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Ys been than enough for Ken Z but when he meets Ran at the mall food court everything changes Beautiful mysterious Ran opens the door to a number of firsts for Ken first kiss first love But as uickly as he enters Ken's life Ran disappears and Ken Z is left wondering Why. 355For the bio that compare this to Elizabeth Acevedo s The Poet X How could one write such a lieThis book definitely had me changing my opinion every couple of pages One minute I was so excited at the prospect of LGBT Filipino stories spoiler as a non binary Filipino American I was very let down the next I thought the Wilde concept was being pushed too hard after I wondered if I had misunderstood the entirety of the plot then got suckered as a hopeless romantic but annoyed at the entire dialogue and myself and finally ending with general content but still feeling eh I wasn t looking for some life changing analysis of what it s like to be LGBT and Filipino but if that is advertised as the crux of the plot of course I am going to have some expectations going in Sad to say most expectations were not met Things that were not bad I felt exposed lol I was absolutely OVER Ken Z s character and found him whiny impractical asking too many uestions drawing too many hypotheticals too many abstract thoughts with overthinking prioritizing someone he just met over people he d known for years not valuing his single mother then I realized this was definitely a previous version of myself especially around the time when I was in my first long term relationship I hated his character because it held some of the ugliest parts of my past that I had to learn to grow out of it I can t help but wonder if others had this same type of self reflection although I feel like humans seldom like to admit when they were toxic andor bad people Things That We re BIG NOPES There were so many moments where it felt like the author was trying too hard to craft Ken Z into this uirky bookworm nerd the amount of similes and metaphors woven into his internal thoughts was far too much for my liking After I looked into the author s background and saw his focus is primarily poetry this made sense to me but in the moment I was very thrown off by the FORCED intellectual monologues that occurred The author literally spells everything out By throwing in so much social justice language it inevitably becomes jargon y and in reality no one talks like this Yes my close circle and I believe in the liberation of all peoples and have very social justice minded values but do we address discuss issues as depicted in this text NO Everything is spelled out as if it is an ethnic studies reading or essay The usage of the r slur out of NO WHERE as an insult This was LITERALLY published in 2019 in the United States there is ZERO excuse for this CaZZ being trans was a diversity token That s it There was 0 development of her character nor did she receive any role other than being the trans person who faced extreme trauma but is still surviving and now chooses to be outspoken I also think it s ridiculous that the author is setting this in the Philippines and alludes to colonization but still abides by Westernized standards of genders and said CaZZ should have been born with two XXs gender is far than sex Reading CaZZ s character PLUS with the incorporation of astrology and millenial humor just screams that the author is a privileged cis gay man trying to be relevant to younger LGBT audiences but fails terribly The fact that Ken s friends forced him to come out not with his sexuality but with his mental health and processing is so toxic It was wrong for Ken to not give any notice but it was also just as wrong for the friends to literally CORNER him into sharing about his depressive episode No one is owned an explanation He should not have to explain his mental health if he does not want to disclose it uotes that got me through this book Me Actually it feels good to have another person in my small universeOscar Your world Ken Z is larger than you thought It has always been And now with Ran it s become even largerMe Because of himOscar Because of love dear heart Because of love I remember I wrote it down I don t let words like that get away from me They mean too much Like that lingering hug he gave me before walking away What s happening to me One minute I m writing a list to stretch happiness a little longer The next I m writing a list to keep myself from drowning like ghosts that we thought we had forgotten or already made peace with memories that we never wanted and that continue to punish us by making us crave and wish we were doing than just remembering Other Days, Other Eyes romantic but annoyed at the entire dialogue and myself and finally ending with general content but still feeling eh I wasn t looking for some life changing analysis of what it s like to be LGBT and Filipino but if that is advertised as the crux of the plot of course I am going to have some expectations going in Sad to say most expectations were not met Things that were not bad I felt exposed lol I was absolutely OVER Ken Z s character and found him whiny impractical asking too many uestions drawing too many hypotheticals too many abstract thoughts with overthinking prioritizing someone he just met over people he d known for years not valuing his single mother then I Deception Island realized this was definitely a previous version of myself especially around the time when I was in my first long term The Family relationship I hated his character because it held some of the ugliest parts of my past that I had to learn to grow out of it I can t help but wonder if others had this same type of self The First Partition of Poland reflection although I feel like humans seldom like to admit when they were toxic andor bad people Things That We The Hero of Varay re BIG NOPES There were so many moments where it felt like the author was trying too hard to craft Ken Z into this uirky bookworm nerd the amount of similes and metaphors woven into his internal thoughts was far too much for my liking After I looked into the author s background and saw his focus is primarily poetry this made sense to me but in the moment I was very thrown off by the FORCED intellectual monologues that occurred The author literally spells everything out By throwing in so much social justice language it inevitably becomes jargon y and in Blackmailed By Daddy reading or essay The usage of the उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] r slur out of NO WHERE as an insult This was LITERALLY published in 2019 in the United States there is ZERO excuse for this CaZZ being trans was a diversity token That s it There was 0 development of her character nor did she Cock Tales receive any Son of the Hero role other than being the trans person who faced extreme trauma but is still surviving and now chooses to be outspoken I also think it s The Alien Jigsaw ridiculous that the author is setting this in the Philippines and alludes to colonization but still abides by Westernized standards of genders and said CaZZ should have been born with two XXs gender is far than sex Reading CaZZ s character PLUS with the incorporation of astrology and millenial humor just screams that the author is a privileged cis gay man trying to be Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning relevant to younger LGBT audiences but fails terribly The fact that Ken s friends forced him to come out not with his sexuality but with his mental health and processing is so toxic It was wrong for Ken to not give any notice but it was also just as wrong for the friends to literally CORNER him into sharing about his depressive episode No one is owned an explanation He should not have to explain his mental health if he does not want to disclose it uotes that got me through this book Me Actually it feels good to have another person in my small universeOscar Your world Ken Z is larger than you thought It has always been And now with Ran it s become even largerMe Because of himOscar Because of love dear heart Because of love I The Illusion of Gods Presence remember I wrote it down I don t let words like that get away from me They mean too much Like that lingering hug he gave me before walking away What s happening to me One minute I m writing a list to stretch happiness a little longer The next I m writing a list to keep myself from drowning like ghosts that we thought we had forgotten or already made peace with memories that we never wanted and that continue to punish us by making us crave and wish we were doing than just Folk Tales From The Soviet Union remembering

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Readers of Adam Silvera They Both Die at the End and Elizabeth Acevedo The Poet X will pull out the tissues for this tender uirky story of one seventeen year old boy's journey through first love and first heartbreak guided by his personal hero Oscar WildeWords have alwa. Well it certainly was different Stocked with poetry and dystopian prophecy The first half had meet cute romance intrigue The second had despair and longing and oppression The concluding half hadnope only two halves people It was uick but I can t say good after Ran ran It could have been so much The fictional world of a poor but free country taken over by a warring neighbor is powerful Unfortunately this book became muddled between visions of conversations with Oscar Wilde haikus big brother creeping in and loss And let s end on some depressing Wilde info too Using literary figures can add profundity or distraction Despite some beautiful prose and uotes here and there this was the latter The Numbers Game romance intrigue The second had despair and longing and oppression The concluding half hadnope only two halves people It was uick but I can t say good after Ran Tall man riding. ran It could have been so much The fictional world of a poor but free country taken over by a warring neighbor is powerful Unfortunately this book became muddled between visions of conversations with Oscar Wilde haikus big brother creeping in and loss And let s end on some depressing Wilde info too Using literary figures can add profundity or distraction Despite some beautiful prose and uotes here and there this was the latter

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Love at all if this is where it leadsLetting it end there would be tragic So with the help of his best friends the comfort of his haikus and lists and even strange surreal appearances by his hero Oscar Wilde Ken will find that love is worth than the price of heartbreak. About to waste the better part of an hour Googling the connection between Oscar Wilde and haiku I changed my mind in favor of contemplating Ken Z s potential for becoming Wilde at Heart The prose story parts of this novel are pretty good there is a lot of valid discussion of gender identity class differences and acceptance While we ve come so far especially from Victorian England standards there is road ahead of us But then the plot broke down into one lamenting self imposed jail sentence with a fictitious messaging system called Zap too many unsent emails and one confusing haiku after another The story was not straightforward As a story for the YA market I m not sure I have an audience for this book It is like an ocean tremendously deep at some points and shipwrecking shallow at the others I think the YA audience would get lost at sea The Homelanders (The Homelanders, road ahead of us But then the plot broke down into one lamenting self imposed jail sentence with a fictitious messaging system called Zap too many unsent emails and one confusing haiku after another The story was not straightforward As a story for the YA market I m not sure I have an audience for this book It is like an ocean tremendously deep at some points and shipwrecking shallow at the others I think the YA audience would get lost at sea

  • Hardcover
  • 352
  • These Books Belong to Ken Z
  • R. Zamora Linmark
  • en
  • 23 October 2019
  • 9781101938232

About the Author: R. Zamora Linmark

R Zamora Linmark is the author of Rolling The R’s Prime Time Apparitions The Evolution of a Sigh and Leche seuel to Rolling The R’s A two time Fulbright Scholar he has received grants and fellowships from the US Japan Friendship Commission National Endowment for the Arts San Francisco Arts Commission and twice from the Fulbright Foundation in 1998 and as a Senior Scholar in 2005 Hi



10 thoughts on “These Books Belong to Ken Z

  1. says:

    What I thought might be a wrong side of the tracks story actually had nothing to do with their classism keeping them apart Ran just ran I thought that was a little disappointing What would become a theme through t

  2. says:

    355 Rounded up to 4I adored this book It was so uirky and wonderful and at the heart so very very Wilde esue Ken is a young man who loves Oscar Wilde lists Haikus his mom and his friends But is there to life? His world expanded the day he meets Ran a young man with a Dorian Gray vibe from North KristolThis book is made up of Ken's thoughts whether he's speculating with Oscar Wilde himself writing a haiku poem or list or showing

  3. says:

    Well it certainly was different Stocked with poetry and dystopian prophecy The first half had meet cute romance intrigue The second had despair and longing and oppression The concluding half hadnope only two halves people It was uick but I can’t say good after Ran ran It could have been so much The fictional world of a poor but f

  4. says:

    355For the bio that compare this to Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X How could one write such a lieThis book definitely had me changing my opinion every couple of pages One minute I was so excited at the prospect

  5. says:

    This novel was a harrowing account of first love; something that changes your life and opens your eyes to the wor

  6. says:

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a Book GirlI’m not entirely sure what I just read The synopsis for The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart makes the bold claim that this novel is for fans of Adam Silvera and Elizabe

  7. says:

    I loved this book for several reasons SPOILERS1 Representation matters I wish I had a book like this available to me in hig

  8. says:

    About to waste the better part of an hour Googling the connection between Oscar Wilde and haiku I changed my mind in favor of contemplating Ken Z's potential for becoming Wilde at Heart The prose story parts of this novel a

  9. says:

    i genuinely love linmark's writing i was deeply impressed by his incredible use of language as well as attack on language in rolling the r's and went into this book eager to see how linmark would continue to play with language especially when the title is a clear wordplay on oscar wilde like woo i was anticipating wit and sarcasm and just a whole lot of social commentary on language that would hit me right in the gut well it di

  10. says:

    This one is a 35 for me and I'm still thinking about it two weeks after I finished reading it I even had to look up Kristol the name

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