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Odd One Out

Review

Odd One Out

Courtney “Coop” Cooper and Jupiter Charity-Sanchez have been best friends since Courtney first moved in next door. They spend all their time together, watching movies, talking, hanging out. And in this time, Coop has started to fall for Jupiter. Only one problem. She’s gay.

When beautiful Rae Chin moves into town, the dynamic between the two starts to change. Coop doesn’t want to lose his best friend to some girl they barely know. Jupiter doesn’t want to lose the girl he’s in love with to her best friend. And Rae wants to kiss him. And her. Together they will try to navigate the ups and downs of life and love without breaking each other in the process. Because if one thing is for sure in high school, it’s that love is never straightforward.

"In a world full of love stories, ODD ONE OUT stands out in its ability to capture the reality of uncertainty as well as the simple romance of it all."

ODD ONE OUT is a perfect novel for every high schooler curious about love. Sexuality is a hard thing to understand about oneself, and Stone shows that it’s okay to not know, it’s okay to be unsure. This book is for every person who has ever questioned who they are in a time where it is next to impossible to figure it out. In a world full of love stories, ODD ONE OUT stands out in its ability to capture the reality of uncertainty as well as the simple romance of it all. It’s wonderful to see a book with representation of the LGBTQ+ community that shows teenagers who don’t have it all figured out, and still might not. And that is okay.

One of my favorite parts about reading ODD ONE OUT is that every character is entirely unique, from the three narrators to all the others. Young adult books are littered with characters that seem to be knock off versions of each other, but Stone goes somewhere else with these. They are not strange oddballs who are so weird that no one else could think of them --- they seem as genuine and complex as every one of my classmates. No one is simply the jock or the gay kid or the new girl. They are people, just like you and me.

Throughout the whole novel, Stone had me on the edge of my seat. Although the plot was not complex and dense, the story was mostly about the characters, I formed a connection with each one that I simply had to see through. After starting the book late at night, I simply could not put it down until I finished it in the early hours of the morning. The arc of each character was so compelling that I could not look away as they grew in their ability to understand who they are and how they fit into the world. As a junior in high school, the same age as Jupiter and Courtney and Rae, I felt like I was hearing a story from a friend of their life, and I wanted to listen until the end.

ODD ONE OUT is a book that all teenagers should read: gay, straight, or somewhere in between. When life is confusing and nothing makes sense Stone reminds us that when you don’t know what you are and how to be, never forget that the easiest thing to be is yourself.

Reviewed by Caitlyn K., Teen Board Member on October 16, 2018

Odd One Out
by Nic Stone