Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean
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My name’s Archie Albright, and I know two things for certain:
1. My mum and dad kind of hate each other, and they’re not doing a great job of pretending that they don’t anymore.
2. They’re both keeping a secret from me, but I can’t figure out what.
Things aren’t going great for Archie Albright. His dad’s acting weird, his mum too, and he all he wants is for everything to go back to normal, to three months before when his parents were happy and still lived together. When Archie sees a colourful, crumpled flyer fall out of Dad’s pocket, he thinks he may have found the answer. Only problem? The answer might just lie at the end of the rainbow, an adventure away.
Together with his best friends, Bell and Seb, Archie sets off on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey to try and fix his family, even if he has to break a few rules to do it…
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Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean is one of the most heartfelt middlegrade books I have ever read. It is beautifully written from start to finish in the perspective of twelve year old Archie who after discovering a secret his parents had been keeping from him, embarks on a multicoloured adventure with his two best friends. Archie, Seb & Bell are the best characters, their humour and support really made this novel such a delight to read. I love the strong support system of friendship these three characters share.
This novel has such an important message about self acceptance, family and friendship, wrapped up in the most heart-warming story you’ll read this year. This is a refreshingly new and unique take on an LGBTQ+ novel that I haven’t encountered before, we experience the shock and unknown of Archie’s thoughts and feelings on the page with him. Benjamin Dean has written a very nuanced character who processes his thoughts in a careful and loving manner, although Archie had many questions he was polite and caring in the way he approached them. I think this would be an amazing novel to gift to someone you’re hoping to come out to.
Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow is definitely one of the very best diverse LGBTQ+ books I have ever read. It was hilarious and yet heart-breaking, but mostly it felt like being wrapped up in the cosiest hug! I would recommend this book to all age ranges. And I can’t wait to read what Benjamin Dean writes next!
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