31 Décembre 2019
The Wrong McElroy
By KL HUGHES
Who doesn’t like a nice Rom-Com?
You? Well pass your way then, neither this review or the book is for you then. Boom time save!
For my part, I enjoy every now and then a cheesy Rom-Com, especially when it’s a fake dating trope novel. A trope can make a story sink or swim, with this one, it’s swim.
Let’s dig in people!
Every good story begins with great character, which brings us to Fiona Ng. I fell in love with her right away. The way she is fiercely loyal rung deep inside me. She’s a devoted friend, a wonderful human with amazing quality but more importantly flawed. I just wished she was more “Asian”. Just by her name the reader know Fiona is Asian, but aside from it, (and some comments here and there) I did not really felt it while reading her. And it saddens me. From my perspective, it probably comes from one of those reasons; One, my white ass can’t see -read- “Asianess” when it’s not cliché and/or stereotyped. (I am working on it, but still have sadly a long way to go); Two, Hughes might have written Fiona Ng the same way she writes her white characters. Whatever the reason, it’s still the way I felt, and it was a let down for me as I was eager to read a lesbian Rom-Com with a lead Asian woman. Regardless of this, I still fell in love with her and her journey.
What I wasn’t expecting was to fell in love with a male character. Micheal. My sweet little big bundle of a southerner boy. What can I say about Micheal? His journey is… challenging. For him first, but probably for some reader too. While Fiona’s journey could be described as “finding love in unexpected places” his is more of an “acceptance story”. While Hughes wrote this a secondary plot arc -or even a sub-polt- it felt deep and rich. See, Micheal journey’s is about finding his truth inside him, then finding (or trying too) the words to describe HIS truth, his reality. And then eventually showing all of himself to his loved ones and the rest of the world.
So yeah, so what if you know the end of a book even before you pick it up? Sometimes it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. And it’s how tropes should be used, ensure a pleasant read while digging into a fascinating story about characters and their flaws.
So if you’re looking for a cute read with deep repercussions, search no further. This is the book for you.