Wolfsong by TJ Klune
ALL THE STARS!
“You don’t get to decide what you’re worth because you obviously don’t know. You don’t get to decide that anymore because you have no fucking idea that you’re worth everything.”
This book. THIS BOOK. If I could use the praise hands emoji I would. THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2016 TO DATE! Oh my god, the everloving feels. This book made my soul hurt, in a good way.
This book is the story of Ox and Joe. Ox’s dad left when he was twelve, leaving Ox feeling worthless and alone. It isn’t easy for him to form his thoughts into words, and at school he is mocked for his slowness and treated unkindly. Then when he is sixteen, one day on the way home he runs into a boy who latched onto him and would not stop talking, who took Ox home to his family and they accepted Ox as their own. Ox finally had a family, and the Bennett’s embraced him and his mother. Years later, Ox discovers their secret and it opens up his world to new possibilities.
I don’t want to say more than that, because even though it’s all in the blurb it feels a bit spoilerly. This book exceeded my expectations and more, it holds a grip on my heart and I won’t ever forget this story. Sidenote, thank you to the awesome Eva, a real life friend of mine who never stopped recommending this book to me, I would have never read it otherwise and that would have been a tragedy.
“I needed to see him. To make sure he was okay. To tell him how sorry I was. That I never wanted to leave him. That I never wanted to be anywhere but by his side. All I ever wanted was to keep him safe. Ever since that first day on the road, when he spoke and moved like a little tornado, all I ever wanted was to make sure nothing ever happened to Joe Bennett.”
Klune has such a poetic writing style, the words flowed across the page and the fluidity of them matched the tone of the novel. My heart broke for Ox, for all of this insecurities and hardships. I loved that sometimes he was blind to what was in front of him when it was staring him in the face. His relationship with Ox, pre-romance and once they were together was stunning, the two of them together just fit perfectly, like puzzle pieces coming together.
There are so many layers to this story, I honestly could go back and reread it from the beginning again. The side characters, perfection. I really hope there are more books about them whether it is MM or MF because I need to have more of this world in my life!!! Gosh I almost forgot about the world building!! Two thumbs up! Completely believable shifter community, the town, all of it.
If you’ve read my ramblings this far, you can tell I just completely fell in love with this book, this story. If you read MM romance, read it now. If you’ve never read MM make this your first. This is a special story, one that will stay with me a long time.
“I just want to be wherever you are.”