book. It was so quirky and wonderful and at the heart so very, very, Wilde-esque. Ken is a young man who loves Oscar Wilde, lists, Haikus, his mom and his friends. But is there more to life? His world expanded the day he meets Ran, a young man with a Dorian Gray vibe from North Kristol.This book is made up of Ken's thoughts, whether he's speculating with Oscar Wilde himself, writing a haiku, poem, or list, or showing us insigh...
  • Ceillie Simkiss
    2019-08-11
    FRTC.
  • Mari Johnston
    2019-07-16
    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.I’m not entirely sure what I just read. The synopsis for The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart makes the bold claim that this novel is for fans of Adam Silvera and Elizabeth Acevedo, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I saw no similarities and was quite disappointed. If you’re going to compare a title to other books, please make sure you are choosing simila...
  • Brenna Clark
    2019-05-12
    This novel was a harrowing account of first love; something that changes your life and opens your eyes to the world around you. We go through life feeding off of love from our parents, our friends, and then when we find that first someone that sets our heart aflame it is an experience unlike no other. We follow Ken Z, who is slowly figuring out who he is with the help of his mentor: Oscar Wilde. Through Wilde’s influence, he decides to ‘bunbu...
  • yvee
    2019-07-30
    thank you to netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!3 starsI absolutely loved the writing style of this story and I think that was the only thing that I loved about it. I really wanted to like this book more since I am a HUGE Oscar Wilde fan (not as much as Ken Z but still). I loved the haikus, the vignettes, the conversations between Ken Z and Oscar, but there was something lacking in this storytelling....
  • Colline Vinay Kook-Chun
    2019-08-28
    Fans of Oscar Wilde will love this novel because of all the Wilde references in the story. The main character, Ken Z, is a Wilde fan and meets another while bunburying (i.e., taking on another identity while visiting a place where you are not well-known). Ran lives on the other side of the island and has a completely different living experience to Ken Z. The relationship between the two boys is at times confusing for Ken Z. who then turns to Wild...
  • Anna Sward
    2019-07-13
    The Importance of Being Wilde at HeartI started this book thinking it was going to be a cutesty YA book with some Oscar Wilde references. I actually almost DNF because of just how cute and happy it is for the first part. It was too much. But then tragedy hits and this books takes a much deeper road. It tackles issues of identity, LGBTQ issues, acceptance, classism, corrupt government, and the importance of heartbreak. While seamlessly weaving Osc...
  • Tara Weiss
    2019-04-28
    About to waste the better part of an hour Googling the connection between Oscar Wilde and haiku, I changed my mind in favor of contemplating Ken Z's potential for becoming "Wilde at Heart." The prose story parts of this novel are pretty good; there is a lot of valid discussion of gender identity, class differences, and acceptance. While we've come so far, especially from Victorian England standards, there is more road ahead of us. But then the pl...
  • Chelsey
    2019-08-16
    Ken Z is obsessed with his literary hero, Oscar Wilde, so when a Dorian Gray lookalike interrupts him while reading at the mall, he’s understandably stunned. Ran, too, admits to loving Wilde, and the two teens fall into a whirlwind spring break romance. But when break ends, Ran starts to ghost Ken Z. Heartbroken and confused, Ken Z takes solace in the only thing that has ever comforted him - the power of words.Part poetry, part prose, and somet...
  • Yahaira
    2019-07-31
    thank you netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.DNF at 30%I'm sorry but no matter how much I tried to get into this book I just couldn't. I always try to finish what I'm reading but this was just too much for me.The concept for this book was really intriguing but things were really confusing for me and it's just not it for me.Maybe one day I'll read it through to the end but today is not that day.
  • Andi Pipner
    2019-08-19
    A great book! Its well written, the characters are relateable in the best and worse ways, and this book shows us how to deal with abandonment. I thought it was great because there is a sense of mystery, "What happened to Ran? Was he prostecuted? Were they found out? Why did he do it?". I think the author still wrote the ending well even if I dont agree with how it ended.
  • Jamie
    2019-03-17
    I’m someone who can engage with a book that’s obtuse and confusing in service of a story or the characters, but this book honestly made next to no sense.
  • yvee
    2019-07-22
    3 starsrtc cause I am Tired!
  • Erin
    2019-03-24
    3.5 Stars
  • Tomas
    2019-08-12
    DNF reading. What a mess of a book. I tried to read this book 4 separate times and just couldn't get into. Too much going on in this book it makes no sense what so ever. It's a no for me. I do love the cover though. It's bright and colorful. This is my honest opinion. Rating 2.5 (because of the cover)
  • Katie
    2019-06-18
    "Maybe I'm the D in the Multiple Choice of Sexuality, as in D) All of the above.Or E) A new category.Yes, E.I, Ken Z, as my own category." In order to get to a story about love being “worth the price of heartbreak,” The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart is going to ask you to make a long journey. “Multi-format” doesn’t begin to cover it; there are haikus and lists and message transcripts and prose sections and strange italicized tangen...
  • Loren
    2019-05-08
    A bit confusing at times but overall a good book and a fun read if you are a fan of Oscar Wilde's work.