2020 Reviews · NetGalley Reviews · Queer books

Review: Boyfriend Material


Genre: LQBGTIA+ Romance




Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

Format: Digital advance reader copy provided through NetGalley. 

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Review: I’ve been trying to write this review for days and I’m still having trouble talking about this book coherently. I absolutely loved it. One of my favorite reads of 2020 thus far.

Boyfriend Material is a fun, enemies to lovers, fake dating romance that is impossible to put down. But it also explores serious topics including parental abandonment, dysfunctional and abusive family relationships, depression and anxiety.

What I enjoyed most about this book was how relatable the main characters Luc and Oliver are. Throughout the book Luc is dealing with and working through lots of uncomfortable emotions like depression and anxiety that lots of readers will be able to connect with.

While reading this book I was constantly amazed to see my own experiences with depression and anxiety mirrored in Luc and even at times with Oliver. Our circumstances couldn’t be more different but seeing Luc struggle with keeping his apartment clean, and staying in touch with his friends, or watching Oliver have to defend his career and other life choices to his family, was very relatable and it was wonderful to connect with these characters through these experiences.


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