gay · romance · Young adult

Only on the Weekends – Dean Atta ★★★★

Blurb; Fifteen-year-old Mack is a hopeless romantic–likely a hazard of growing up on film sets thanks to his father’s job. Mack has had a crush on Karim for as long as he can remember and he can’t believe it when gorgeous, popular Karim seems into him too.

But when Mack’s father takes on a new directing project in Scotland, Mack has to move away, and soon discovers how painful long-distance relationships can be. It’s awful to be so far away from Karim, and it’s made worse by the fact that Karim can be so hard to read.

Then Mack meets actor Finlay on set, and the world turns upside down again. Fin seems fearless–and his confidence could just be infectious.

Award-winning author Dean Atta crafts a beautifully nuanced and revelatory story in verse about the exquisite highs and lows of first love and self-discovery.

My Review; This is my first book by this author. It is a long read at just under 600 pages, but an easy read as the story is told through poetry format. Main character Mack is just adorable and has always had a crush on K but with K not wanting to come out as gay can their secret relationship really last? Will K come out? Will they remain together or will Mack find someone who isn’t ashamed to be gay and out with him? When he moves away for a while will their love still remain? A beautiful story that many young people can probably relate too. Gorgeous cover. A 21st century gay love story. I loved Macks character. Really enjoyed reading this. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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