REVIEW: A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn
I loved this book. It's a contemporary new adult book about Tobias, a biracial gay guy who's been crushing on his best friend's older brother for a long time.
This book has a lot of things going for it.
It's diverse, with a M/M romance, a gay biracial black character and a bisexual character. It's very character driven and all the characters are great. Everyone, also the secondary characters, felt very real. It was an exploration of friendship, family dynamics, coming of age, loss, finding who you are.
I loved Toby and Levi, and really related to the latter in regards to having the feeling life is not going as you planned, the pressure, the search, the anxiety and perfectionism.
There was a lot of character development.
It's about letting people in, being vulnerable and what it costs, and the hurt of silence.
I really liked that it was set in college.
It was awesome that Toby appreciated it every time someone didn't make a point about him being gay, or straight people also being comfortable in a gay club, whilst at the same time pointing out that that was how it is supposed to be.
At one point Toby questions the action of giving people hugs if you don't know them well or at all and don't know if they're comfortable with it, which is nice.
It was real and sometimes raw. It gave me all the feels, and it was very cute.
I just. I realise my words are all over the place, but I just really liked this book. I related to it and it made me happy and it was great and I will definitely read it again (and maybe you should too).
There was explicit sex in it, and I wouldn't have minded if it was a little less present, but it was fine. It wasn't badly written, it wasn't overwhelming, didn't overtake the plot or the characters and it was realistic since it is often present in relationships. So, all in all, it did pretty great.