Release date: 04 February
My name’s Archie Albright, and I know two things for certain:
1. My mum and dad kind of hate each other, and they’re not doing a great job of pretending that they don’t anymore.
2. They’re both keeping a secret from me, but I can’t figure out what.
Things aren’t going great for Archie Albright. His dad’s acting weird, his mum too, and all he wants is for everything to go back to normal, to three months before when his parents were happy and still lived together. When Archie sees a colourful, crumpled flyer fall out of Dad’s pocket, he thinks he may have found the answer. Only problem? The answer might just lie at the end of the rainbow, an adventure away.
Together with his best friends, Bell and Seb, Archie sets off on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey to try and fix his family, even if he has to break a few rules to do it…
CWs & TWs
Divorce, mention of parents fights.
Black MC, Black & Gay supportive character, black side character. Cast of queer people and people of colour. Drag queens.
This book made me incredibly happy. People have asked me before what is a book that makes me very happy and I never really knew what to answer. Now I do. This might be one of the cutest, most touching and most important stories about the LGBTQIA+ community I have read. The fact it is destined -at first- to younger readers makes it even more incredible because everything falls into place and the messages and meanings behind the story are simply stunning. Acceptance, pride and understanding when you still don’t know what is happening in the world. This, right here, might be one of the reasons this book sounds so happy to me: the protagonist is twelve years old, and he has never been introduced to our amazing community before. And he discovers it in the best way possible: the London Pride.
« ‘Gay,’ I said flatly. ‘You can say it. It’s not like the bogeyman appears behind you with an axe if you say it three times in the mirror.' »
Let’s talk about this Pride. This is the happiest day of the year for so many people, some even call it gay Christmas, and I have never – ever – read such an amazing and right depiction of what pride is. The whole second part of the story takes place in this Pride, with some incredible characters. And even if the protagonist is facing some issues, the Pride is still the happiest place ever. Reading those lines, I was there, I was surrounded by those queer and joyful people, I felt so loved and so supported. I felt a bit of what it feels like to march in a Pride like this one. This was perfection, really. Not only the way the Pride is described but also the people our characters are going to meet. All are beautifully different and unique and, once again, let’s remind you that Archie (the protagonist) is a kid. And reading about a soon-to-be teenager being introduced to such beauty and acceptance and positivity was an incredible adventure. All I want to do is to start the book all over again, just to feel a little bit of the London Pride once more.
« ‘Look, what I’m trying to say is you don’t just become a different person when you say you’re gay' »
More than just joy, this book also brought me incredible hope for the future generation. Because it isn’t only a story about pride and colours and joy, but also about heritage, about how parents can teach their children to be more open-minded, to show them that being gay (or lesbian or bi, or/and aroace and/or trans, non-binary, etc…) is not this big of a deal and does not change a person. The is one of the most important acceptance lessons we can wish to teach the younger generations. And seeing it so beautifully depicted in a children’s book? It was out of this world. To me, this is not only a children’s book. This is a book I want to put into everybody’s hands. Because it is never too late to learn and if a child can do it, so can anyone.
Please, stop what you are doing and go read this book. Plus, it would be an amazing story to add to your Black History Month TBR and will make you so happy and so proud and so loved you won’t want to put it down.
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