Book Review: Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin Van Whye

Title: Date me, Bryson Keller
By: Kevin Van Whye
Genre: Romance
Pages: 336
Release Date: May 19th, 2020
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads:

What If It's Us meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before in this upbeat and heartfelt boy-meets-boy romance that feels like a modern twist on a '90s rom-com!

Everyone knows about the dare: Each week, Bryson Keller must date someone new--the first person to ask him out on Monday morning. Few think Bryson can do it. He may be the king of Fairvale Academy, but he's never really dated before.

Until a boy asks him out, and everything changes.

Kai Sheridan didn't expect Bryson to say yes. So when Bryson agrees to secretly go out with him, Kai is thrown for a loop. But as the days go by, he discovers there's more to Bryson beneath the surface, and dating him begins to feel less like an act and more like the real thing. Kai knows how the story of a gay boy liking someone straight ends. With his heart on the line, he's awkwardly trying to navigate senior year at school, at home, and in the closet, all while grappling with the fact that this "relationship" will last only five days. After all, Bryson Keller is popular, good-looking, and straight . . . right?

Kevin van Whye delivers an uplifting and poignant coming-out love story that will have readers rooting for these two teens to share their hearts with the world--and with each other.


This was a nice story, not a great story. I didn't feel like there was anything exciting or special about the romance. It was two normal teenage boys going to high school and figuring out what it means to be together as a couple. I wish there had been more content to the story.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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