Book Review Of “We Contain Multitudes” By Sarah Henstra @TheNovl #NovlSquad

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets I’ll Give You the Sun in an exhilarating and emotional novel about the growing relationship between two teen boys, told through the letters they write to one another.

Jonathan Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky are partnered in English class, writing letters to one another in a weekly pen pal assignment. With each letter, the two begin to develop a friendship that eventually grows into love. But with homophobia, bullying, and devastating family secrets, Jonathan and Kurl struggle to overcome their conflicts and hold onto their relationship…and each other.

This rare and special novel celebrates love and life with engaging characters and stunning language, making it perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, Nina LaCour, and David Levithan.

Thank You to The Novl for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I give this book 4 out of 5 Stars.

I absolutely loved everything about this book. It wasn’t typical mushy gushy teen romance. It’s full of struggle, pain, homophobia, destructive behaviors, love, heartbreak, overall it’s got a little bit of everything. I have noticed a lot of terrible reviews, and a lot of wonderful reviews, so I think this is really going to boil down to be a book you either will love, or you will either hate.

I do think I could have dealt without all the destructive behaviors from one of the boys. I realize it was probably written to add some depth to the book, and to his character, to show us his struggle, but it got to the point I was hoping the boys would break up, and the other boy could find someone who deserved him.

I am very fortunate that I was sent this book to review as part of The Novl Squad. I am really loving the rise in LGBTQ YA books coming out, and I am also very impressed this was a book about two gay boys, written by a female. I feel like she did a good job getting into a teenage boys head, and bringing to paper what our gay youth are dealing with everyday. Not just in books, but in real life. We need to grow.

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