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Format: Trade Paperback
Page Count: 328
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Australian RRP: $19.99
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sypnosis from University Queensland Press –
Henry Hamlet doesn’t know what he wants after school ends. It’s his last semester of year twelve and all he’s sure of is his uncanny ability to make situations awkward. Luckily, he can always hide behind his enigmatic best friend, Len. They’ve been friends since forever, but where Len is mysterious, Henry is clumsy; where Len is a heart-throb, Henry is a neurotic mess. Somehow it’s always worked.
That is, until Henry falls. Hard. For the last person he imagined.
From an exciting debut author comes this passionate story of growing up, letting go, and learning how to love.
I received a copy of Henry Hamlet’s Heart by University Queensland Press in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
Oh, my goodness gracious me! What an absolutely beautiful, sparkling, gem of a read! As soon as I read the prologue, it felt like I’d stumbled upon something so filled with heart, I just knew too that Henry Hamlet’s Heart was going to pack a punch! Truthfully, pretty much right from the get go, I’d actually tried to prolong finishing it, Henry and Len feeling so real, so raw, that I didn’t want to let them go! Each time I fell back into their lives, I felt like I was getting the coziest of hugs from Henry Hamlet’s Heart, despite being served a healthy slice of angst alongside, given what was happening throughout! As the title suggests, Henry Hamlet’s Heart possesses an abundance of emotions and, well, heart!
I absolutely love the heart and joy that Rhiannon Wilde poured into this book, I do think Henry Hamlet’s Heart is more character oriented than plot, though that being said, the narrative moves rapidly along and I just found myself not wanting it to end, though I found myself, when I was reading it, that I couldn’t resist reading on, hungrily turning the pages, eager, though slightly concerned as to what might happen to these treasures next!
It felt so refreshing reading a book where the main character had no idea what he wanted out of life! This is one of the many reasons I will always love Young Adult Fiction, because the characters aren’t necessarily always completely put together in that they have an idea where things are completely headed in life! Henry just doesn’t quite know at all what he wants to do, I remember that fear too well, when year 12 was rapidly approaching, you’re headed into adulthood and things feel like they’re going a bit too fast! You just want to lean into the beautiful book and reassure Henry that everything will be okay, given what he’s finding himself going through, with his favourite person!
Just, aah! Henry’s so unabashedly awkward too, which is always relatable, but Len is literally the King of Cool, they’re just such a wonderful counterpart to one another, I cannot tell you enough how rapidly I found myself shipping them, absolutely needing things to be perfect and peachy for them! Alongside Len and Henry Hamlet, who often just went by his surname (which suited him so, so much, just, so soulful!), there’s also the rest of their small band of Brotherhood, their friendship group were collectively known as The Boiyss and oh, I just loved their fabulous scenes, their bonds and their banter together, that no matter what they’re going through, whether it’s unsupportive families, heartbreak, girl problems, chaotic wedding planning, The Boiyss will always have one another’s backs!
Henry’s family dynamic was absolutely gorgeous throughout, so heartwarming!! I loved his Granny, how often do you pick up a book and find that the main character’s Grandmother is bisexual?! My heart was so happy! And getting married too, to her beloved Marigold aka Goldie! I loved reading about them and I equally loved her scenes with Henry, when she had heart to hearts with him, giving her beloved Grandson her words of wisdom about love! Also, Henry had such a precious little brother, I loved his cheeky innocence and heart!
Easily one of my favourite LoveOzYA novels that I’ve had the absolute pleasure of reading, I pretty much started gushing about this sparkling treasure of book as soon as I got started with it, it’s not only one I’ll always recommend but it’s one I will definitely look forward to reading again!