Book Review | Boy Queen by George Lester | #Gifted
August 31, 2020
Boy Queen by George Lester
Title: Boy Queen Author: George Lester Publisher: Pan Macmillan Published: 6th August 2020 Format: Paperback Source: Review Copy from Publisher Links:Goodreads. Waterstones* Summary:Life’s a drag until you try . . .
Robin Cooper’s life is falling apart.
While his friends prepare to head off to University, Robin is looking at a pile of rejection letters from drama schools up and down the country, and facing a future without the people he loves the most. Everything seems like it’s ending, and Robin is scrabbling to find his feet.
Unsure about what to do next and whether he has the talent to follow his dreams, he and his best friends go and drown their sorrows at a local drag show, where Robin realizes there might be a different, more sequinned path for him . . .
With a mother who won’t stop talking, a boyfriend who won’t acknowledge him and a best friend who is dying to cover him in glitter make up, there’s only one thing for Robin to do: bring it to the runway.
BoyQueen is an inspiring, entertaining and heart-warming story that I have fallen in love with. I adored Robin so much and witnessing his journey in this book was just incredible. It is a definitely a coming-of-age book where the main protagonist learns more about himself and by the end of the book truly learns who he is and who he wants to be. The kind of feeling that we all aim for in life. Sure, he may still have more to learn about himself but for right now, he knows that he’s going to be okay.
Robin has always wanted to be an actor. He was destined to be on stage and thus it just makes sense that he apply for the best theatre universities that the UK has to offer. And he is going to get in because he gave it his best. Unfortunately, when he then doesn’t get in, he feels lost, alone and uncertain about his future. Then he goes to a show that changes everything. He suddenly knows exactly what his next step in life will be. He just might have to fight against those he loves to make it…
There is so much to love about this book that I am not even sure where to start. Firstly I really want to mention the friendships in this book because they play a vital part in the book. I really loved the friendships that Robin has in the book. His friends are a fantastic support and truly let him be himself which is fantastic. I did have a small issue with them towards the end but it also made it all feel more realistic which is really good. But essentially, this book had a really good portrayal of friendships – especially how they give and take, ebb and flow.
I also cannot tell you how much I loved the romance in this book. It was incredible sweet and just made the heart pump. It was beautiful how much the two main characters cared for each other and slowly got to know and trust each other. Definitely something I enjoyed reading about.
Most importantly though, I just absolutely loved Robin’s journey of self-discovery. I loved learning more about the drag queen world and witnessing Robin learn more himself and just learn to be himself. It was just so heart-warming to read. There were some darker parts to this book that had me incredibly emotional and which broke my heart but this just made the lighter, more heart-warming moments that much more emotional and happier too. It was just such a balanced and fantastic read and I absolutely cannot recommend it more!