September 7, 2016

It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt | Review

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt | ReviewIt Looks Like This on September 6, 2016
Pages: 327
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

It looks like this: Pink, mostly. Puffs of orange just below. The fiercest yellow way ahead—far, far ahead. Red slashed all across. All of it fading to blue, getting deeper and deeper as you go out.
A new state, a new city, a new high school. And Mike’s father has already found a church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don’t want to go. Mike’s dad also wants him to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, and there’s something uneasy behind his demands. Everything changes when Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and a simple “hey” turns into games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school. A night at the beach. The fierce colors of sunrise. But Mike’s father is always watching. And so is Victor from school, cell phone in hand.

I was really excited to finally start reading It Looks Like This. Sadly, at the end, I was a little disappointed. 

I really loved the beginning of the novel. It starts with this really short two page chapter that immediately gives you the feeling that something went down. Mike is remembering something of the past even though he basically says that he lives in a world of darkness now. 

The lack of quotation marks really got to me. Sometimes having no quotation marks just adds to the overall story, but I honestly felt like it didn’t in this situation. I get that the whole story was him looking back on things that already happened, so I guess that quotations weren’t really necessary, but, for me at least, I wish there were quotation marks. Sometimes it was hard to tell between inner commentary and actual conversations because of the lack of quotes. 

I did like that it was LGBT. YA can never have enough of this genre in my opinion. 

I loved how well-written the characters were. Especially Toby, Mike’s little sister. She was pretty funny at times. 

It Looks Like This was a great addition to the YA LGBT universe, though the lack of quotes got to me at times. If you can overlook that, then I really think you’ll enjoy this novel.

  1. Sounds like an engaging read. I'm going to check out the kindle sample if it's out now.

  2. I've read a few books that didn't have quotations marks and they were often confusing. What an odd choice for an author to make. I might choose this for my LGBT Monday feature, but I'll keep my expectations in check. Great review.

  3. Great review! I loved Toby too but had a few problems with the writing and how simple it was. I noticed the lack of quotation marks too and a lot of telling not showing but it was still such a heartbreaking read!

    my review

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