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Arthur and Teddy Are Coming Out: The uplifting, feel-good read of 2023

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When 79-year-old Arthur Edwards gathers his family together to share that he's gay, and after a lifetime in the closet, he's finally ready to come out. He shows that life begins at whatever age the individual chooses; that we are responsible for our own happiness and that being old doesn’t mean that life is over. Während Arthur sich also dazu entschließt, endlich er selbst zu sein, fällt seinem Enkel Teddy das gar nicht so leicht. Reading his acknowledgements just added that extra link to the story, the sadness he's experienced in life really reflect the story well.

Big thank you to Harlequin for sending me an advanced copy of this book, it has been nothing short of a joy to read this. Arthur and Teddy are Grandad and Grandson and they are going through the exact same thing but Arthur tells his family he’s Gay first leaving Teddy shocked at the news but even more wary of telling his family his own news because of the reaction his Grandad Arthur got. Similarly, with a lot going on in the plot and the need for everything to feel resolved due to the necessary happy ending of the genre, the ending is quite rushed and a lot of things suddenly happen with time jumps that don't quite feel fully realised.However that being said, it was a Heart-warming story about a grandfather and his grandson both coming to terms with revealing to the family, that they are gay. The ending was extremely rushed, and Teddy’s romance was so cheesy and predictable that I actually found it off-putting rather than romantic.

And because things are often so shallow, a lot of the character decisions seem to come out of left field.

Any images and covers will have a text description for the visually impaired enabled through their device's text-to-speech function and similarly, this complies with digital braille readers and similar devices. Arthur and Teddy Are Coming Out is a feel good novel about a man and his grandson both telling their family that they are gay. Arthur's 21-year-old grandson, Teddy, has a secret of his own: he's also gay, and developing serious feelings for his colleague Ben. I loved the way Shakeel’s presence bubbles along so that he helps define Teddy in the reader’s mind.

Everything is right there on the page, no subtlety behind anything, and when characters talk it often feels like the author is standing just above them maneuvering their strings. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Um ganz ehrlich zu sein, habe ich zu diesem Buch gegriffen, ohne den Klappentext großartig zu lesen, ich habe nur den Titel gesehen und dachte: „grandios, es ist schon lange wieder Zeit für eine queere Geschichte“. It’s hard to read a book when you find yourself so thoroughly at odds with almost all of it that you start to wonder if maybe it’s your beliefs about how to treat people are the ones which are wrong. Honestly, I expected a sweet, funny, and meaningful story about this guy and his grandpa navigating coming out together and the intergenerational support and respect that the queer community desperately needs more of.The bond between Teddy and Arthur is amazing, and you can really see both of the men grow into even more amazing human beings. I know it's a fictional book but the kind homophobic stuff in it is horrific and should really stay in a fictional book.

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