Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Odd One Out

From the author of Dear Martin comes this exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.Courtney "Coop" CooperDumped. 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 ChinI 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 hi...

Details Odd One Out

TitleOdd One Out
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Fiction

Reviews Odd One Out

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    When I read Dear Martin from this author last year, I enjoyed it and found the plot important enough to give it a high rating, but something about it didn’t quite “click” with me, so I was super apprehensive about reading Odd One Out. On one hand, I was wary that it, like its predecessor, would leave me feeling as though something was missing—on the other hand, with such a diverse cast, my hopes couldn’t help but ride high. Unfortunatel...
  • Larry H
    4.5 stars.Courtney Aloysius Cooper IV ("Coop") has been in love with his best friend Jupiter for as long as he can remember. He knows she is a lesbian so he knows a romantic relationship between the two will never happen, but that doesn't stop him from thinking about her all the time. Plus, it doesn't help that they spend almost all of their free time together since they live next door to each other and their families are intertwined. Heck, he ev...
  • may ➹
    me, before reading this book: god, if you’re out there, please don’t let me hate this book as much as I hate its coverme, after reading this book: god, if you’re out there, why do you hate me
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    I'm flip-flopping between a 3 and a 4 on this one bc it was both unrealistic and messy as hell, while also being super realistic and messy as hell. There were certain things about the plot that I found completely unbelievable and really distracted me from the story, but I still really enjoyed the relationships and the complexities between Coop and Jupiter and Rae. Their connections could have been plucked right out of my own high school experienc...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Wow, do I ever wish I had this book during high school. It was so relatable to something similar I went through, and which I’ve never seen represented in YA before. It was funny and real. And oh gosh, Coop is a precious cinnamon roll! I wanted to be friends with these characters so badly; they were all so funny and warm.
  • Acqua
    Odd One Out is a book about how it's like to be a questioning teenager in a world that doesn't like people who do not fit into a box. I don't think I've ever read anything similar and I really appreciated what it was trying to accomplish, but I'm not sure it succeeded.It follows three characters:➡ Courtney Cooper: straight black boy in love with his best friend, even though he knows she will never feel the same way because she's a lesbian.➡ J...
  • Ava
    ARCs are out in the world, so I can finally talk about this book - and believe me when I say Nic really has outdone herself with ODD ONE OUT. It's one of the best books I read in 2017, and I can't express how perfect it is and how the representation of both sexuality and race is going to change lives when it releases. It's unique, funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and most of all, just like DEAR MARTIN, it's so achingly real. I loved every page...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 🌸 full review now posted! It was messy but I feel like the message it was trying to give is very important. I just didn't love the execution.This is a book about how complicated it is to navigate personhood, relationships, past trauma, identity, social pressure, and basically everything else you might find yourself havin...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    A wonderfully, infuriating and messy story.I don’t know how else to describe this other than messy but in the best way. It portrayed the painfully messy inner workings of being a teen, the messy journey of discovering yourself and the mess that is society and the messages that, no matter how hard you try, you can’t quite escape.So yeah, it was a mess but a brilliantly written one. It was funny, stressful, lighthearted, heavy and authentic. Th...
  • abi
    jupiter for two thirds of this book: ‘i’m a lesbian’jupiter when she gets her own pov: ‘yeet i like boys but i’m a lesbian but also maybe not who knows?’this book was messy, messy, messy. part of me can’t believe it was actually written by a queer woman. three povs in just over three hundred pages made it feel like i never really got to know any of the main characters, never mind the supporting characters. courtney was whiny, rae wa...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    I received a digital copy for review via NetGalley!Odd One Out was such a huge disappointment, after being very interested in the coming-of-age, discovering yourself and exploring sexuality story-line. We follow three POVs of three teens: Courtney, Rae and Jupiter who are all in high school and navigating their way through the powers of friendships and relationships. I don't often do this but I would like to leave a link to another Goodreads revi...
  • Kayla Brunson
    10/22/18Now that I'm thinking about this book again, I lowered it down to two stars. I have so many more things that I disliked more than I liked.*****************I didn't love this like I thought that I would. To be honest my thoughts are still all over the place. So much of this could have been cleared up with communication. This book is told in three parts. We get the POV of each character. We have Coop, Rae, and Jupiter. Coop has been in lov...
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    At the start of the year, I read Dear Martin by Nic Stone and rated it 4,5 cupcakes so you can say I was quite excited to hear about her new novel. Not to mention there'd be queer characters. I was sold, needed it. Then I actually finished it, was torn and.. the more time passed, the more upset I got with this book so.. are you ready for this? Because this isn't going to be pretty..As in Dear Martin, diversity is definitely a huge theme in this b...
  • Ashley
    This book would have changed my life if I'd had it when I was 16. It's about figuring out who it's okay to love and the thin lines between friendship and romance and sex. It's about how messy love can be, and about how it's okay to be unsure about everything. And it is damn good.Oh how I love it so. I can't wait for you all to read it.
  • Natalia
    This was one of the worst books I've ever read. It's was supposed to deal with issues such as sexuality, race, feeling out of place and other teenage problems, but it didn't succeed in representing any of them. In the end it turned out to homophobic, biphobic and just generally had no idea how teenagers think. The story is separated in 3 parts and every part is told from the point of view of one of the characters Cooper, Rae and Jupiter. There wi...
  • Giulia
    Unpopular Opinion Time 🐸☕DNF @17%Nope. This is not working, and I'm sorry. After loving Dear Martin I was highly anticipating this new book by Nic Stone, and I'm sorry to say that I'm disappointed.The writing style felt too juvenile - almost childish - and it just didn't flow nicely. The characters, I just simply COULD NOT STAND FOR THE LIFE OF ME. And the relationship felt hallow and unnatural. Moreover, I'm not a fan of the whole "best fri...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...Courtney (Coop) and Jupiter have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Coop has always had a crush on Jupe, only problem is that she will never like him back as she identifies as a lesbian. When new girl Rae comes to town and both teens find themselves becoming interested in her, things get a bit messy.I think this is a gre...
  • jaroda
    In Nic Stone's latest, we meet Courtney, Jupiter and Rae, three friends who have got a lot to figure out. About each other and about themselves.One story. Three sides. No easy answers.Feels sorta cliche to say, but this definitely is a book I wish I had when I was younger. It was real. It was messy. Sometimes it was Real Messy. And I loved every bit of it.Nic spins out three distinct personalities in separate POVs that paint the larger picture of...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Odd One Out wasn't really what I was expecting out of this bisexual love triangle book. It's a decent readalike for Julie Murphy's Ramona Blue if you thought that one didn't have sufficient drama. It's sort of Ramona Blue meets Dawson's Creek.Odd One Out consists of three POVs: Courtney "Coop" Cooper, Rae Chin, and Jupiter Charity-Sanchez. Rather than switching back and forth, the book's broken into three sections and they proceed in the listed o...
  • Cori Reed
    I really enjoyed this. Perfectly explores the complicated reality of young relationships, platonic and otherwise.
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars I received an Arc of this book in exchange of an honest reviewCW: panic attack, childhood trauma, abandonnement, talk of death of a parent.Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders I truly am a fan. I was after reading Dear Martin but I’m even more so after reading Odd One Out. This book made me feel seen in ways not many books have achieved before. It was hands down one of my most anticipated releases f...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    This book was incredibly messy, but in a very good way. It perfectly encapsulates how messy attraction can be and how confusing labels are and I loved it. Also, fun fact: before reading this book I was thinking about how I miss having crushes on people, but while reading this book I thought "never mind, this is way too stressful"
  • Isabella
    2.5 starsThis was … disappointing.Don't get me wrong: Odd One Out is easily one of the most diverse and honest books I've ever read. I was so excited to read about these three protagonists of colour, two of which are questioning their sexual identities. And there's so much important stuff in this book – about labels especially, how sometimes you might choose a label for yourself that doesn't fit anymore when you learn more about yourself, and...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    *4.5 stars*I feel so seen and so validated after finishing this book. Odd One Out deals heavily with identity and the process of questioning the things you thought were certain about yourself. I wish I could go back in time and throw this book at my teen self who was grappling with her attractions to women.
  • joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
    Odd One Out has the closest representation of a Love Triangle I've ever read in YA lit. Truly. The story engages the complexities of sexual identity and fluidity, intersectionalism, and non-traditional families through three separate "novellas" -- each novella being a different character POV but all of which feeds back into the linearity of the story itself. And to top it all off, it has Nic's signature dialogue and humour.Problems? Yeah, I've go...
  • Gary Anderson
    In her 2014 Ted Talk “The Danger of a Single Story,” novelist Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie said, “I’ve always felt that it is impossible to engage properly with a place or person without engaging with all of the stories of that place and that person.” Literature critic Edward W. Said also recognized the complexity of human identity in Culture and Imperialism: “No one today is purely one thing.” But many people—adolescents included—t...