This book was gifted as part of the Pride Book Tours Instagram tour.
My name’s Archie Albright, and I know two things for certain: 1. My mum and dad kind of hate each other, and they’re not doing a great job of pretending that they don’t anymore.
2. They’re both keeping a secret from me, but I can’t figure out what.
Things aren’t going great for Archie Albright. His dad’s acting weird, his mum too, and all he wants is for everything to go back to normal, to three months before when his parents were happy and still lived together. When Archie sees a colourful, crumpled flyer fall out of Dad’s pocket, he thinks he may have found the answer. Only problem? The answer might just lie at the end of the rainbow, an adventure away.
Together with his best friends, Bell and Seb, Archie sets off on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey to try and fix his family, even if he has to break a few rules to do it…
OH MY GOD I ADORED THIS BOOK. When Archie discovers that his Dad is gay, he feels like his whole world is crumbling around him. His Dad has already moved out and now their relationship seems stilted and awkward and he just wants everything to go back to how it was before the revelation. He convinces his two best friends to go to London Pride. But life is never that simple, especially when you are three 12 year old’s trying to negotiate a capital city in the middle of a Pride event…
This book was so heartwarming and full of joy. I would have read it in a day but I had to force myself to go to sleep! It is a middle grade book that manages to cover important, relevant themes well with a focus on family, either by blood or found family and community. There are so many funny lines and humorous moments throughout – at one point Archie misreads the word ‘bisexual’ as ‘bicycle’ and as a proud bicycle, that made me laugh.
The whole atmosphere the novel is so well written that it was easy to imagine and visualise myself alongside Archie and his friends for the second half of the book. The plot itself moves along at a good pace too.
The relationship between Archie and his Dad is an important one but I like that he gets advice from people outside his family, who have been through similar situations and can help him understand that it’s ok to be confused or have questions and that everything isn’t magically ok after someone comes out. I like that it also discusses the fact that being gay is only a tiny part of you – there’s an analogy with a cake – and really doesn’t change who you are is such an important message. I use a quote from Brooklyn 99 every single Pride because it is so true: “Every time someone steps up and says who they are, the world becomes a better, more interesting place” and this, plus family and community, I feel is the essence of the book. If you are looking for a book that feels like a nice warm hug, or if you are really missing Pride, this is the book for you. You won’t regret reading it.
Thank you Pride Book Tours for letting me be a part of this tour and sending me a copy of this wonderful book!
Rep: Black Main Character, Gay, Lesbian, Queer, Non-Binary