Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

A story about a love triangle with a difference that’s utterly gripping and almost impossible to put down.

Courtney Cooper and Jupiter Sanchez have been inseparable friends since they were seven years old. Now in their late teens, they’re still close but things are considerably more complicated, at least for Courtney: he’s hopelessly in love with Jupiter despite the fact he knows she’s only interested in girls. Then Rae Chin arrives in their life, and everything changes. Rae is special: maybe Courtney will finally be able to forge a relationship with a girl who isn’t Jupiter? There’s just one tiny snag. Jupiter is falling for Rae too.

This is a story about a love triangle with a difference. Courtney loves Jupiter but Jupiter has a crush on Rae and thinks her affection for Courtney is purely a result of their longstanding friendship. Rae, meanwhile, finds herself attracted to both Courtney and Jupiter and struggles to choose between them.

It’s also different because, unlike so many love triangle stories, it’s impossible to anticipate who will end up with who. Indeed, as a reader, I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to happen. This partly because it’s easy to identify with all three main characters and it’s, therefore, hard not to want all three to find love. However, the real reason why my view kept changing is probably due to the structure of the book. It’s told in three unequal parts – Book One Courtney, Book Two Rae and Book Three Jupiter – and in each character’s section we can’t help sympathising with them and wanting what they want.

While this is undoubtedly a character driven story with the love triangle at the centre, there’s some interesting sub-plots, particularly as Courtney and Rae seek to track down their mutual childhood TV hero – Carousel Carl.

There’s also a strong cast of supporting characters from Jupiter’s two dads to Rae’s sister, Bess. Foremost amongst these are Courtney’s two friends, Golly and Britain. I just loved the banter between them and their support for Jupiter as she tries to come to terms with her actions. Indeed, it’s interesting that nearly every character in this book is appealing in some way and yet the book is packed with drama and so gripping that I put my whole life on hold one Sunday in order to get to the end and find out how the love triangle plays out.

I was slightly nervous that there wouldn’t be a clear resolution to the story. I was, therefore, pleased that there is a definite conclusion as two characters get together and the other has to accept this, move on and try to salvage a friendship with the new couple. [Since this resolution kept me on tender hooks throughout the novel, you’ll have to read it to find out.]

If you enjoyed this, why not try New York Times bestseller Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Alternatively, I thoroughly enjoyed another slightly alternative romance in What if it’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.

ISBN: 978-1471175589
Date: October 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s
Pages: 320
Author’s website: Nic StoneMadge's 4.5/5 Star Review Rating

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