Author: Francis Gideon
Cover Artist: Vivian Ng
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/10/2017
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Romance, Trans*
Nick Fraser is a true romantic. He wants the guy instead of the girl, but other than that, he wants everything his favourite rom-coms depict: the courtship, the passionate first kiss, the fairy-tale wedding. But after breaking up with the love of his life, Nick wonders if anything fairy-tale will ever happen for him.
Then he meets Katie, who’s just like a rom-com heroine. She’s sharp, funny, sweet, and as into music and punk culture as Nick is. What’s more, he’s incredibly attracted to her–even though she’s a woman. Nick has never considered that he might be bisexual, but his feelings for Katie are definitely real.
When Katie reveals that she’s transgender, Nick starts to see how much he doesn’t understand about the world, queer identity, and himself.
He is hopelessly in love with Katie, but this isn’t a fairy tale, and Nick’s friends and family may not accept his new relationship. If he wants it all, he has to have the courage to make his fantasy a reality.
This is a hard review to write. I enjoy Francis Gideon’s work, but I’m…not sure… about the representation here, and I don’t want to vouch for something that could possibly harm or upset my friends in the transgender community. So I’ll say this: if you are curious about the accuracy (etc.) of the gender identities in a book such as Hopeless Romantic, please search out feedback from actual trans people instead of listening to someone who (like me) is cis. Although many of us mean well, it’s not our place as allies to speak over or for the folks we’re supposed to be advocating for.
That said, from a purely creative standpoint, I did like Nick and Katie. It was nice to see them having things in common and to watch how their mutual enjoyment of those things helped build their relationship almost from day one. Nick struggles with his changing perception of himself; Katie deals with slights and micro-aggressions on a daily basis. I kinda hated most of the other people in the story, but thought they were really sweet together.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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