Oskar Blows A Gasket (Ana’s Review)

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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: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.

There’s always something so beautiful about the characters created by this authors. It wasn’t different with Oskar and Bear. They were so lovely and getting to know their stories was so fun, even though there was also a strong bittersweet elements that made some parts a little painful to read.

Oskar was a fantastic character. Is impossible for him to go unnoticed. He demands attention wherever he is. His over the top personality and harsh attitude makes him always the center of attention and that’s how he like it, but there’s so much more about him than just heels and make-up. It was great to see his defenses down and try to see behind those walls he put himself behind of. He was all demanding and rude, someone I wouldn’t like but still there was something about him that keep me caring for him. He was so much fun, his nonsense were hilarious.

Bear was also a great character. He’s so sweet and willing to do so much for the others. So shy and loving. He seem to be the opposite of Oskar and, yet, they might have more in common that it meet the eyes. Oskar and Bear together seem like an impossible couple, so different. But the beautiful souls hidden behind the covers they show to the world are ready to break the barriers and lies that have surrounded their lives.

I really enjoy the way the story was told. The letters, the spy, the little hints of what might be going on that keep me guessing all the time. It was a little confusing at the beginning and I did struggle a bit to get myself into the story, but those characters ended up working the magic. I was also very fond on the secondary characters, the girls mostly, who were also so fun. It is a little slow pace

I liked the book. I can’t really say that I loved it, maybe it had something to do with the issue I had to get myself in the story, I get there eventually but I guess that’s what keep me from loving it like I did other books from the authors. I still believe most readers will love Oskar and Bear so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to any reader.

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


I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject. Here are some of my favorite books  
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