REVIEW: Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski
This book wasn't really it for me.
It's about Meg and Linus, best friends and both gay, smart and nerdy. It was great to read about characters that were genuinely excited about school, did well and were interested in a variety of things. I love that friendship had a strong focus. It was great to see that, even though most people around them were accepting of their sexual orientation, the story didn't pretend other people didn't exist, and I really liked the part in which Meg explains she is lucky she only gets a little harassment, instead of a lot. That's horrible, but that's life, and it's good things like that are acknowledged.
However. There were also things I didn't like.
The writing was not that great, and in some places even very repetitive.
I didn't really like Meg all that much for the most part of the book, she was way too pushy and failed to see why what she did (was it the meddling or never really standing still to deal with the fact her girlfriend dumped her) was unhealthy, even when that was really obvious.
Linus was cute but so oblivious I got irritated after a while. I get being insecure and not wanting to believe the best, I do. This just felt like a bit too over the top for me, but obviously, that might just be me.
Most of the characters fell flat, which was really sad. It's too bad if that happens with supporting characters, but here I had the feeling even the main characters were a bit underdeveloped. I did like seeing somewhat involved parents though.
Bisexual people exist. They do. All the time, not only when you think of them, and they deserve to be mentioned. I don't really get why it was necessary to always say "we don't even know if he's gay" instead of "we don't know if he's into guys" because both get the point across and the latter does not erase bisexual people. I know it got mentioned occasionally, but occasionally is not good enough, and even then, it was always as an afterthought, which sucks. That just really tires me.
Not my lane, but I thought the descriptions of Linus' body or his looks were sometimes a bit odd. We need fat rep, but I think it might've been stronger if there weren't so many euphemisms used. It made me feel as if the word fat, or being fat, was something to dance around, and that shouldn't be the case. Again, this is not my lane, so I might be wrong or saying the wrong things. It was just something that felt weird, so I wanted to point it out.
The story is not really memorable. Not all stories are plot-driven, and neither do they have to be. This one, however, also didn't have the characters to make a strong character driven story, nor the writing to stand out.
Overall, it was kind of a disappointment to me and I'm still not sure if I should keep the 2.5 stars or change my rating to two.