ARC review: All the Better Part of Me

Title: All the Better Part of Me

Author: Molly Ringle

Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing

Length: 288 pages

Publication Date: September 1, 2019

Source: NetGalley

When they were 15 years old, Sinter Blackwelll’s best friend, Andy, came out to him. Supportive and curious, they kissed, but when they were interrupted by Sinter’s disapproving mother, it was quickly forgotten. Now, years later and a continent away, Sinter is beginning to think that maybe he made a mistake, and it’s time to try to deepen his relationship with Andy. However, he’s in London and just got cast in a movie. To top it off, the director and writer, Fiona, is flirting with him, and he can’t help thinking maybe it would just be easier.

After the movie wraps, Sinter makes a decision that will change his life: he’ll move to Seattle, live with Andy, and see what happens. Andy is receptive to his advances and the two settle into a friends-with-benefits relationship. But when compilations arise, their relationship and friendship is threatened.

This was such a charming story! I loved reading about Sinter and his journey from bi-curious to bisexual and proud. I loved his relationship with Andy and the organic way it unfolded. When Sinter’s parents were unsupportive and belligerent, I really felt for both men.

This book was very well written. There were a lot of things that happened that could have come off as cliches or unimaginative, but the author pulled it all off really well. I felt for the characters and the things going on in their lives. I was engaged throughout the journey and really felt like I was reading about real people. I thought it was well done and that there was a lot of heart behind the story.

All the Better Part of Me left me with a huge smile and a happy feeling. It was uplifting and joyful. I’m so glad I got a chance to read it.

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