I Wish You All the Best

I Wish You All the Best

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 profil...

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Title:I Wish You All the Best
Author:Mason Deaver
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Edition Language:English

I Wish You All the Best Reviews

  • Mason Deaver

    Well I wrote this book, so my review is probably biased?

    Either way... this is the book of my heart, I never thought people would believe in this story, but I've never been happier to be so, so, so wrong. This book may be the closest I get to writing myself. It deals with anxiety, depression, coming out and identity, and first love, and it's absolutely so important to me.

    I hope you all enjoy it when you get the chance to read it.

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    I am finally going to be able to read Mason’s book. CAN YOU BELIEVE??!

    Update after reading - December 3rd, 2018

    *4.5/5

    This book has not been undersold in the least. It is heartfelt, loving, difficult, and wonderful in every way. Becky’s blurb isn’t lying - it is indeed quietly groundbreaking and will, without a doubt, save lives. Prepare yourselves for an incredible, beautiful debut in 2019, friends.

  • Kai

    Oh the feeling of mile-high expectations actually being fulfilled: pure bliss. I have waited so long for this book to be released and it checks every single box. A wonderful, emotional, important and romantic read.

    tells the story of Ben, who is nonbinary, who prefers the pronouns they & them, who, after coming out to their parents, is kicked out

    Oh the feeling of mile-high expectations actually being fulfilled: pure bliss. I have waited so long for this book to be released and it checks every single box. A wonderful, emotional, important and romantic read.

    tells the story of Ben, who is nonbinary, who prefers the pronouns they & them, who, after coming out to their parents, is kicked out of the house and has to take refuge at his sister's, whom they haven't seen in 10 years. At their new school, they meet Nathan, a captivating boy who may or may not be the cutest human the world has ever seen (chances are high, though). But Ben struggles with anxiety, panic attacks and depression. This definitely translated onto the pages of the book. I often felt hopeless, was frustrated with the absence of feelings, with Ben not being able to say anything but "Yeah", with the plot not going anywhere because the world stops moving when anxiety overwhelms you. At least that's what I felt like reading it. Luckily, Ben slowly opened up to the people around them, to their therapist and eventually to Nathan and their sister. It was a heartfelt book with an easygoing writing style and a slow-burning romance. The kind of romance where it couldn't be more obvious that the attraction is mutual but

    these stupid dorks wait till the very last minute to confess their feelings.

    The only criticism I have is that I wished the side characters had received more of a backstory. They all had depth and felt real enough, but I was curious about them. About Ben's sister and their brother-in-law, about Maleika and Sophie, about Nathan. I wouldn't have minded an additional 100 pages if this meant that we'd get to see more of them.

    I want to stress how important it is that queer writers write queer stories. No cis or straight person would have been able to write such a complex and truthful book about life, coming-out, falling in love as a nonbinary person. I always say that representation and inclusion matter, not only because people might recognise parts of themselves in the characters, but also because it teaches kids and teenagers compassion, acceptance, and empathy early on. If every teenager read this book, the world would be much kinder and tolerant. Stories have so much power and influence, and that's why it's important to promote and support queer voices that have mostly gone unheard until now.

    was my first novel with a nonbinary character that was at the centre of the story instead of the sidelines. I hope we will get to see more of that in the future.

  • Emma

    Full review

    I think this book is going to mean so much for so many people.

    First of all, I think it's important to say that this book is own voices so the author surely knows what they are talking about.

    This book tells the story of Ben, a teenager who identifies as non-binary. After coming out to their parents Ben is kicked out of their home. Thankfully their sister Hannah takes them in and help

    Full review

    I think this book is going to mean so much for so many people.

    First of all, I think it's important to say that this book is own voices so the author surely knows what they are talking about.

    This book tells the story of Ben, a teenager who identifies as non-binary. After coming out to their parents Ben is kicked out of their home. Thankfully their sister Hannah takes them in and helps them go through some major things. She helps them get into a new school and offers to financially help them, something that Ben obviously needs since they are only a high schooler. I liked how this book was all about Ben and their journey that brought them to forgiveness, to acceptance and in the end to happiness. This story was very character-driven, something I very much appreciated.

    I loved the fact that the characters talked about pronouns and misgendering and also how they said sorry when they made mistakes. Every time they did that it felt like a small victory in Ben's favour and I was so happy for them because it meant that people were listening to them and were accepting them for who they really are. Because that's the feeling throughout all the book, Ben just wants to be accepted for who they are and I'm happy they found people who do.

    The other characters were great. Hannah and Thomas are two of the most supportive people I’ve ever encountered in books. They really are good for Ben, especially considering the parents they were living with before all this.

    The friends Ben makes are very nice, especially Nathan (my little sunshine). I don’t know how the author did it, but I could definitely feel Nathan’s happiness and good spirits radiating from the pages. When Ben was painting Nathan’s portrait and decided to go with yellow I was like: “Well yes of course, what other colour could you use to describe him?” It just felt so obvious to me.

    I’m so glad Ben and Nathan found each other and wherever they are I just want to wish them all the best.

  • Larry H

    Yes, yes, YES. I loved this book so much!

    Ben De Backer has finally decided it's time they come out to their parents as nonbinary. While Ben knows their parents, particularly their father, are difficult and have strong religious beliefs, in the end Ben thinks that their parents should be okay with their coming out. Ben is their child after all, right?

    Ben couldn't have been more wrong. Their parents kick Ben out of the house and with nowhere to turn, not even shoes on their feet, Ben turns to thei

    Yes, yes, YES. I loved this book so much!

    Ben De Backer has finally decided it's time they come out to their parents as nonbinary. While Ben knows their parents, particularly their father, are difficult and have strong religious beliefs, in the end Ben thinks that their parents should be okay with their coming out. Ben is their child after all, right?

    Ben couldn't have been more wrong. Their parents kick Ben out of the house and with nowhere to turn, not even shoes on their feet, Ben turns to their estranged sister, Hannah, who left home 10 years ago and never looked back.

    Although it takes a moment for Hannah and her husband, Thomas, to understand what nonbinary even means, there's no question that they will take Ben into their home. Hannah feels so much guilt about leaving Ben behind with their parents all those years ago, and Ben only knew she was married via social media. But Hannah is determined to help Ben deal with the stress of accepting their identity coupled with their parents' rejection.

    "Like, what

    you do when your parents kick you out of your house? When your entire life is upheaved, all because you wanted to come out, to be respected and seen, to be called the right pronouns?"

    As Ben tries to settle into a new high school for one last semester before graduation, they hope to keep a low profile. But that plan is quickly thwarted when Ben meets Nathan Allan, whose charm and humor make him seem almost larger than life. Nathan wants to be Ben's friend and doesn't understand why they keep pushing him away, so little by little Ben's defenses come down and they open up to the idea of Nathan's friendship, and in turn, Nathan's best friends as well. It's difficult, though, to be close with people from whom you're keeping your true self secret, but Ben isn't interested in the possibility of rejection again.

    While Ben tries to reconcile their conflicted feelings toward Hannah and deal with panic attacks and anxiety, they're also frightened by how much Nathan is starting to mean to them. Can Ben find the courage to let Nathan know the truth about them? Would Nathan push them away? And even if Nathan were interested in them, is it worth exploring when Nathan is set to leave North Carolina for college in just three months?

    Dealing with just one of these issues is tough for anyone, but all of them compounded prove immensely challenging for Ben. They find themselves turning more and more to their therapist and Mariam, their only nonbinary friend, with whom Ben speaks via Skype and text. Mariam has made a career from their experiences accepting their identity and living their life openly, and they want Ben to do the same.

    is a beautiful, moving book about everyone's right to be happy with who they are, and their need to be surrounded by love and friendship. It's such an amazing story about how you can't tackle all of your problems on your own—only by letting people in can you start to achieve happiness and self-acceptance.

    At times it's a difficult book to read, because of the emotions and challenges Ben has to deal with, and how difficult it is for them to communicate how they feel, but it seemed immensely realistic, and I found myself hoping that Ben would find their way through this.

    Mason Deaver brought so much humor, emotion, and hope to this book. These characters were amazing. I read the entire thing in just a few hours and loved it so much. I really found it a tremendous learning experience for me, because I'll admit I don't know nearly enough about nonbinary people. I hope this book gets into the hands of those who need it most.

    If you follow my reviews you know how much I marvel at the tremendous amount of talent in the YA genre in particular. I love the courage and boldness with which these authors tackle difficult subjects, and I am so thankful that there are so many authors like Deaver willing to share their own struggles with readers in the hope they can reach those who need to hear, and see, that progress and happiness and acceptance may seem impossible to fathom, but it truly is possible.

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  • Lola

    This is the kind of story that could change your life.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was suUuUuUuUuch a great read. I learned so much and also just fell head over heels for these characters. What an important book!

    TW: misgendering, homophobia, anxiety, depression

  • شيماء ✨

    The Mona Lisa was found trembling in the Louvre Museum because of this cover.

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    frame this cover and place it in the lourve

  • Alice Oseman

    A soft, sweet, and incredibly important story about a non-binary teen finding their voice. This book is going to be so important to so many people.

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