Book Review- The Last Romeo

Thursday, 26 July 2018
Title: The Last Romeo
Author: Justin Myers
Published: 31st May 2018
Pages: 239
Genre: Romance, LGBT, Fiction

Rating: 3/5 stars

James is 34 and fed up. His six-year relationship with Adam has imploded, he hates his job making up celebrity gossip, and his best friend Bella has just announced she's moving to Russia.Adrift and single in loved-up London, James needs to break out of his lonely, drunken comfort zone. Encouraged by Bella, he throws himself headlong into online dating, blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo.After meeting a succession of hot/weird/gross men, James has fans and the validation he's always craved. But when his wild night with a closeted Olympian goes viral and sends his Twitter-fame through the roof, James realises maybe, in the search for happy-ever-after, some things are better left un-shared. Seriously, wherefore art thou Romeo . . .From Justin Myers, author of sensational blog The Guyliner, this razor-sharp and cringingly candid account of one man's quest for The One is as sad, fearless and funny as dating itself. -Goodreads

My thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and Net Galley for the review copy.
This is a lovely summer read, I really felt like the only thing missing was the beach or a pool to dip my feet in while I was reading it. That’s not to say that it isn’t moving, there were some very sad moments in this novel.
I loved the main character of Jim, he was so witty and sarcastic, his narration definitely made this novel much more funny and entertaining. He was also extremely likeable, even if he did make some dubious decisions and some obvious mistakes, I was still rooting for him the whole way through.
I also really enjoyed reading about a protagonist in his 30s still looking for love and not settled with anyone. I get a bit fed up of reading novels where anyone over the age of 25 is happily married.
I was a little disappointed with how the novel turned out, I was rooting for James to get with a specific person which unfortunately didn’t happen, and I actually thought the twist was a little ridiculous and seemed a touch unbelievable to me, but maybe that was just a personal issue!
It’s a very warm and funny read, and it’s altogether very heart warming and feel good.
The writing itself is excellent, it feels realistic, and the characters all seem realistic and well developed. The novel also features some very interesting commentary on celebrity culture and internet fame which is particularly topical at this time and resonated with me, especially as the main character ran a blog which I could relate to!
Overall I enjoyed this novel, it is a nice warm-hearted romance, and it’s LGBTQ which is important to have in YA.

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