It Looks Like This

A new state, a new city, a new high school Mike s father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don t want to go Dad wants Mike to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, but there s something uneasy behind his demands.Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and hey becomes games of basketball,A new state, a new city, a new high school Mike s father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don t want to go Dad wants Mike to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, but there s something uneasy behind his demands.Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and hey becomes games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school A night at the beach The fierce colors of sunrise But Mike s father is always watching And so is Victor from school, cell phone in hand.
It Looks Like This A new state a new city a new high school Mike s father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister Toby don t want to go Dad

  • Title: It Looks Like This
  • Author: Rafi Mittlefehldt
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “It Looks Like This”

    1. Esse não foi um livro fácil de ler e não vai ser um livro fácil de avaliar. Por mais que a história tenha algumas coisas que fariam eu ODIAR o livro, eu me senti tão emocionalmente conectado com o protagonista que no fim das contas eu acabei gostando muito.Ano passado eu li o livro de memórias Boy Erased: A Memoir onde eu encontrei, pela primeira vez, alguém que soubesse definir a minha relação com Deus. Agora, lendo It Look Like This eu encontrei um personagem que viveu exatamente a m [...]

    2. I'm bothered by a lot of things about this book. The complete lack of quotation marks with the dialogue so annoying and I didn't see how it benefited the story. It made the entire story seem very flat and didn't have any emotion. I didn't find this book to be particularly different from a bunch of other books that I've read. The plot was very similar to other LBGTQ+ books that I've read and I was kind of bored by it.

    3. It Looks Like This is phenomenal, rage inducing and absolutely heartbreaking. Having only just turned the final page, I was compelled to gather my thoughts and emotions, frantically, passionately through tears and sorrow.The narrative is told from almost fifteen year old Michael's point of view. Although young, he's a mature young man that finds himself taking an interest in the same sex. Mike never identifies himself to the reader as being gay, but finds himself attracted to boys. He's intellig [...]

    4. A copy of this novel was provided by Walker Books Australia for review.My ThoughtsI honestly can’t give It Looks Like This a rating because my thoughts on the book are far too complicated to whittle down to a number out of five. And ratings often correlate with recommending a book, and in all honestly I cannot recommend It Looks Like This to LGBTQIA+ teens.It Looks Like This is a Tragic Queer Story. And by that I mean a terribly tragic thing happens in this story for everyone who is a horrible [...]

    5. This book was kind of disappointing, and predictable. I basically skimmed the last 100 or so pages. Both Sean and Mike have stereotypically religious families, so their relationship is doomed almost from the start. I did like Mike’s little sister Toby, and when his mom finally stood up to his dad at the end. It’s a slow read so I wouldn’t recommend it for someone looking to get into books with m/m romance.

    6. Gave up after 50 pages. Only Cormac McCarthy can get away with refusing to use quotation marks for dialogue--and it annoys the hell out of me that he does it in the first place.The prose is just a recitation of facts in the most droll manner possible. The comparison of Mittlefehldt's prose to Raymond Carver's made me read one of Carver's stories/get a general understanding of why Carver is considered a significant writer, but I saw no similarities between them. Carver's story still has a rhythm [...]

    7. actual rating: 3.5one of my goals this year is to read more books with diverse characters and stories and i'm hoping to get this goal done for 2017. This book deals with LGBT issues and the struggles that comes with it being in a very christian heavy family. This story did open up my mind and eyes to what it must feel like for any lesbian or gay or even bisexual person would go through living with this and how a family all reacts in different ways. The story follows Mike who is a 'closeted' gay [...]

    8. Possibly 3 1/2 VERY SAD stars for this one. This book was a heart breaker, its told from Mike's POV, he is a 14 year old who moved to Virginia within a year or two. His family dynamic is really difficult, overbearing, cold, and unhappy father and for most of the story a pushover for a mom. The only one with some sort of a brain appears to be the younger sister. Due to this dated family structure Mike is extremely sheltered, his thoughts are so simple and naive - yet I think its due to his parent [...]

    9. This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!Thanks to Walker Books Australia for providing a review copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.It Looks Like This is a heartbreaking story about identity and the painful experience of being a disappointment to your parents because of who you are. It’s a fantastic but emotional LGTBQ+ story and it definitely hit me hard.This novel is about Mike, who is 14 or 15 years old, and just discovering his sexuality an [...]

    10. Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 3 STARSThis is such a hard book for me to review. I don't generally set out to read books that are devastating emotionally but this one did make me so sad with its intolerance. Mike's parents and some of the kids at school were so awful that it was hard to get past their actions and find any joy in reading this book, even if it is telling a very necessary story. The writing is very simple; I believe that it is meant to be a conversation/diary for [...]

    11. 3 and half stars A sad but ultimately somewhat uplifting book which deals with the consequences of not accepting your children unconditionally. It's told from the perspective of the MC, Mike, a 14 year old who moves to Virginia right before freshman year in High School. The writing is very good, mirroring realistically the thoughts and moods of a shy, immature teenager confused by his sexuality. This is strictly YA so there's no sex at all, at least not explicit, and very few expletives. We find [...]

    12. Bitterly sad LGBT teen fiction - I see it's getting flack for having tragic elements, which I do get - but it's not only tragic or wallowing in its tragicness, I didn't think - it turned into a bit of a PARENTS, LOVE YOUR GAY CHILDREN OR ELSE THIS MIGHT HAPPEN TO YOU! psa for a while, but it also did some nice things in the end that made me choke up a bit. I don't know. And the prose is so stark and stilted that it's kind of interesting, for a YA problem novel. Also, I was super fascinated by th [...]

    13. While it uses a trope I'd rather hoped we'd done away with by now, 'It Looks Like This' is so beautifully realised and moved me to tears on several occasions (a feat achieved by VERY few books) that I forgive it. Read it and be moved.

    14. The story is compelling, but I would not want to put it in the hands of a gay teen. Bury Your Gays is a trope I have seen a few too many times.

    15. Une bonne histoire qui prend de l'épaisseur au fil des chapitres.J'ai trouvé le rythme du début du livre un peu lent. Les choses ont mis du temps à se mettre en place. Par contre dans la deuxième partie, j'ai trouvé que l'histoire gagnait en profondeur. J'aurais même aimé qu'on approfondisse certaines choses et certains liens entre les personnages.Un autre élément qui m'a un peu gêné c'est la syntaxe. La structure des phrases est un peu déroutante. L'auteur met des majuscules à cer [...]

    16. This was one of the most uninteresting books I've ever read in my life. The lack of quotation marks adds to the flatness of the story. There's a generic thing going on here where the kids play video games but for some reason aren't a part of video game culture, so it has a weird timelessness to it that keeps it from feeling real. Also, it had the most awkward, depthless "romance" I've read in any book. And creepy grooming, not only from the pastor but the love interest himself. Yuck.

    17. It took me a while to get used to the writing style in this book, but once I did I found it to be quite moving. It's a really powerful story, heart breaking without being over dramatic. I really liked the understated tone of this book. There was no histrionics, or drama the way a lot of YA books deal with these topics. I had a real, visceral reaction to the conversion camp - it was so well written, I felt sick to my stomach. The only reason I've given this one 3 stars instead of 4 was because it [...]

    18. I'm gonna say this up front: I would not give this book to queer teens. I thought it was heartbreaking, and captivating, and a vital thing for people to read and understand, but I would not put it in the hands of vulnerable queer teens looking for literature that they can see themselves in. I would absolutely give it to teens who are looking to understand an aspect of the queer experience; I'm a librarian in a very conservative community, and I can see giving this book to parents or teens as a t [...]

    19. Four star because it has lots of gay clichés, but it's so well written you hardly notice them, and they certainly don't seem forced. Would have been five stars if it weren't for how cliché it is. :)

    20. This is a very important book. It shook me to my core. I felt as if I was actually living the events in this story; possibly because my life echoed it once. It's a story about self acceptance and the pressures of unsupportive family, also friendship and first loves. Beautiful book. A new favorite. 5/5 stars.

    21. Wow. This book was an emotional roller-coaster, and I absolutely loved (almost) every minute of it. "It Looks Like This" is an important book with an important message that I think should be read by all.Let’s start with Mike, our narrator. He’s was extremely likable, and super relatable. I loved being inside his head, hearing his thoughts on his family, school, and love. He was interesting in the way most wallflowers are, introspective and observant, and I couldn’t stop rooting for him alo [...]

    22. (Won an ARC of this book in a giveaway, so here's my honest review.)So I'm really not sure how I feel about this book. I'm always interested in reading LGBTQIA+ YA content, because it's still such a fledgling genre and I feel like there's still so much to say. However, this book was just needlessly depressing. The fact that the book dealt with growing up in a deeply religious, Church-going family and gay conversion therapy camp was interesting, but there was barely any romance or levity, which [...]

    23. Funny and frustrating, poignant and devastating; Mittlefehldt's sparse, reserved writing disguises a kind of pointillism of character complexity. I don't think I've ever read a voice quite like Mike's. The lovely cover art captures that feeling perfectly. As context brings the scenery into focus, what look like clean lines reveal surprising new views, both large and small.Can't recommend it enough.

    24. DNF. The saddest part about this book is that it just isn't needed. I got maybe a third of the way through, but I know how this ends. I'm so tired of tragic stories about young gay teens dying so their peers can learn a life lesson. In 2016, who does this benefit? Maybe back in 2000 or the 90's this kind of story worked, but now it just feels like an unnecessary reiteration of old ground.

    25. DNF. Got two chapters in and I couldn't stand the way the dialogue was written. Maaaybe I'll give it another shot later? But somehow I doubt it.

    26. So fucking sad. I excuse it because it's written by an LGBT person and he's probably writing it from experience. But, still, it was so fucking sad.

    27. *wipes tears* Don't mind mejust trying to clear this WATERMELON in my throat. GahOkay lets be real, this style of writing really bothered me. why?QUOTATIONS PLEASE!! After awhile i just skipped the "he said", "i say", "She said" because reading it over and over started to bug me. Other than thatJust wow, i started this book VERY slowly, read a few pages and not much was happening then id put it down, pick it up again then put it down. Then Sean. I literally have just closed the book and raced to [...]

    28. I was really disappointed in this book. The lack of quotation marks was only a small part of that. I thought it was interesting at first but it got tiring after. The whole thing was quite realistic, actually. However, I do not think that we need another book like this that tells of how queer teenagers die (though really it happens to teenagers regardless if they're queer or not). Maybe this is more of a book for parents rather than teens who are trying to survive being queer in high school. Mayb [...]

    29. This review can also be found at Lost in My Library. I recieved an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The world in general is becoming more accepting of difference. You don't have to look far at all to find evidence against this, but we're on a definite, if slow, upward trend. And YA fiction is generally pretty good at reflecting those changes. It's no longer quite so difficult to find books with queer characters (though there are definitely still representati [...]

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