Oskar Blows A Gasket (Ele’s Review)

Title: Oskar Blows A Gasket
Author: Al Stewart & Claire Davis
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: March 30th 2018
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary
Page Count: 263 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Oskar Braithwaite is bold, brash and gorgeous. Just ask him.

Armed with designer backpack full of make-up and retro music galore, Oskar sets off for college. And, with attitude even spikier than his heels, nothing is going to hold him back. Except maybe one thing…his past is shouting louder than the 80s songs he adores and it won’t be ignored. Behind the effervescence are secrets, lies and sadness. Try as he might, not even Oskar can hide forever, and one day it isn’t only pop icon Simon Le Bon who’s going to catch up.

Who is writing letters? And why is a spy secretly following?

Enter Bear, with dancing eyes and secrets of his own. Bear’s kindness sparkles brighter than Lycra leggings, and everyone knows Oskar loves shiny things. Like every prophecy, their fates seem inevitably linked. As the walls of Oskar’s defence crumble, Bear shows his hidden strength, but will it be enough to save them?

Find out in this far-out, zany tale of fame, first love and retro DJs.

Who does Oskar Braithwaite claims to be?

He’s Simon Le Bon’s son (not really), grew up in a posh estate (more like a shithole called Brinsted Gardens), chased by the paparazzi (lol).

What do other people think of Oskar Braithwaite?

He’s mean spirited and vindictive. He’s petty and cynical. Big drama queen.

Who Oskar Braithwaite really is.

Scared, insecure, bullied, unloved, lonely.

But in Bear’s eyes….

“Contrary,” Bear murmured, and tugged his hair…

“Rude.” Bear tickled under his chin.

“Sexy.” Bear stroked his neck as he swallowed, and it was the final proof that Oskar was lost.

I think Oskar is Claire Davis and Al Stewart’s most special (and controversial) character. This speaks volumes because if you follow that author duo’s work, you know that their heroes are very different than your usual stuff. But Oskar…Oskar is even more unique.

Years of bulling and abuse, and the inability to express himself the way he feels have led Oskar to build a hard exterior that keeps him from getting hurt. It’s almost like a whole different persona who hurts others before letting them hurt him.

“I don’t want to be like that. It’s like there’s two sides of me. And if we’re going to date and all that— you have to know what I’m like.”

But Bear (Gareth) will see through ALL of Oskar’s bullshit. He’s not fooled, not for a second. I loved the letters (although they wrecked me) and the change of POV was brilliant!

Unapologetically British, quirky, funny, SEXY, with some mystery thrown in, Oskar Braithwaite Blows a Gasket made me laugh but it also gutpunched me so sneakily, I didn’t know where it came from.

Also, best first kiss (and first everything) ever!

“Are we kissing now? Is this a kiss?” Bear’s lips moved open and shut.
“What do we do next? I’ve kissed my arm.”
“I think we shut up.”[…] “Wow,”…

I so hope people give this book a chance. It might not be your mainstream MM, but I think we all need a change, yes? HEA guaranteed!


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Galley copy of Oskar Blows A Gasket provided by Al Stewart and Claire Davis in exchange of an honest review.


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