ARC Review | The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson

The State of UsTitle: The State of Us

Author: Shaun David Hutchinson

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: June 2, 2020

“So that’s the kind of guy you like?” I asked, “Nerdy and cute?”
“Brave and honest. Kind of like you.”


Excuse me while I gush about how adorable and squee-worthy this story was. The State of Us is an adorable romance that follows the sons of the Presidential hopefuls as they grow closer while supporting their parents on the campaign trail.

 


Things I Liked
Dre and Dean are very strong, well-established characters. Dre is out and proud. He’s confident in himself, but is just starting to get involved in politics and using his voice as a platform. Dean has grown up in the political shadow of his mother and planned to follow in her footsteps. But Dean starts questing the expectations placed on him and his own sexuality (He identifies as demi). I really loved seeing both characters grow throughout the story and learn more about themselves.

The romance was just too cute. I loved seeing Dean and Dre’s flirty chat messages because they felt really personal and real. Plus they were just so easy to read that I devoured all the development with a smile on my face.

There some great humor in the story both expected and subtle that really worked for me. Any story that can make me laugh is good in my book.

I really loved both boys relationships with their fathers. We get to see them have some genuine and heartfelt conversations that let the guys be vulnerable. It’s really great to see such love and care in a relationship that often gets simplified or neglected in media.

 


Things I Didn’t Like
Dre’s best friend Mel wasn’t my favorite person. I thought she was selfish, judgmental, and a bit petty. I wanted her to be more open minded and see stuff from Dre’s POV, but she wasn’t a bad friend. And their fights never lasted too long so that was nice to see.

While I didn’t really like Mel because of her relationship with Dre, I didn’t like Mindy (the daughter of Dean’s parents friends) because she’s contrarian just be different.


The State of Us is a compulsively readable romance about finding not only yourself and that special someone who helps you discover who you really are and want to be.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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