I Wish You All the Best

I Wish You All the Best #1

Mason Deaver

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ romance young adult
emotional slow-paced

329 pages | first published 2019

It's just three words: I am nonbinary. But that's all it takes to change everything.

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.

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Moods

emotional 91%
hopeful 69%
inspiring 44%
reflective 36%
sad 33%
funny 22%
lighthearted 18%
informative 16%
challenging 11%
tense 9%
relaxing 2%
adventurous 0%
dark 0%

Pace

medium 62%
fast 19%
slow 17%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 80% | A mix: 16% | Plot: 3%

Strong character development?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 97% | It's complicated: 0% | N/A: 0% | No: 0%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 63% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 11% | N/A: 4%

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4.12