Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Tommy Dees in Erik J. Brown’s Lose You to Find Me is trying to figure so many things out. Watching him on that journey, seeing some of the mess & the confusion, will be relatable to the many, many readers who find/found aspects of teen life (& probably life in general) not always straightforward & clear (like everyone? ).
Largely set in a retirement community, the setting of this book is wildly different from Brown’s previous book I read, All That’s Left in the World (a post apocalyptic masterpiece!).
In LYtFM, Tommy is a pro at navigating stations in the cafe & building rapport with the residents & he dreams of following his love of cooking to culinary school.
But then his first childhood crush, also his first great friend, Gabriel de la Hoya, returns, showing up at Sunset Estates & basically complicating Tommy’s romantic life even as Tommy enjoys reigniting their old friendship.
With snarky banter, cute bonding over movies, a whole world of rules for employees at the retirement home to navigate, & many portrayals of strong friendship, this book is a winning YA contemporary with some romance & lots of feelings to navigate.
4⭐️. Out 05/02.
CWs: Previous death of dad. Resident’s flirting with Gabe feels kinda creepy, especially since to me, Gabe doesn’t initially seem totally comfortable with it. A resident is a “buttgrabber.” Tommy plays on Gabe’s last name & makes a joke about his late name being WHORE-a. A secondary character worries she’s pregnant. Reference to racism, abortion, suicide attempt of bullied previous boyfriend; homophobia.
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