Book – Mr. March Names the Stars
Author –Rivka Aarons-Hughes
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages - 60
Movie Potential – ★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy to read.
Would Iread it again – Yes.
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I absolutely loved this book!
Let's start with the bad – Mostly referring to Ivy as 'xyr' or 'xe' instead of 'her' or 'she'. This was quite consistent, so I'm not really if it was a "mistake" or maybe something else entirely.
The good – where do I start? Well, I know next to nothing about the Pagan belief, so this story was both intriguing and enlightening, in that regard. Not only did I enjoy the story and the characters, but I came away feeling fulfilled and that I'd really learned something.
Nash and Wes are brilliant characters. They quite literally cover quite a large base of gender/sexuality tags that will open the eyes of anyone not familiar with the terms. Example:
"I'm not trying to play the 'my suffering is worse than yours' game, but if you want a lecture or twenty, try being black, panromantic, asexual, trans, and Pagan in suburban Minnesota."
I thought the exploration of religion vs sexuality was very well explored and brilliantly shown in how differently Wes and Nash deal with it. Nash is dedicated to his coven, who have been nothing but supportive of his needs, sexuality and gender. On the other hand, Wes is a little more free with his beliefs and has suffered a lot of problems within the Pagan community, regarding his homoromantic asexuality. The depth of knowledge provided about both these aspects – the religion and the issues/acceptance with sexuality and gender – as written so respectfully, for both, while tackling the issue of double standards in a very real way. Yet, the information isn't just duped on us. It's shared appropriately throughout the story, as Nash and Wes share their lives and experiences with each other.
I could talk about this book and the positivity it spreads with its message. I won't. I trust you to go read this yourself and come back telling me how happy you are that you did.
This book will stay with me. For a short, it told more of a story than some 200+ page books that I've read. I loved and adored every second and I'll be searching out more from this author and fictional books about Paganism. If you still have doubts about whether to read this – it's an incredible, touching, contemporary story about trust, self-knowledge, gender, religion, belief, and the variations and challenges of gender and sexuality, while exploring Paganism, aro and ace relationships.
Read it. Now.