No Good About Goodbye
by CT Liotta
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Pub Date 24 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 27 Nov 2021
Will Ian Racalmuto get lost in a wilderness of mirrors?
Fifteen-year-old Ian Racalmuto’s life is in ruins after an embassy raid in Algiers. His mother, a vodka-drunk spy, is dead. His brother, a diplomat, has vanished. And, he's lost a cremation urn containing a smartphone that could destroy the world.
Forced to live with his cantankerous grandfather in Philadelphia, Ian has seven days to find his brother and secure the phone—all while adjusting to life in a troubled urban school and dodging assassins sent to kill him.
Ian finds an ally in William Xiang, an undocumented immigrant grappling with poverty, a strict family, and abusive classmates. They make a formidable team, but when one boy develops a secret crush on the other, it threatens to ruin their friendship. Will it roll up Ian's mission and derail a heist they’ve planned at the State Department?
No Good About Goodbye is an incautious, funny, coming-of-age adventure for mature teens and adult readers of YA fiction.
★★★★★ "Sharply observed and sarcastic as hell, CT Liotta's debut is the gay teenage spy thriller we have long needed."- Matt Harry, author of Superkid and Sorcery for Beginners.
"Brilliant... a rollicking good read. Rich with often realistically crude boy lingo, No Good About Goodbye is an utterly charming teenage LGBTQ falling-in-love adventure that simultaneously rocks an international crime storyline."—C.S. Holmes, Indiereader
Average rating from 4 members
I found this YA spy novel to be an utter delight! Fast-paced and witty, we traverse the globe with Ian, who just lost his mother and is charged with stopping a war with China. All the while he's 15, enrolled in an High School from hell in Philadelphia and struggling with his identity. The author offers his own particular take on the importance of friendship and found family. He also very cleverly features different viewpoints, so the reading experience never feels stale.
Honestly, I did not know what to expect going into this story - I however finished it converted into a fan!
Ian Racalmuto is a badass fifteen year old who could do anything to defend his family, along with triggering a bomb with himself in the building. After the demise of his mom following an embassy raid in Algiers, Algeria, Ian discovers that his brother, a diplomat, has vanished, so too has his mother's cellphone, a very deadly device that would smash the whole thing they have fought to guard. Ian's life will become even greater complicated while his father ships him off to Philadelphia to stay with his grandfather. no longer best does he should find his lacking brother and the phone, he also has to worry about college bully and his ever growing crush on his new buddy William Xiang, an undocumented immigrant from China.
I'm going to be honest, I failed to like the quilt. Had I no longer read the blurb, I probable could have skipped this e book, but i am so glad I examine the blurb, because it honestly piqued my hobby. This become an interesting ebook indeed. I loved the diffused humor embedded at some point of. those characters had been complex and all of them had special personalities. despite the fact that some are not pretty as evolved as others, I nevertheless felt a connection to them as I felt their interplay with others portrayed their personalities nicely so that you got an knowledge of their upbringing even while you failed to get a firsthand experience of their heritage. I loved the chemistry among Ian and William. It starts off evolved off as greater bromance than romance, but there were diffused innuendos thrown in to suggest the capability of a romantic connection, which I concept became an real portrayal of their dating given their a while and history, particularly William's religious and cultural heritage.
Ian jogged my memory truly of the person Artemis fowl along with his cunning and clever ways of maneuvering thru complicated situations, which had been once in a while instigated by using himself, in general from his eagerness and could to shield William. Ian movements like an agent: secretive and vigilant. He has a difficult time starting as much as absolutely everyone, perhaps for fear of being disenchanted or being rejected. in the end, William isn't his first male crush, and that did not move so nicely. Ian prefers to work alone however finds himself in an strange territory wherein operating by myself simply doesn't get the task performed, so, despite the fact that reluctant to drop his protect, he reveals himself having to rely upon the kindness of strangers to assist him in his bid to prevent the chaos that commenced in Algiers from escalating.
I appreciated the manner the plot unfolded. It became almost as even though we started out on the quit and ended at the beginning. It turned into nicely constructed and left an enduring impact, maximum likely due to the fact we already knew the outcome, but seeing what Ian went via in Algiers, building as much as the moments of his mom's loss of life was very emotional.
the one aspect I didn't enjoy became the head hopping. It made things truly jumbled and disorienting at times. i'd have appreciated to have been in a single headspace, even though I nonetheless managed to get a clean information of the events taking place. It just would were greater enjoyable and more clean flowing had the point of interest been greater confined to the primary characters.
overall, it become a thoroughly enjoyable study.
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