Book Review: Out of the Blue

Posted November 5, 2022 by geograph in achillean, contemporary, nonbinary, paranormal, queer, YA / 0 Comments

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

Book Review: Out of the BlueOut of the Blue by Jason June
Published by HarperCollins on May 31, 2022
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Romance, Young Adult Fiction / Mermaids & Mermen, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ, Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Pages: 384
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley


From Jason June, author of the breakout teen debut novel Jay’s Gay Agenda, comes Out of the Blue, a stand-alone dual POV queer rom-com that asks if love is enough to change everything you’ve grown up believing. Perfect for fans of Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas and Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly. 

Crest is not excited to be on their Journey: the month-long sojourn on land all teen merfolk must undergo. The rules are simple: Help a human within one moon cycle and return to Pacifica to become an Elder—or fail and remain stuck on land forever. Crest is eager to get their Journey over and done with. Humans are disgusting. They’ve polluted the planet so much that there’s a floating island of trash that’s literally the size of a country.

In Los Angeles with a human body and a new name, Crest meets Sean, a human lifeguard whose boyfriend has recently dumped him. Crest agrees to help Sean make his ex jealous and win him back. But as the two spend more time together, and Crest’s perspective on humans begins to change, they’ll soon be torn between two worlds. And fake dating just might lead to real feelings . . .

This sophomore novel from Jason June dives into the many definitions of the word home and shows how love can help us find the truest versions of ourselves. 

This book gets four stars from me, almost exclusively because of the inclusion of a nonbinary POV character. I enjoyed the humor in this a lot as well. I also was a big fan of the worldbuilding around merpeople — I enjoyed that this was A Paranormal Book that involved merpeople instead of your standard werewolf, etc. I feel solidly neutral-to-positive about this book; I think it was cute and nice but it’s not going to become one of my favorites.

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