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The gorgeous new feelgood LGBTQ+ romantic comedy from the author of Date Me, Bryson Keller! Two boys. Two bands. Two worlds colliding. Nate Hargraves - stage-shy singer-songwriter - is totally stoked for his cousin's wedding in South Africa, an all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. Until he finds out his sleazeball ex-boyfriend is also on the guest list. Jai Patel - hot-as-he The gorgeous new feelgood LGBTQ+ romantic comedy from the author of Date Me, Bryson Keller! Two boys. Two bands. Two worlds colliding. Nate Hargraves - stage-shy singer-songwriter - is totally stoked for his cousin's wedding in South Africa, an all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. Until he finds out his sleazeball ex-boyfriend is also on the guest list. Jai Patel - hot-as-hell high school rock-god - has troubles too. His band's lead singer has quit, just weeks before the gig that was meant to be their big break. When Nate saves the day by agreeing to sing with Jai's band, Jai volunteers to be Nate's plus-one to the wedding, and the stage is set for a summer of music, self-discovery, and simmering romantic tension. What could possibly go wrong . . . ?


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The gorgeous new feelgood LGBTQ+ romantic comedy from the author of Date Me, Bryson Keller! Two boys. Two bands. Two worlds colliding. Nate Hargraves - stage-shy singer-songwriter - is totally stoked for his cousin's wedding in South Africa, an all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. Until he finds out his sleazeball ex-boyfriend is also on the guest list. Jai Patel - hot-as-he The gorgeous new feelgood LGBTQ+ romantic comedy from the author of Date Me, Bryson Keller! Two boys. Two bands. Two worlds colliding. Nate Hargraves - stage-shy singer-songwriter - is totally stoked for his cousin's wedding in South Africa, an all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. Until he finds out his sleazeball ex-boyfriend is also on the guest list. Jai Patel - hot-as-hell high school rock-god - has troubles too. His band's lead singer has quit, just weeks before the gig that was meant to be their big break. When Nate saves the day by agreeing to sing with Jai's band, Jai volunteers to be Nate's plus-one to the wedding, and the stage is set for a summer of music, self-discovery, and simmering romantic tension. What could possibly go wrong . . . ?

30 review for Nate Plus One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marieke (mariekes_mesmerizing_books)

    Actual rating 3.5 stars. Nate Plus One is a sweet and cute feel-good story for all of us who need some hours of distraction and love a best friends to lovers trope. When I started reading Nate Plus One, I was confused. Simply because I read the blurb wrong. For those of you who might do the same thing, this story is about Nate, who has a crush on his best friend Jai, and at the same time, he still needs closure with his ex-boyfriend. I thought Jai was the ex-boyfriend … I thought Jai was in one ba Actual rating 3.5 stars. Nate Plus One is a sweet and cute feel-good story for all of us who need some hours of distraction and love a best friends to lovers trope. When I started reading Nate Plus One, I was confused. Simply because I read the blurb wrong. For those of you who might do the same thing, this story is about Nate, who has a crush on his best friend Jai, and at the same time, he still needs closure with his ex-boyfriend. I thought Jai was the ex-boyfriend … I thought Jai was in one band and Nate in the other … Wrong, so wrong. Nate Plus One is very easily readable and a book to read in one or a few sittings. The writing is engaging, and those two boys were adorable together. It was palpable that they liked each other a lot from the first moment, and I rooted for them to kiss finally. Whereas I misunderstood the blurb, it’s also a bit misleading, in my opinion. It talks of two boys. Two bands. Two worlds colliding. Yes, there are two boys. And somewhere far, far in the background, two bands are competing. But two worlds colliding? This probably points to the differences between Nate’s life in the US and his family’s life in South Africa. Kevin van Whye shows us his love for his home country, and I genuinely appreciate that. I loved reading about the South African way of life and how Kevin interwove apartheid into this story. Really well done! But somewhere in my mind, something kept gnawing. Because next to the chapter about apartheid, we only get to look at the richer part of the people. The very rich part! I think it’s a missed opportunity not to show us other aspects, the rougher, poorer parts, the high HIV infection grade. I also wanted to know more about Jai. I’d have loved to read his point of view, too, because I think his character is a bit underdeveloped and too one-dimensional. He’s sweet, he’s nice, and that’s about it. Despite my criticism, I really enjoyed this book, and that’s why I rounded my rating up instead of down. Like I said, this is a feel-good story, above all. Read it when you want to relax with the sun on your face. Follow me on Instagram

  2. 5 out of 5

    Henry Duarte

    Is this one gonna be a stolen novel also?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    after adoring date me, bryson keller, i'm very excited to hear more about this one after adoring date me, bryson keller, i'm very excited to hear more about this one

  4. 4 out of 5

    Darcey

    ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review. 3 RELATABLE STARS Three Minute Thoughts: This wasn’t as well-written as I expected. The romance was quite sweet, and I liked the individual characters and the brief flirty banter between them, but sections of the book felt quite stilted or disjointed, and the book seemed to dip between showing and telling. Some of the story seemed quite realitic in the stupidity of the teenagers, but other sections seem ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review. 3 RELATABLE STARS Three Minute Thoughts: This wasn’t as well-written as I expected. The romance was quite sweet, and I liked the individual characters and the brief flirty banter between them, but sections of the book felt quite stilted or disjointed, and the book seemed to dip between showing and telling. Some of the story seemed quite realitic in the stupidity of the teenagers, but other sections seemed a little too ridiculous, and I wasn’t fully captivated by this. The Extended, Long, and Very-Possibly-Messy Review: Good things first! Nate Plus One did have some really cute romance, and I did enjoy the relationship that built up between the mains – it was flirty and over the top and romantic and adorable. They were both reasonably well fleshed-out characters, and they had some top-notch flirting that made me giggle, plus who doesn’t love the blatant head-in-sand attitude of a teenager refusing to believe their love may be requited? “And the more I think about it, even liking Jai Patel was totally accidental. It was totally unavoidable too.” (This quote may not be in the published version of this novel, it was copied from the advanced reader’s copy.) There were also a couple side characters who I loved with all my heart and soul – I can’t help but wish we got more of Gemma and Meghan! “Gemma nudges me with an elbow. ‘That’s what best friends are for. We’re here to inflate egos and bash the competition. Two things I do very well.'” (This quote may not be in the published version of this novel, it was copied from the advanced reader’s copy.) Now the less-good things. The writing style seemed to vary between being extremely childish and well-suited to the mind of a teenage boy, and being mature and adult. I feel that if the author had simply stuck to one style or mood it would’ve been much improved – both were perfectly decent styles, I simply didn’t enjoy the constant changes and variation running through the book. I also felt that the timing in the book was a little strange, as there would be long (possibly too long) sections leading up to some important event or other, and then the event would happen incredibly quickly and be over in a whirlwind, which me left scrambling behind, trying to catch up and work out what was going on. All round, I simply felt this book was hasty, and not particularly captivating because of that. Nonetheless, I definitely did enjoy some aspects of Nate Plus One, and I thank the author, publisher and TBR & Beyond Tours for providing me with a copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    This was fun, sweet, gave me all the feels, etc! It has best friends to lovers, one of my favorite tropes ever, and was done really well in my opinion. The plot was predictable as romances often are, but still so much fun to read. I finished the entire book in about 2 hours. Not a ton of character depth for any of the characters in the story which is why I was able to tear through it so fast, but I had a good time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teal

    After enjoying the author's previous book, Date Me, Bryson Keller, I was looking forward to reading more by him. So I was surprised to find this one not to my taste at all. It doesn't seem like it was written by the same person. Two things about the style combined to drive me away. First, there's too much telling. Unnecessary telling. Infodumping, basically, of stuff that strikes me as filler rather than necessary to the story. Second, the 1st-person narrative does not sound like the voice of a t After enjoying the author's previous book, Date Me, Bryson Keller, I was looking forward to reading more by him. So I was surprised to find this one not to my taste at all. It doesn't seem like it was written by the same person. Two things about the style combined to drive me away. First, there's too much telling. Unnecessary telling. Infodumping, basically, of stuff that strikes me as filler rather than necessary to the story. Second, the 1st-person narrative does not sound like the voice of a teenager. I don't remember either of those being a problem in the first book. Here's a chunk of text illustrating both: We head downstairs to find the women of the Patel house already seated at the table. Even with her busy schedule, Ms. Patel makes sure to have at least one family dinner each week, most times on a Friday. I slide in between Jai and his younger sister. Kamala, with her dark brown skin and curly black hair, looks the most like her mom. She’s reading A Game of Magic and Mayhem, the first book in a popular fantasy series. Kamala may be thirteen, but she’s dead set on becoming a writer. I'm not saying this kind of writing is bad. I'm not saying you shouldn't read it. I'm simply saying that it did not work for me. At all. So, DNF @ 18% (before much of anything has actually happened, so I guess I can add being slow off the mark to the list of things I found problematic). I hope this finds its audience, but sadly that audience does not include me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    From the author's website: "High school senior Nate Hargreaves is not looking forward to his wealthy aunt's wedding retreat in South Africa - until his crush Jai Patel, an indie rock musician, volunteers to be his plus-one. This gay love story, pitched as What if It's Us meets Crazy Rich Asians, is set in the author's home country of South Africa." From the author's website: "High school senior Nate Hargreaves is not looking forward to his wealthy aunt's wedding retreat in South Africa - until his crush Jai Patel, an indie rock musician, volunteers to be his plus-one. This gay love story, pitched as What if It's Us meets Crazy Rich Asians, is set in the author's home country of South Africa."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    4.5 stars rounded up This was very cute gay friends to lovers romance! And a TRUE YA romance, not just a contemporary with a romantic subplot! (which is surprisingly hard to find) Nate is a talented singer with stage-fright who is excited to attend his cousin's glamorous wedding in South Africa. But this will be the first time he sees that side of his family since coming out as gay. And then he finds out that his secret ex-boyfriend will be there too. Jai is part of a successful indie rock band an 4.5 stars rounded up This was very cute gay friends to lovers romance! And a TRUE YA romance, not just a contemporary with a romantic subplot! (which is surprisingly hard to find) Nate is a talented singer with stage-fright who is excited to attend his cousin's glamorous wedding in South Africa. But this will be the first time he sees that side of his family since coming out as gay. And then he finds out that his secret ex-boyfriend will be there too. Jai is part of a successful indie rock band and Nate's best friend. When their lead singer bails right before a big competition, Nate offers to fill in and Jai offers to come to the wedding as a plus one to provide buffer with the ex. But Nate is secretly crushing on Jai and the feeling just might be mutual... I really enjoyed this and loved how much it got into South African culture and history as well. The author is a biracial gay man from South Africa and you can see how that experience is woven into the story. The book touches on apartheid and how recent it really is among other things. There are some instances of homophobia though most of Nate's family is supportive and accepting of who he is. The book is also very sex-positive. While anything beyond kissing happens off page, it is clearly stated that condoms were used. Overall a great book! Definitely would recommend. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley, all opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    Needed a distraction from my anxiety, and this was a good fit. It was a very quick read, with a cute romance, and I loved seeing Nate go on a trip to South-Africa, to see his father's family. I was however hoping that music would play a bigger part in this book - it mostly took a backseat when the synopsis suggested otherwise. Also, I felt like the story was a little underdeveloped and I would have liked it to be fleshed out more. Needed a distraction from my anxiety, and this was a good fit. It was a very quick read, with a cute romance, and I loved seeing Nate go on a trip to South-Africa, to see his father's family. I was however hoping that music would play a bigger part in this book - it mostly took a backseat when the synopsis suggested otherwise. Also, I felt like the story was a little underdeveloped and I would have liked it to be fleshed out more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    Can we please get more LGBTQ+ books with Black leads please? I feel like most of the books I read with gay characters are white and I'd love to see more diversity. I also appreciated that since this book partly takes place in South Africa, the history of apartheid is addressed and explained pretty well. This is a cute story, featuring best friends to lovers, a band competition, and a super fancy and fun wedding. I liked the awkward flirting between Nate and Jai and that their relationship had hi Can we please get more LGBTQ+ books with Black leads please? I feel like most of the books I read with gay characters are white and I'd love to see more diversity. I also appreciated that since this book partly takes place in South Africa, the history of apartheid is addressed and explained pretty well. This is a cute story, featuring best friends to lovers, a band competition, and a super fancy and fun wedding. I liked the awkward flirting between Nate and Jai and that their relationship had history backing it up. There's the requisite drama scene, but it doesn't go on for too long and leads into a nice happy ending. There were some parts of this that seemed to happen quickly and we just got a couple sentences explaining what happened instead of seeing things unfold. I would have liked to have this be a bit longer so we could see things play out more. I also thought we didn't know much about the characters and wanted to see their development go deeper. I thought this was an easy read and got through it pretty quickly. There are fun and sweet moments and I'm always up for a lighthearted story. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All opinions are my own. Thank you to Random House Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for the copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andreas

    There's a lot going on in this book. A music band in need of a singer, also in need of a new song, two best friends crushing on each other, but both afraid to take the next step, a shitty ex, a family wedding, South African history, South African culture, South African food, the clash of rich and poor… a lot. Probably too much, because we're just rushed through it all, always on the surface, never going deeper. Also it's mostly telling instead of showing. So this book feels more like nonfiction There's a lot going on in this book. A music band in need of a singer, also in need of a new song, two best friends crushing on each other, but both afraid to take the next step, a shitty ex, a family wedding, South African history, South African culture, South African food, the clash of rich and poor… a lot. Probably too much, because we're just rushed through it all, always on the surface, never going deeper. Also it's mostly telling instead of showing. So this book feels more like nonfiction instead of a novel. Sometimes it even feels like a travel guide or a history book. That's not really a bad thing, but it's not the heartfelt rom-com I'd expected it to be. It is cute and entertaining. But also very predictable. If you're looking for a comfort-read, something soothing, then this book's for you. A good and solid read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    I have been wanting to read Nate Plus One since I saw that Kevin Van Whye was writing a new book. I enjoyed Date Me, Bryson Keller immensely and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. Nate has been secretly crushing on Jai, one of his best friends, since he walked into his life a couple years ago. He’s still broken from his first boyfriend, Tommy, who moved away to college and ghosted him. That relationship really shaped how he reacts to everything else. When Jai’s band mate suddenly quits be I have been wanting to read Nate Plus One since I saw that Kevin Van Whye was writing a new book. I enjoyed Date Me, Bryson Keller immensely and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. Nate has been secretly crushing on Jai, one of his best friends, since he walked into his life a couple years ago. He’s still broken from his first boyfriend, Tommy, who moved away to college and ghosted him. That relationship really shaped how he reacts to everything else. When Jai’s band mate suddenly quits before the competition that could get them their big break, Nate steps up to take his place so that they won’t have to back out. Only problem is… his horrible stage fright. So I guess that means a lot of one on one practices…. Right? So I really enjoyed this book, but I felt there was a little disconnect from the beginning, middle, and end. I think either we needed more with the band at the end of the book or the whole entire battle of the bands removed, because there could have been a lot of different reasons for Jai and Nate to be spending time together. They liked each other and are best friends. That was the ONLY reason this wasn’t a 5. I REALLY enjoyed the characters, the South African trip, all of the culture and familial relationships (minus one person), the adorable relationship that Nate & Jai had going… there was so much going for this book. OHHHH!! And I finished it in one sitting. That is exactly what I needed right now.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Silvia

    I am not a big reader of contemporary but I loved "Date me, Bryson Keller" so much that I had to instantly add this to my most anticipated releases of 2022, even though the only thing I know about this book is its title <3 I am not a big reader of contemporary but I loved "Date me, Bryson Keller" so much that I had to instantly add this to my most anticipated releases of 2022, even though the only thing I know about this book is its title <3

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    That was adorable. The slow building tension was amazing, and there's only a little bit of conflict at the end. The rest is just the two falling, and the will-they won't-they, as Nate explores his roots and spends time with his family in South Africa. There's nothing particularly heavy (the homophobia isn't extreme, but it's definitely present and confronting), it's mostly just a story about two boys who fall in love and try to write a song together. The building attraction and tension and flirt That was adorable. The slow building tension was amazing, and there's only a little bit of conflict at the end. The rest is just the two falling, and the will-they won't-they, as Nate explores his roots and spends time with his family in South Africa. There's nothing particularly heavy (the homophobia isn't extreme, but it's definitely present and confronting), it's mostly just a story about two boys who fall in love and try to write a song together. The building attraction and tension and flirting between Nate and Jai is amazing and what made me love this book so much. So damn chunky you can carve it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nazanin

    I love reading romance books about friends to lovers and this one was a short and sweet one. Let’s just Jai is totally husband material.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    I unfortunately didn’t enjoy this one as much as Date Me, Bryson Keller but it was still a good book! instagram || my blog || tiktok I unfortunately didn’t enjoy this one as much as Date Me, Bryson Keller but it was still a good book! instagram || my blog || tiktok

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kalle

    Nate Plus One follows a high school student named Ben (just kidding it's about a kid named Nate). He is getting over a breakup with his new boyfriend and has a crush on his friend/bandmate hottie, Jai. When Nate goes to South Africa for a wedding and to visit his late father's family, Jai agrees to come with him. But uh oh, his ex is going to be there as well!! What will happen?? I thought this book looked cute and like a fun summer romance read. I was interested in the South Africa aspect as I h Nate Plus One follows a high school student named Ben (just kidding it's about a kid named Nate). He is getting over a breakup with his new boyfriend and has a crush on his friend/bandmate hottie, Jai. When Nate goes to South Africa for a wedding and to visit his late father's family, Jai agrees to come with him. But uh oh, his ex is going to be there as well!! What will happen?? I thought this book looked cute and like a fun summer romance read. I was interested in the South Africa aspect as I haven't read any books set in South Africa. Unfortunately, this book felt like a Frankenstein of a queer YA romance, a South African tourism pamphlet, a finding yourself as an artist story, and a chess strategy book. I say the chess strategy because oh my god did this book just feel like descriptions of what people were doing. "I went to the cabinet. I took out a glass. I filled it with water. I put it to my lips. It felt cold. Then Jai came over and said, 'the water is cold, huh?' I nodded as I felt the cold water slide down my throat." 95% of the prose was just about where characters were and what they were doing. Very much tell and not show. I have no idea how any of the characters felt by the end of the book. And then sections were slammed with South African food and culture, which was fun but felt so "they did this which is done in South Africa" and "they ate this which is a traditional food of South Africa" that it felt like it was for South African tourism and not a cute YA book. And that's not even including the romance or the band subplots! Which were fine. I guess. I liked the representation and some of the parts about South Africa but this book felt so all over the place that I finished it feeling confused. If any of what I wrote above sounds exciting to you, I would give it a try. 2.25 stars from me rounded down to 2. Thank you to Random House Children's and NetGalley for the electronic advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    This was basically the plot of any Disney channel movie about bands BUT make it queer - great premise, but the storytelling was super clinical which I just didn't mesh with, sadly. This was basically the plot of any Disney channel movie about bands BUT make it queer - great premise, but the storytelling was super clinical which I just didn't mesh with, sadly.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Charne

    Cannot wait for this!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jane (whatjanereads)

    TW: homophobic relative Rep: gay African American MC, bi Indian American loveinterest, gay SC; best friends to lovers Nate is a nerdy and kinda shy teenager living with his single mother in the US ever since his father died when he was still a small child. When they both get invited to his (very rich) cousins wedding in South-Afrika, including first class tickets and all, he’s extremely excited to finally see where his father grew up. But the plans get upset when his mum has to take some sick cowork TW: homophobic relative Rep: gay African American MC, bi Indian American loveinterest, gay SC; best friends to lovers Nate is a nerdy and kinda shy teenager living with his single mother in the US ever since his father died when he was still a small child. When they both get invited to his (very rich) cousins wedding in South-Afrika, including first class tickets and all, he’s extremely excited to finally see where his father grew up. But the plans get upset when his mum has to take some sick coworkers shifts at the hospital. Nate needs a replacement date for the wedding desperately, finding out his ex boyfriend will be there only making things worse. So when his best friend and secret crush offers to come, how can he say no? Seems like the perfect idea, right? But how will Nate manage to keep his feelings hidden and how will seeing his ex for the first time after their horrible break up again be? I absolutely loved that this book takes place in Africa! I don’t think I’ve read a book like that before and I loved learning more about the traditions, local food and history! It was perfect that Nate was kind of a tourist himself, so we got to experience it all with him for the first time and things were explained in a little more detail. Nate and Jai both play in a band and they’re both music lovers. I loved seeing them work out song lyrics together and go to practice. Their romance was also very cute, for my taste we were thrown into the story a little too sudden though. I would have loved to learn more about their starting point, how their relationship developed and what made Nate fall in love with him. All in all for me there was a little too much going on in this book. We have Nate visiting his fathers family for the first time, Nate and a relative having their issues, Nate’s ex boyfriend being at the wedding all the way across the world (kind of a huge coincidence), Nate’s feelings for Jai, the band thing, Nate’s stage fright, the competition and the huge drama at the end (no spoilers). To me it was a LOT and I didn’t really see where the plot was going and what the main theme was here. It didn’t help that the style of writing was rather simple and clinical, which was my main problem with this book. If you’re looking for a quick and easy YA LGBTQ+ romance with an amazing setting and realistic teenage characters this will be for you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    thesapphiccelticbookworm

    Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for a copy of this book. Nate Hargraves' looking forward to his cousin's wedding in South Africa until he learns that his ex-boyfriend Tommy will be there, and his mother can't travel with him. Luckily his friend (and crush) Jai Patel steps up and says he'll go as his plus one. Meanwhile the lead-singer in Jai's band quits and betrays them just before a competition finale. Nate volunteers to take his place. This is fun, easy to read, mainly lighthearted book, but it Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for a copy of this book. Nate Hargraves' looking forward to his cousin's wedding in South Africa until he learns that his ex-boyfriend Tommy will be there, and his mother can't travel with him. Luckily his friend (and crush) Jai Patel steps up and says he'll go as his plus one. Meanwhile the lead-singer in Jai's band quits and betrays them just before a competition finale. Nate volunteers to take his place. This is fun, easy to read, mainly lighthearted book, but it does deal with difficult topics at times. I loved seeing the relationship between Nate and his Ouma (grandmother). It's great to see a non-Western setting for a YA contemporary, I don't think this is something we see enough of. My main critique of this book is that it's too short; I would really like to have seen more of a resolution of Tommy's story. The book felt like it ended too abruptly and could have used an epilogue.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    3.5 stars Headlines: Incredibly cute Best friends to best more I found this to be such a cute read, engaging and predictable. So, it was nothing new but it brought the feels and fun even so. Nate and his best bud of late Jai, were bandmates. This story took them from the U.S to South Africa and it threw in some Apartheid history which was nicely balanced in the tale. There was a wedding, an ex, a nasty uncle and an amazing grandma. Miscommunication was a theme but I loved where things ended up. All in 3.5 stars Headlines: Incredibly cute Best friends to best more I found this to be such a cute read, engaging and predictable. So, it was nothing new but it brought the feels and fun even so. Nate and his best bud of late Jai, were bandmates. This story took them from the U.S to South Africa and it threw in some Apartheid history which was nicely balanced in the tale. There was a wedding, an ex, a nasty uncle and an amazing grandma. Miscommunication was a theme but I loved where things ended up. All in all a sweet read. Content warnings: homophobia

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Bartos

    *3.5 stars This was a cute friends-to-lovers story that never really reached past the surface, I think due to its shorter length with the amount it's trying to tackle. While I liked it, I didn't love it like I did his first book, Date Me, Bryson Keller because I didn't feel especially pulled to the characters or their relationship. It's not the first m/m romance I'd recommend, but it's definitely not the last! *3.5 stars This was a cute friends-to-lovers story that never really reached past the surface, I think due to its shorter length with the amount it's trying to tackle. While I liked it, I didn't love it like I did his first book, Date Me, Bryson Keller because I didn't feel especially pulled to the characters or their relationship. It's not the first m/m romance I'd recommend, but it's definitely not the last!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Georgia Fradico

    A fun and light love story! Nate and Jai are sweethearts and I loved their story. The writing is simple but good, works really well. The South Africa setting was amazing and I enjoyed traveling with the characters. If you want a quick read, I totally recommend it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carly [A Beauty & Her Books]

    Can we talk about how cute this book was? It was such a fun read and I love for the friends-to-lovers trope (like seriously, I cannot get enough of it🥺). Nate, song-writer with a fear of audiences, volunteers to be the lead singer in his best friend (and crush) Jai’s band. That right there shows how much he loves him. But wait, it gets better! After Nate’s mother is unable to attend a family wedding in South Africa, Jain volunteers and my heart SOARS! Like, you can just imagine to the feelings Can we talk about how cute this book was? It was such a fun read and I love for the friends-to-lovers trope (like seriously, I cannot get enough of it🥺). Nate, song-writer with a fear of audiences, volunteers to be the lead singer in his best friend (and crush) Jai’s band. That right there shows how much he loves him. But wait, it gets better! After Nate’s mother is unable to attend a family wedding in South Africa, Jain volunteers and my heart SOARS! Like, you can just imagine to the feelings and the magic that is going to happen on this trip. I loved the setting of this book. I don’t think I’ve read many YA books that take place in South Africa but I really have to change that. The author perfectly illustrates the landscape, variety of scenes, languages, and people, oh and let’s not forget the usual tourist attractions that safari rides. There is one thing that I would’ve loved a tad more information on, which is the bits that would provide more connection to the characters but then it wasn’t really mentioned again. For example, Nate is a history buff (I mean, so am I so l really liked this!) But it was only really mentioned in the one chapter😕 Overall I really enjoyed this read. It’s about overcoming your family’s judgements, move on in your life, and learning to take what you deserve. Oh, and let’s throw in a once-in-a-lifetime trip to wrap it all up? Yes please!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

    Have you ever read a book smiling throughout it? Well, this one made me smile and I loved it. Nate Plus One was a cute queer love story about Nate who needed a date to his cousin’s wedding in South Africa. When his mom couldn't go and his ex was going to be at this epic wedding, Nate didn't want to go alone. When his best friend/ crush Jai volunteered to go with him as his plus one, he was thrilled, but scared since he had feelings for him. This was a story of love, family, crushes, closures, ra Have you ever read a book smiling throughout it? Well, this one made me smile and I loved it. Nate Plus One was a cute queer love story about Nate who needed a date to his cousin’s wedding in South Africa. When his mom couldn't go and his ex was going to be at this epic wedding, Nate didn't want to go alone. When his best friend/ crush Jai volunteered to go with him as his plus one, he was thrilled, but scared since he had feelings for him. This was a story of love, family, crushes, closures, racism, homophobia, and friendships. As he navigated his way learning more about his father (who passed years ago), his Ouma Lettie (grandma), and his best friend Jai, he learned so much about his own strength, self acceptance and self love. There were tender/poignant moments that I was glad to have kleenix close by, but it was totally worth it. The ending though I wish was a bit different, maybe an epilogue of what happened in six months time. Overall, I absolutely loved it! I recommend this cute story to everyone that loves love. There are triggers of death of a parent. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hayley (hayleyinpages)

    This was very cute! I finished it all in one sitting A sweet friends to romantic partners story. If you are looking for a quick, mostly light read, this one is really easy. TW: homophobia in a family member

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sally ✨

    Woof, I was expecting too much, but the ending was kind of not what I was hoping for. But that's ok, I loved the history about the Apartheid, the bits about South Africa and the chemistry between them. Woof, I was expecting too much, but the ending was kind of not what I was hoping for. But that's ok, I loved the history about the Apartheid, the bits about South Africa and the chemistry between them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ly

    2.5* there were some fun parts here and idk maybe I'm just really outgrowing the YA narrative style but the writing was kinda heavy handed most of the time 2.5* there were some fun parts here and idk maybe I'm just really outgrowing the YA narrative style but the writing was kinda heavy handed most of the time

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aarons_books

    Cute romcom. I love a good best friends to lovers.

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