Why We Fight (At First Sight #4) (Lili’s Review)

Title: Why We Fight (At First Sight #4)
Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 14th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 350 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Do you believe in love at first sight?

Corey Ellis sure doesn’t. Oh, everyone around him seems to have found their happy ending, but he’s far too busy to worry about such things. He’ll have plenty of time for romance after he survives his last summer before graduation. So what if he can’t get his former professor, Jeremy Olsen, out of his head? It’s just hero worship. And that’s the way it should stay.

Except that this summer, bigender Corey—aka Kori—is interning at Phoenix House, a LGBTQI youth center that recently hired an interim director. And because life is extraordinarily unfair, the director just so happens to be a certain former professor, now current boss.

Desperate to keep things professional as he and Jeremy grow closer, Corey makes a major mistake: he turns to his friends, Paul Auster and Sanford Stewart, for help.

But Paul and Sandy have some ideas of their own.

Set in the summer of 2016, Why We Fight is a celebration of queer life and being true to oneself… no matter the cost

To say I’ve been dying for Why We Fight by TJ Klune is putting lightly. I’ve adored this series since the first book for it’s OTT characters and humor, and while this book carries a different in tone from its predecessors, it made sense why. The story took place in 2016- we all know what happened in 2016. I don’t think a history lesson is warranted… I think because of the importance of everything happening I could look past the fact Why We Fight was more serious than its predecessors in the At First Sight books.

Some highlights:

-Age gap.

-Bigender and biracial rep.

-I mentioned before that this book carried a heavier tone than the others, but not everything is doom and gloom; we still get to catch up with the whole gang and of course crazy funny shit happened. There was still plenty of laughs out loud moments.

-I’ve loved Corey/Kori since they were first introduced and my love for them only grew.

-Jeremy. He’s Corey/Kori’s old professor and his perfect match.

-Relationship development. Klune gave us some UST. Corey/Kori was crushing on his college professor Jeremy Olsen and lo and behold destiny out them to work closely together for the summer. 😉

-The story is told strictly from Corey/Kori’s voice.

-And the end is a HEA, but it felt bittersweet. It’s the end of a beloved series. There was no getting around those feelings. I know where Klune is coming in terms of not wanting to drag out any series, but I’m hoping that Diego keeps talking and talking to him until he’s forced to write another book. I’m not ready for this to be the end.

Great addition to the At First Sight Series and lovely story it to end with.

4 Stars

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Galley copy of Why We Fight (At First Sight #4) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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