I heard about I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver a rather long time ago. It was all over Twitter for a while there and that’s basically how it ended up on my TBR. Also, I’m a rather big fan of the cover. In the case of this book, I was really motivated to want to read it as a result of hype. But I was also interested because I wanted to read about the aspects of mental illness that were brought up in the synopsis.
When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.
But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.
At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.
Have you read I Wish You All the Best? If so, what did you think? If not, do you plan to? Let me know all your thoughts and feelings in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.