Fin and Rye and Fireflies by Harry Cook

Thanks to the author and publisher for the digital copy of this book, in return for my honest opinion.

Oh, this book… It made my heart happy in so many ways! The story centres around Fin Whittle, whose homophobic parents are so horrified when Fin is cruelly outed through a prank, that they move their family to a new town in the hope of a fresh start. They don’t count upon Fin meeting Poppy, her trans girlfriend June, and Rye, who turns Fin’s heart and world upside down. When his parents find out, they want to force Fin into ‘conversion therapy.’ So much for Fin and Rye’s happy ever after… or is it?

I’m going to come right out and say I’m head over heels in love with this book! It had my stomach in knots at the embarrassment and shame Fin feels at the cruelty and homophobia he suffers. I wanted to throw a glittery, rainbow unicorn at Fin’s dad to make him see his son was perfect just the way he was. I wanted to hug Rye and his mum, and quite possibly pass his mum’s boyfriends some pants (after I’d finished laughing out loud at a particular incident involving budgie smugglers at the dinner table).

There were lots of great song references throughout the book and I ended up creating a playlist of them to listen to as I read it. I’m still singing Cher’s ‘If I Could Turn Back Time!’

This book deals with homophobia, coming out, prejudice, falling in love, acceptance, and standing loud and proud for what you believe in. I’ve already recommended my teenage daughter reads this.

A heart-warming tale of friendship and love conquering all.

Rating: 5 out of 5.