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First, I just want to say that I really enjoyed this book. It maintained the flavor of the first two books- continued to give some dark moments while still maintaining the feel-good community love and support happily ever after tone of the series. One of my absolute favorite moments is when Baz declares that, no they are not Sid and Nancy. They are in fact, Sophie and Howl. I also was quite amused by the observation towards the end of the book by Elijah that their relationship has kind of an identity crises as they have compared themselves to so very many different cinema couples by the end. (I had to seek out Black Butler as a result of this book.)
I appreciated the addition of Lewis/Lejla and the continuing expansion of awareness/education about the multitude of lgbtq issues that people, and particularly youth are up against. It felt like there was *a lot* of stuff tackled in this one book though - maybe too much.
I think that this was an intriguing but tough couple to tackle a story about. Baz and Elijah both have some pretty unlikable characteristics as portrayed in the earlier books in this series. I get that to make them the central characters of this story they needed to be transformed into characters for us to love, however, I think that both characters were force molded rather than exposed, understood and transformed. In spite of events at the end of book 2 which undoubtedly affected the way both characters would behave in *this* book I think that Baz's aloof/mystery persona and Elijah's acidic self-reliant self-preservation were both way underplayed even at the beginning.
I liked the idea of self-medication (Great we are going to Sid and Nancy each-other.) for different reasons for both characters was a really important and great thing for this book to explore, but I found the ultimate resolution to that, as well as the underlying issue's to be unrealistic and extremely white-washed. Depression and drug abuse are both huge and important issue's that deserve more attention and reality than they were treated with.
In spite of those complaints, I was happy with the outcome of this book as I have been with all of them. It was a fun ride, and left me with the feel-good warm fuzzies I associate with this series as well as a whole cast of characters that I have fallen in love with.
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After reading the first 2 books. This book has me more on edge, real, relatable, and still gentle with loving situations all around. I would love to continue reading what happens to them afterwards. Great story! Tears all over the place. Baz definitely my favorite so far, the real Gay Batman!