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Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Wrong Kind of Weird

Author: James Ramos

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Black MC, Black characters, Character with anxiety, Lesbian character, Queer character

Recommended For...: young adult readers, romance, anime, Pride and Prejudice, contemporary

Publication Date: January 3, 2023

Genre: YA Romance

Age Relevance: 16+ (sexual content, cursing, romance, underage alcohol consumption, drug use)

Explanation of Above: The book talks openly about sex and has some scenes with some sexual content in it. There is cursing and romance in the book. There are a couple of scenes with underage alcohol consumption and one scene of drug use (marijuana).

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Pages: 320

Synopsis: Cameron Carson has a secret. A secret with the power to break apart his friend group.

Cameron Carson, member of the Geeks and Nerds United (GANU) club, has been secretly hooking up with student council president, cheerleader, theater enthusiast, and all-around queen bee Karla Ortega since the summer. The one problem—what was meant to be a summer fling between coffee shop coworkers has now evolved into a clandestine senior-year entanglement, where Karla isn’t intending on blending their friend groups anytime soon, or at all.

Enter Mackenzie Briggs, who isn’t afraid to be herself or wear her heart on her sleeve. When Cameron finds himself unexpectedly bonding with Mackenzie and repeatedly snubbed in public by Karla, he starts to wonder who he can truly consider a friend and who might have the potential to become more…

Review: For the most part I loved that the book. The book talked openly about sex and talked about it from a male perspective. The book did well to discuss the topic openly and on a young adult level. The book featured a back and forth narrative and had a slight Pride and Prejudice backdrop. The book was very well written, engaging, and had great character development.

The only issues I had with the book is that there were a lot of references to different animes and other pop culture moments at the beginning and it was a bit overwhelming. The back and forth narrative aren’t distinctly defined, so it takes a minute to reorient yourself when you’re moved through the time periods. I also thought that the world building of the book could have been better developed.

Verdict: It was good!