Book: Noah's Song
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Publication date: March 2, 2017
Length: 326 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Noah Derwin knows what it’s like to be different. Being a seventeen-year-old kid in high school with blue hair, piercings, a mostly all black wardrobe, and an obsession with zombies and video games, he doesn’t exactly blend in. But he never wanted to. His two dads raised him to always stay true to himself.
Bastian Hunter prefers structure and predictability. Suffering from a rare disease, every day is a challenge for him, and he prepares for the future by excelling academically and denying who he really is. Everything changes when he meets Noah, the unpredictable variable in the equation he’s built his life around, and feelings he's hid for so long begin to surface.
Being gay in high school isn’t exactly rainbows and butterflies, and Noah has definitely faced his fair share of bullies. Moving to Port Haven, Oregon opens up new possibilities for him, and he starts falling for the quiet, brown-eyed boy from his English class. Too bad the attraction is one-sided… or is it?
Where do I begin with this story? When I see the title of a book, before I even open it, I wonder what the author is trying to tell us with it. The title is Noah’s Song and this book is as beautiful as you can imagine.
Told completely in Noah’s POV we follow this blue haired wonder as he navigates a new school, in a new town, while dragging around a lot of weight. He suffers from anxiety and severe depression and though you may think he drags ass through the book all emo, you’d be wrong.
Noah finds beauty in a square, art in a foggy day, and love in a deaf, nerdy, drama guy who loves math.
I cried throughout this book. I cried for the power of love it held. I cried for joy and sadness. I cried in frustration for these characters, and cried when I closed the book.
Jaclyn Osborn manages to bring you into Noah’s family. She allows you into his beautiful blue haired boy brain. You’re forced to love zombies because that’s what Noah loves and by the end you’re okay with that. He has his bouts of depression and anxiety but he’s about living in the moment, hoping for forever, and embracing the positive. I loved all those qualities about him.
Bastian is special. He’s brilliant, nerdy hot, driven, and he falls head over heels for Noah. Though his home life is way different than Noah’s, it was interesting seeing the two different lifestyles mingle until they just melded together.
Secondary characters are vital here! From Jase, Noah’s brother, to Evan, Bastian’s best friend. All these characters are like the backup dancers to Noah and Bastian’s kick a** performance.
I want more of these guys. I’d love to see how things go for them after high school and I’m a bit curious about Maverick. That’s a character who needs his own story too!
It’s a terrific book. I very highly recommend it!
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