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The Gay Best Friend

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thank you netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review (i am once again extremely late) but the gay best friend was such a fun book , i mean it deals with adult problems and addresses them accordingly but through it all it maintained light hearted and i’ve enjoyed it to be honest. excited to read more.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me free access to the advanced digital copy of this book.

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Sometimes life shows up and your TBR just has to take a backseat. That's what happened to me and The Gay Best Friend was put on the back burner. When I was finally able to get my head above water, I jumped right into this book and I only wish I had done so sooner. It kept me entertained the entire time and made me laugh. When life shows up, that's exactly what books should be able to do and this one did it in spades.

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The Gay Best Friend by Nicolas Diomizio lets the reader in on the joke from the title and cleverly plays with the trope from inception. It's a wry play on being asked to be in two weddings and the expectations put on protagonist Domenic Marino in each scenario.

Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for sharing this book with me. All thoughts are my own.

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I wanted to love this one, but I didn't. I tried it via audiobook and e-book and couldn't stick with it. My biggest complaint has to do with the writing quality. I found it irritating to listen to, it just felt like the characters voice, word-choice, and mannerism were too young. I struggled with the same issue when I read the book. I couldn't handle the whiny teenage voice that seemed to drip off the page. Unfortunately, this was a big miss for me.

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I don’t know what took me so long to read this book, but I loved it. I just wanted to give Dom a hug the entire time and was rooting for him. I loved his character, not so much some of the others, but they all added to the story.

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This was cute! I had higher hopes for the romance plot, but still had fun. Looking forward to more from this author.

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What happens when you are the best friend of the groom and bride, DRAMA. That’s what!

The bachelor and bachelorette parties bring drama on both fronts of their friendships.

Truths are exposed, people get hurt, unlikely people become friends and the main characters grow with their friendships

Great read very entertaining

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If you love drama you’ll love this! It was fun and entertaining and I loved all of it so much! I can’t wait to read more by this author!

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Thanks to #netgalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. This was such a fun, delightful read. Recently single, thirty-year-old gay Domenic (Dom) is an anxious mess and stuck between his best friends, the hypermasculine Patrick and his fiancé, the ultrafeminine Kate. When Kate asks Dom to protect Patrick from doing stupid things at his bachelor party, and Dom arrives at Kate’s bachelorette party with a bunch of secrets, his life is spiraling out of control. I was soon caught up in Dom's life and found the writing to be endearing, captivating, and witty. This book was the perfect mix of fun moments along with some wonderful deep conversations between people who really care about each other. It was so much more than "just" a rom/com read, even though Dom feels trapped, his friendship to both Patrick and Kate is so precious and this story is Dom’s personal journey to his true self. I found myself desperately hoping that Dom and Bucky would find happiness and love for themselves and not to feel less than the people around them. The ending was perfect for me and left me with a warm heart and a smile on my face. #nicolasdidomizio #thegaybestfriend #netgalley #tea_sipping_bookworm #goodreads #thestorygraph # getlitsy #sourcebooks

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Thank yo NetGalley for allowing me to receive this book for an honest review.

After reading other reviews I had such high hopes for this book but then after reading it I found myself confused as to why others liked it so much.

I had a hard time relating to the characters and was waiting for it to get better but it didn't for me.

You should judge for yourself.

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The Gay Best Friend by Nicolas DiDomizio
If you love messy bitches™ this is the book for you. Nicholas DiDomizio has written the perfect G.B.F. wedding book. Domenic Marino is in the wedding party for both of his best friends and attending both the bachelor and bachelorette parties in the wake of his wedding being called off. Dom has always felt like he has had to switch between being hyperfeminine with the bride and a bros bro with the groom. When things go awry at the bachelor party with Kitty (a stripper with a heart of gold and an absolute scene stealer in the book) Dom is stuck in the middle and keeping secrets.

Then there’s the whole fact that Southern charm personified pro golf player Bucky (the groom's other best bro) might not be quite as straight as we initially thought.

I had a blast and a half reading this book! Nicolas’s writer's voice shines in this book and he found a great balance between batshit hijinks and diving into some of the complexities of being a queer person in friend groups that you feel like you have to tweak yourself to fit into. I was truly ready to deck some of the side characters for the shit that they pulled on Dom but they represented the messiness of being an adult so well.
thank you SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca, Sourcebooks Casablanca, and NetGalley for giving me access to an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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❔Are you generally up to date with reviews or lagging behind? Once a year (always summer) my reviews slow way down and my grid turns to random book photos/hauls/“currently reading,” pics
(Spoiler alert: it’s summer). But here’s one for a book I read in June 😅🤣

BOOK REVIEW
The Gay Best Friend by Nicolas Didomizio
Published: May 2023
352 pages
@sourcebooks @netgalley thank you for the gifted e-book!

Ugh, I hated all of the relationships in this book, but they also felt very relatable and totally believable? I saw one review that was literally only something like, every character in this book needs therapy (and omg it’s funny bc it’s true).

This book did (intentionally) have me considering the “gay best friend,” as a trope in books and on screen. I’m glad representation has gotten better in the last few years (especially in books), but the frustration we see in Dom in this book is what we’ve always seen in stories that feature a gay best friend. They’re the Ken, the fun shopping buddy, dishing out dating advice and advocating for their “Barbie,” an accessory to the story. Meanwhile, he’s trying to regulate the emotions of a everyone around him while everyone seems to be ignoring his own. This does sort of level out in the end. So, if you get frustrated keep reading.

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I didn’t love the bachelor party scene (gave real lizzo allegation vibes to me 😅) or how glossed over Patrick and Dom’s confused past. I also think it could’ve been a touch shorter, but overall it was both entertaining and thought provoking. I rounded to 4 on goodreads.

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I could not get into this one! Usually I’m able to find at least one thing I love in a story but I just really hated the characters and I couldn’t root for them at all.

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I really enjoyed this book! The story was interesting and progressed at a nice pace. Most of the characters were great - having the pro golfer coming to grips with his sexuality under those circumstances was an interesting story we haven't seen overdone yet. I rooted for the main character even though he had some unlikable qualities (which is realistic!). It was a fun read and I was pleased with the ending.

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Thank you so much netgalley, the author and the publisher for the advanced review copy if this book💗
"I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

Enjoyed the book

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What a cute read!! I love a read with a relatable main character and I wish there had been more focus on him rather than the other characters, who were not as fun. I think there were some moments that could have been excluded as they took away from character development and plot enhancement but overall, what a fun summer read.

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This is the second book I’ve read this summer about a gay best friend getting swept up in their best friend’s wedding and finding love. DiDomizio’s book is by far the better of the two. It highlights difficulties in relationships, both platonic and romantic, and has character growth. The resolution has all involved parties recognize, and apologize, for their mistakes and poor actions, which was satisfying and realistic.

That said, for me it too long to reach that resolution. For most of the book, the main character is a doormat and his friends (and friends of his friends) petty and unpleasant. The two main plots didn’t fully balance for me. I would have liked either more romance and less focus on the bride and groom or vice versa. Likewise, while I appreciated the more in depth look at the gay best friend trope, sometimes it felt like the book was too focused on emphasizing that point than letting things develop organically.

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For anyone who has ever had to play both sides, for anyone who has ever struggled to keep up with their friends, you will feel SEEN by Nicolas DiDomizio. Dom Marino, Italian American Gay BF of a couple who are about to marry is the best man for his childhood guy pal and on team bride for his new bestie who shares his love of SATC and skincare. This is a book about loyalty to your friends and loyalty to yourself, but it is told with DiDomizio's brand of humor and hijinks that reveals the humanity of each situation. With a bachelor party, bachelorette party, and wedding to attend in the direct aftermath of his own failed relationship, Dom has to navigate being a guy's guy, being the gay guy, being the LGBTQ counselor to a new friend, and learning his own worth. The book is a good time from start to finish, but it is also a temperature check on the roles we force people to play.

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This book was so freaking clever and witty and funny I can’t even. I laughed so much.

The main character is a gay guy dealing with a lot of normal gay issues and I love how this book tackles some of those issues that a lot of people tend to ignore.

I was skeptical about the romance at first but in the end I thought it was cute. A story we don’t often get about a famous jock coming out in his thirties.

I definitely will recommend this book to everyone I love it so much.

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