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T wondering Why love at all if this is where it leadsLetting it end there would be tragic So with the help of his best friends the comfort of his haikus and lists and even strange surreal appearances by his hero Oscar Wilde Ken will find that love is worth than the price of heartbrea I loved this book for several reasons SPOILERS1 Representation matters I wish I had a book like this available to me in high school or perhaps I just wasn t aware at the time It was a realistic first love story going through the range of emotions that come with grieving especially at an age where people are trying to figure out who the heck they are There is also a heavy theme of the importance of community in contrast with isolation 2 It shows a glimpse of the reality of the world we live in with the imagined North and South representing various world relationships that exist Linmark does a great job of incorporating the realities of living in colonizedmilitarizedheavily toured spaces and how that manifests on the day to day 3 I loved the different styles of writing that he incorporated Between haikus emailZapp exchanges lists letter writing diary entries play scripts etc in my opinion the reader is able to understand on a deeper level the emotions that are being felt the hurt the anger the fear and the JOY 4 It shows that love stories are love stories Coming of age is coming of age And to believe that someone else is not capable of either and all that comes with it because of race gender sexuality is bananas This is not to dismiss discrimination that is faced by various communities but rather to emphasize why books like this are important

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These Books Belong to Ken Z

Readers of Adam Silvera They Both Die at Belong to MOBI #245 the End and Elizabeth Acevedo The Poet X will pull out the tissues for this tender uirky story of one seventeen year old boy's journey through first love and first heartbreak guided by his personal hero Oscar WildeWords hav Well it certainly was different Stocked with poetry and dystopian prophecy The first half had meet cute romance intrigue The second had despair and longing and oppression The concluding half hadnope only two halves people It was uick but I can t say good after Ran ran It could have been so much The fictional world of a poor but free country taken over by a warring neighbor is powerful Unfortunately this book became muddled between visions of conversations with Oscar Wilde haikus big brother creeping in and loss And let s end on some depressing Wilde info too Using literary figures can add profundity or distraction Despite some beautiful prose and uotes here and there this was the latter

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E always been than enough for Ken Z but when he meets Ran at the mall food court everything changes Beautiful mysterious Ran opens the door to a number of firsts for Ken first kiss first love But as uickly as he These Books ePUB #9734 enters Ken's life Ran disappears and Ken Z is lef This novel was a harrowing account of first love something that changes your life and opens your eyes to the world around you We go through life feeding off of love from our parents our friends and then when we find that first someone that sets our heart aflame it is an experience unlike no other We follow Ken Z who is slowly figuring out who he is with the help of his mentor Oscar Wilde Through Wilde s influence he decides to bunbury one day heading to the other side of the territory he lives in which is much nicer yet strict He pretends to be an archeologist on a tight budget and gets to see how the other half lives While he s there he meets Ran who sits down with him at a restaurant and talks to him about Oscar Wilde They become fast friends despite the distance between themThey visit each other and their bonds deepen with Ken Z having fantastical chats with his hero for guidance Oscar Wilde leads him to the realization that they are alike than they think Ken Z and Ran fall in love fast and hard until one day when Ran went away It happened with no warning no bang but a whimper Ken Z was left grieving and started pushing away everyone in his life including OscarBy the end of the novel Ken Z began to make amends with his friends his favorite author and himself It was a touching tale with so many different types of storytelling devices which really excited me because I love variations on traditional storytelling We had essays haikus poems lists emails and Zaps like Snapchat messages I also loved all the little tidbits about Oscar Wilde s life I feel like I know him so much better now because of Ken Z


10 thoughts on “These Books Belong to Ken Z

  1. says:

    What I thought might be a wrong side of the tracks story actually had nothing to do with their classism keeping them apart Ran just ran I thought that was a little disappointing What would become a theme through this book is how it never really unpacks its many themes The aforementioned classism homophobia banned

  2. says:

    355 Rounded up to 4I adored this book It was so uirky and wonderful and at the heart so very very Wilde esue Ken is a young man who loves Oscar Wilde lists Haikus his mom and his friends But is there to life His world expanded the day he meets Ran a young man with a Dorian Gray vibe from North KristolThis book is made up of Ken's thoughts whether he's speculating with Oscar Wilde himself writing a haiku poem or list or showing us insight

  3. says:

    Well it certainly was different Stocked with poetry and dystopian prophecy The first half had meet cute romance intrigue The second had despair and longing and oppression The concluding half hadnope only two halves people It was uick

  4. says:

    355For the bio that compare this to Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X How could one write such a lieThis book definitely had me changing my opinion every couple of pages One minute I was so excited at the prospect of LGBT Filipino stories spoiler as a non binary Filipino American I was very let down the next I thought the Wilde concept was being pushed too hard after I wondered if I had misunderstood the entirety of the plot then go

  5. says:

    This novel was a harrowing account of first love; something that changes your life and opens your eyes to the world around you We go through life feeding off of love from our parents our friends and then when we find that first someone that sets our heart aflame it is an experience unlike no other We follow Ken Z who is s

  6. says:

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a Book GirlI’m not entirely sure what I just read The synopsis for The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart makes the bold claim that this novel is for fans of Adam Silvera and Elizabeth Acevedo but that couldn’t be further from the truth I saw no similarities and was uit

  7. says:

    I loved this book for several reasons SPOILERS1 Representation matters I wish I had a book like this available to me in h

  8. says:

    About to waste the better part of an hour Googling the connection between Oscar Wilde and haiku I changed my mind in favor of contemplating Ken Z's potential for becoming Wilde at Heart The prose story parts of this novel are pretty good; there is a lot of valid discussion of gender identity class differences and acceptance While we've come so far especially from Victorian England standards there is road ahead

  9. says:

    i genuinely love linmark's writing i was deeply impressed by his incredible use of language as well as attack on language in rolling the r's and went into this book eager to see how linmark would continue to play with language especially when the title is a clear wordplay on oscar wilde like woo i was anticipating wit and sarcasm and just a whole lot of social commentary on language that would hit me right in the gut well it didn't really

  10. says:

    This one is a 35 for me and I'm still thinking about it two weeks after I finished reading it I even had to look up Kristol the name of the island country where the story takes place to see if it is real It turns out that it isn't and it's imaginary although at times I felt that the setting had much in common with North a