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'Date me, Bryson Keller!'

Everyone at Fairvale Academy knows about the dare Bryson Keller has accepted - each week he has to date the first person who asks him out. He just never specified it could only be girls. When closeted Kai challenges straight Bryson to secretly date him, it should be a recipe for heartbreak. But as the two boys open up to each other, they find themselves getting closer. With his heart on the line, Kai must grapple with his growing feelings for a boy who can never be his...right?

©2020 Kevin van Whye (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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The resemblance to reality

The performance is incredibly versatile to the point that it I forgot at times it's the same narrator doing the different characters.
The story is very close to real life and the hints of sweetness, comedy and fun makes it utterly enjoyable.
I was completely hooked and would like to listen to more of what happened next.
I hope the story doesn't really end here. ❤️

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Spectacular !

Favourite Part :
“It was real then. And it’s real now. I’m using my wish now. I wish you were here. I miss you.”

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  • HMM
  • 07-07-20

I got sick of the preaching

I am not sure how to rate this. The thoughts about hetero's having to come out as hetero I already knew from bestseller Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. So why write another book? 70% of the dialogue is arguments about gay rights and that is where I doubt my rating. Living in a country where schools and churches can get closed if they teach homosexuality is wrong, and schools have a coming out day every year, all discussions and revelations are pointing out the obvious for me.
So for adults living in homophobe areas or teenagers questioning their sexuality, I would say: 3 star book.
If you have heard it all before and and think the narrator has the emotional range of a soap actor, I would say 1 or 2 stars.

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  • R.
  • 12-12-20

Wonderful

Beautiful. Perfect. So real.
It’s the first time I listen to an audiobook before reading the book itself, it was a wise choice.
I did it because I could see the manga Seven days as an inspiration for this book and I liked the idea. Now I love the book almost as much as I loved the manga in the first place.
The performance is simply brilliant.
It’s a must read story.

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  • Aaron W
  • 10-09-20

Excellent!

I absolutely loved this audiobook. The characters were very relatable and told a story that many should be able to relate to in some way.

The relationships between the friends was something many gay teens don't necessary have, it was good to see them stick together. A special mention has to go to Yaz, everyone needs a Yaz in their lives.

Highly recommend!

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  • Miss S A Stratton
  • 20-08-20

Amazing and Adorable

Love this story so adorable and love Kia he I'd now definitely one of my all time favourite fictional characters and the friendship between the musketeers.

At times I thought that Bryson was too good to be true but I loved that your saw a less perfect side to him.

All in all an amazing book

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  • Stephanie Butcher
  • 14-08-20

Highly recommend: an easy but beautiful listen

This book was beautiful. It’s definitely for you if you love stories like Openly Straight, Love Simon, or TATBILB. It has funny moments but mostly it’s just an extremely cute romcom that leaves you feeling warm. But it also shares an insight into the struggles of coming out and the homophobia so many young people still experience! Overall a really enjoyable story that I’d be happy to listen to again, and again!

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  • SPT
  • 13-05-22

Charming

I’m not a YA, I’m not a pupil, I’m actually a Professor, but I loved this book - excellent from start to finish. Well realised characters and you are rooting for Kai throughout. I look forward to ‘Marry Me Bryson Keller’!

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  • Fiona
  • 02-02-22

Just the right amount of cheese

I didn’t think I would love this book let alone like it. It felt like all the other teen romance stories I’ve read before with its cringey and cheesy narrative when I first began. Soon, I was listening to it on the way out the door, every lunch break and well into the late hours.
I just couldn’t put it down.

The characters are relatable and witty it touches on so many important truths that represent the LGBTQIA community. I found I was laughing and crying along with the characters and I became whole again by the end of the story.
I won’t spoil anything because it is an experience that should be experienced for yourself and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

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  • Dc
  • 24-08-21

A great listen

Had me hooked all the way through, well worth a listen! Vikas Adams portrays each character well.

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  • Endertigerqueen 💚
  • 09-06-21

OMG LOVED IT

Great 10/10
Couldn't find any flaws
Super cute.
If you find homophobia at point there is.

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  • Chloe O'Sullivan
  • 26-01-21

I fell in love with this book

This book really captures what it's like being a queer teen in this world. I love the main character and the love interest. The story was refreshing and I enjoy how the book was structured. I was at tears by the end of the book. Definitely my fav book ever. So beautifully written.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-22

Loved this book

This is one of the best LGBTQIA+ books I’ve read. It has many things I identify with and also inspires me. I recommend this book

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  • Brendan Englebrecht
  • 23-05-21

Amazing from start to finish

Everything about this book was great. Story excellent and narration was suburb. The story has just a cute coming of age feel that is relatable on some many levels and for me allowing me to relive how I came out.

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  • Andrew L
  • 17-04-21

Honest and Authentic!

Such a beautiful story. The characters were relatable and authentic.

A must read for queer fiction lovers.

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  • Kat
  • 15-02-21

Can’t believe it kept getting better

Every movement of this book held strong, bringing with it connection and purpose. Never lingering too long on any topic but still exploring its knowledge.
I wish it didn’t finish but the story and characters held together and finished after the main events but still allowing our minds to run wild with possibilities of this great tale.

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  • Ev
  • 12-01-21

Excellent!

Enjoyed every part of this book. The love story was so natural and the characters were amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-20

Absolutely Awesome!

This book was such a lovely surprise! It was funny and very moving. Great characters!

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  • Aydin McIntosh
  • 12-11-20

Absolutely Amazing

I wish more books were like this one, I was disappointed when I got to the end of this book as I wasn’t ready for it to finish. Author perfectly builds up each character and left me wanting more while the narrator captured the different voices nicely.

Potential Spoiler:
As someone who’s coming out was along the same line as Brysons (ie just a hi this is my BF), it was nice to see that the author represents the ideas that it doesn’t have a be a big thing for a story to be enjoyable. Also, I really would love to hear Kai’s Mum vs the school as heard and seen from the dads prospective - I think it would be an enjoyable experience 😂

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  • Jamie
  • 15-10-20

Must read/listen

Some stories make you feel like you know the characters; this is definitely one of them.
For such a sweet story everything was dealt with in a very real way. I enjoyed it from start to finish.
Also, the voice performance was stellar!

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  • AndieAnderson
  • 30-06-20

Sweet and touching

This is pitched as a lighthearted romcom but this is a genuinely touching story of isolation and acceptance as our MC, Kai, wrestles with staying closeted from everyone he cares about. It feels like so much of this book is grounded in lived experience. It touches not just overt hate but on causal homophobia in supposedly safe spaces, and those grey areas when ‘good’ people do horrible things.

Date Me BK is a wonderfully refreshing gay romance which focuses on story telling rather than titillation. Kai and Bryson felt very real, lovely and joyous and sad as they were. For me, this is what representation looks like. I hope it receives the attention it deserves.(Also, I’m pretty sure I had that guidance counsellor. Too real to laugh at).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-22

Brave Characters

A very enjoyable book that is a twist on the normal high school romance stories. It makes you stop and think about some of the issues that must swirl around a persons decision to come out.