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Readers of Adam Silvera They Both Die at 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 have alwa.

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These Books Belong to Ken Z

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 heartbreak. 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 live up to my expectations the social commentary is there and i appreciate that the book tries to bring in issues of gender sexuality education politics of language and geopolitics however the execution is a bit clumsy in my opinion i prefer how rolling the r s does this through the subtlety in the characters very overt emotions here the characters are young emotionally intense super socially aware and just in general very precocious while i m not saying the portrayal of complex teenagers who are both na ve and sharp in the book is unrealistic it makes the book s overall vibe a bit too juvenile for my personal liking i think my main issue is that ken z s extremely melodramatic personality undermines whatever discourse that the book is trying to provoke perhaps some will say that despite their heightened social awareness teenagers are at the end of the day emotional messes and i agree however the characters also deliver astonishingly keen and sober social observations at the same time they re experiencing emotional distress the dissonance is a bit too much for me and makes the book seem a bit wishy washy like linmark wants to go all out on the YA genre but also wants to incorporate discourse into the book and i think the product is a bit clumsythat being said i love the characters the play with language the melodramatic angst and of course how beautifully it s written if this is a purely YA piece without such overt political commentary i think i would ve enjoyed it infinitely like this writing reminds me of fanfiction the Great type the could be published type and i d read the heck out of that the poems are also stunning and perhaps the highlights for me in this book i d definitely check out some of his poetry after this

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Ys 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 enters Ken's life Ran disappears and Ken Z is left wondering Why. 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 ban

  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 hal

  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 got suckered

  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 slowly figuring out who he is with the help of his mentor Oscar Wilde Through Wilde’s influence he decides to ‘bunb

  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 uite disappointed If you’re going to compare a title to other books please make sure you ar

  7. says:

    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 s

  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 ar

  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

  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 isla