Title: A Hard Day’s Night
Author: Mia Kerick
Publisher: YoungDudes Publishing
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary, Young Adult
Page Count: 114
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5
High school senior Kalin (Lennon) Macready knows several facts for certain: John Lennon is his hero. Beaumont Finley Danforth (Fin) is his best friend. And—this is the complicated one—he feels more for Fin than mere friendship.
For weeks, Lennon pesters Fin, who like Lennon admits to questioning his sexual orientation, for a commitment to spend twenty-four hours together exploring “the gay side of life.” Each boy will seek to answer the terrifying question, Am I gay? Fin reluctantly agrees. Lennon pre-plans the day, filling the hours with what he assumes “gay life” is all about: funky hairstyles, fancy coffee drinks, shopping for fashionable clothing, boogying to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, and yes, listening to show tunes.
However, Lennon quickly realizes that in creating his plan he has succumbed to the most common and distorted gay stereotypes. Can he be gay and not fit them? And more importantly, is it possible that spending twenty-four hours together will convince Fin that he’s gay, too? If so, maybe Lennon has a shot at winning the heart of the boy of his dreams.
“A Hard Day’s Night” is a humorous young adult contemporary romance about two boys coming to realize that they don’t have to be a stereotype to be genuine.
A Hard Day’s Night was a completely delightful book!
Kalin Macready has been obsessed with John Lennon for years and earned the nickname “Lennon” because of it. No one calls him Kalin, which is a shame, really, since Kalin is a pretty cool name. He wears his hair in a similar manner to how John Lennon wore his and he even wears little round wire rim glasses, just to complete the look. And, his favorite band is The Beatles. While I like The Beatles, too, I don’t have much of a desire to actually listen to them all that much (I hope you can forgive me this). But Lennon digs it, and that’s all that matters for this book.
Lennon is also in love with his best friend, Fin. Fin comes from a very wealthy family, complete with a pretentious name (Beaumont Finley Danfort II), I’d go by “Fin”, too. Unlike his family, Fin is not pretentious. He’s pretty down to earth. And though his parents want him to go to an Ivy League school and study business law (boring), he wants to go to NYU, with Lennon, and study film history. The trouble is, his parents kind of talk right over him and have his future all planned out. They’ve probably also picked out his wife and china pattern and pretentious names for his children. But none of that is Fin. He’s never really explored his real self before.
Lennon has a plan to get his best friend Fin in touch with his gay side and it is outrageous! 24 hours to take a walk on the more colorful side of life. Lennon pretty much lists out all the gay stereotypes he can think of and translates them into activities so that both Lennon and Fin can test out the gay waters. A whole day filled with activities that gay men enjoy (well, we are talking stereotypes, here) in hopes that Fin will realize that he’s gay and that he likes his best friend as more than a friend. All because Lennon hasn’t figured out yet that gay men are really just as varied as any other part of the population. Still, it was a fun experiment. Still, it was fun watching them experience all these things neither of them would normally do. They most definitely left their comfort zones.