Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Book Review: "One Stupid Thing" by Stewart Lewis

Stewart Lewis' newest book, One Stupid Thing, is an intriguing, poignant story about friendship and finding your own way.

There were three of them—Jamie, Sophie, and Trevor—the best of friends despite their differences. They spent their summer on Nantucket together. They mostly seemed to follow Trevor’s lead, and no one really seemed to mind. Then one night at a party, spurred on by Trevor, the three play an innocent prank, only to have everything go completely wrong.

The following summer, having been estranged from one another and being unable to take their minds off what happened that night, they reunite back on Nantucket. With the help of a new friend, they try to make sense of what they did and realize the guilt they have been carrying around may not be entirely theirs. At the same time, they start to come to some truths about themselves, their desires, and the lives they want.

Although One Stupid Thing is marketed as a mystery/thriller and it certainly has elements of that, in the end I thought it was just a good, strong story. I really liked the complexity of each character, their flaws and vulnerabilities. I also loved the LGBTQIA+ representation in the book. That's one of the reasons I find YA novels so refreshing.

I was pleased to be part of the blog tour for this book. Storygram Tours and Turner Publishing provided me a complimentary advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it avaiable!

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