It Could Happen by Mia Kerrick

release day review

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/it-could-happen-by-mia-kerick-8530-b

Blurb

Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship

Review by Mary

It could happen is the first book by Mia Kerick I’ve read. In the beginning I struggled keeping track of who was who between the three main characters with the frequently changing points of view. Henry, Brody and Danny are so very different from each other and it wasn’t until I settled into each of their voices that I began to appreciate the unique style of this book. Danny tells his story through poems, Brody through diary entries and Henry through narrative.
The blurb covers the premise of the story really well so I don’t want to repeat it here. Their friendship develops into love as each of them grow together. Each helping one another cope with Family, life and understanding what they want. The three main characters come across quite strongly but the background ones, parents, are more one-dimensional. From the start Danny has identified as gay, Henry seems more like gay for them and whilst Brody said he was pan sexual there isn’t really any indication he is, or has been, attracted to anyone else. But then these are young adults are entering into their first serious relationship which happens to be between the three of them. A thruple. I think their naïveté and faith in the future is the reason the story works so well. Only one brings baggage from a previous relationship and the other two were there to help him with that.
I like the happy for now ending at graduation, it is a natural break in their story and leaves an opening for a college story.
Overall I’d say this book grew on me and by the end I loved these three young men.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Review by Beth

I had a hard time getting through this book. I’m not sure if it was how it was written or the story line itself. But I found myself having to make time to sit down and read it, rather than “OMG I am so caught up in this story how do I find more time to read a few more pages?” That being said………….

The story is written from all three of the guys’ point of view, although it seems we hear more from Brody, the adrenaline junky than Henry and Danny. Danny’s contribution is Poetry and the thoughts and emotions he expresses is very well done. The alternating of POV does give a well rounded understanding of where the three are coming from, as well as where they want to end up. Senior year in high school can be demanding just with the effort put in to graduate, and decide your future. Add into that the start of a polyamorous relationship and you have all of the typical teenage angst, as well as the homophobic bias you can imagine.

These three have been friends for four years so they know each other really well. So as you go through the story you see how that knowledge helps them get over all the bumps they encounter. As their year progresses something will cause one of them to pull back and The author has chosen to have each go their separate ways dealing with the crisis on their own and not with support of the other guy. It reinforces the motto of all or nothing this group has put into place. In the end there is a little growing up, a little learning to trust and a lot of support as all of the issues come to a head.

3 of 5 stars

 
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