The Music of What Happens

The Music of What Happens

Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever. Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret...

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Title:The Music of What Happens
Author:Bill Konigsberg
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Genres:Lgbt
ISBN:1338215507
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Music of What Happens Reviews

  • Blake Fraina
    Jan 11, 2019
    This novel has a bit of a split personality. On the one hand, it?s a deceptively lighthearted romance between two high school boys the summer before their senior year and on the other, it?s a rather bleak story involving sexual abuse, poverty, mental illness and deceit. It?s a...
  • Bill
    Sep 23, 2018
    What can I say to the good folks of Goodreads about this, my fifth novel? This is a book I am very proud of and excited about. I can't wait for it to come out so y'all can read the story of Max and Jordan. If you were a reader who loved the Rafe/Ben relationship, I think you'll love...
  • Erika
    Mar 10, 2019
    I loved this book so much! Max and Jordan were both perfectly imperfect and I want to wrap them up tight, safe from the world. <3 I would definitley read a sequel because (view spoiler)[I was waiting for them to, um "ride the light-rail" ;) But I totally understood why they couldn't...
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Aug 28, 2018
    Five enthusiastic stars. ...
  • Nicole Valentine
    Jun 07, 2018
    Beautiful. I could not put it down. So much to love but what spoke to me most was how it was a meditation on feeling disconnected even among your closest friends, overcoming that wall of routine that forms in friendships and creating real honest dialogue. Finding your space in the univ...
  • McKinlay Dennis
    Sep 19, 2018
    TW: rape This was so much more than i thought it was gonna be. The cover screams cute gay love story, and it is, but it also tackles so many other things. Rape, parents abandoning kids, micro aggressions, racism. In this book Max & Jordan both grow so much. There were little thi...
  • Vitor Martins
    Mar 20, 2019
    incrvel como esse livro fala sobre tanta coisa de um jeito to sensvel e honesto! Eu estava esperando um romance fofo entre dois garotos e encontrei reflexes muito mais profundas sobre muita coisa. Max e Jordan so muito diferentes, mas aquele diferente que se completa e voc...
  • Sana
    Nov 20, 2018
    "In the end, we're all both," Konigsberg said. "We all contain multitudes, and it was so cool to watch my more feminine character ? Jordan ? find his inner warrior, and my more masculine character ? Max ? lean into a vulnerability he'd never experienced before." YESSSS So...
  • Larry H
    Mar 14, 2019
    4.5 stars. Whenever I read a YA rom-com featuring LGBTQ characters, I feel so happy that kids today have these books to read, to see that finding someone to love doesn't have to be a dream they'll have to give up because of whom they're attracted to. At the same time, I can't hel...
  • Paul  Hankins
    Nov 25, 2018
    Full Disclosure: I consider Bill Konigsberg to be an author-friend. . .and I write a review of the new book in that light. And. . .in love. There's something about love that makes us skeptical of possibility. That love must do something other than simply. . .love. That in the prese...
  • Danielle Chambers
    Dec 14, 2018
    Trigger warning for rape. This book was so good! I expected it to be good don't get me wrong, but it was much more intense than I expected! Max and Jordan were such beautifully written characters. Both flawed and well fleshed out. Both had their problems and their strengths. Barrie...
  • Ricky
    Jan 13, 2019
    Trigger warnings for this book: rape, PTSD, abusive parents, mental health issues. This one's a bit of a tough book for me to rate. I've spent a day after finishing up reading the ARC to let my thoughts collect well enough, and I think I'm going to give it a 3.5 and round up to a 4....
  • Anna Luce
    Mar 03, 2019
    ????? 3.5 stars Overall I enjoyed this but there were a few aspects that didn't work for me. Maybe younger readers who are more acquainted with what I like to call the 'woke/relevant/hashtag/love-labels' slang, won't feel as disconnected from the banter or conversations oc...
  • Mo (The Scarlet Siren)
    Mar 16, 2019
    If I could, I would give all the stars in the night sky to Bill Konigsberg and The Music of What Happens. This YA LGBT novel worked its way into my heart and refuses to let go. With a unique and refreshing cast of characters who aren?t afraid to recognize their shortcomings or tackle...
  • thi
    Mar 13, 2019
    I thought I?d read stories that had very ?real? characters before but I know now that they all pale in comparison to this jordan and max are two people who meet and are quickly stuck together for a little while and their relationship progresses so naturally, nothing hurried o...
  • JM Cabral
    Feb 14, 2019
    Actual rating: 4.5 ? This one's a shocker... In a good way! Full review to come as on-sale date approaches! Here's a blurb for now: "The Music of What Happens is one deceiving book. Readers will take one look at that cover and instantly expect a cute, light, and romantic lov...
  • Romie
    Mar 24, 2019
    Huh I'm so disappointed? I had expected great things from this book, I liked the idea behind it but not the execution. Some of the things the author wrote really rubbed me the wrong way, I didn't like the way the representation of bipolar disorder was dealt it, and just, one of the MCs...
  • Paul
    Mar 04, 2019
    I was looking forward to this read... But I could not cope with how irritating both Jordan and his mother where throughout the story. There is a good book waiting to be revealed, however there are too many stories and plot points in this book which have been added just for the 'YA' fee...
  • Carolina
    Feb 19, 2019
    eeeeeeehhhh, i don't know. it wasn't the worst but *shrugs* ...
  • ellie
    May 25, 2018
    oh my goodness this cover is GAYREAT i love the colors!! 20gayteen is going so well ...
  • Eloise
    Mar 11, 2019
    I couldn't put this book down. This is the story of two boys who come together to fix a mess of a food truck in the middle of the smoking hot summer, and who find comfort and release with each other after they've both been through some kind of shitty thing. This book deals with pre...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Nov 17, 2017
    "The novel explores the paradox of how boys are taught to emotionally armor up, but find the power to change their lives through vulnerability." UM. YES. ...
  • kav (xreadingsolacex)
    Feb 01, 2019
    disclaimer: i received an arc of this of this novel in exchange for an honest review. this is no way impacted my opinions. content warnings: rape In the author?s note preceding the story, Konisberg writes about his struggle with masculinity versus feminitity as a gay male, ...
  • ˗ˏˋ janet ˊˎ˗
    Mar 22, 2019
    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH IM IN MY FEELINGS SO I CANT WRITE A PROPER REVIEW BUT LET ME SAY MY FAVORITE PARTS - characters felt so REAL - it?s realistic with the characters !! (Yeah they have actual flaws!) - transported me to summer - made me crave the food - the !! build!!...
  • Pablito
    Mar 07, 2019
    The best compliment I can give to any book is I found it hard to put down. The second best compliment I can award is that the Characters felt real, alive, true. In The Music of What Happens, both apply. While the feels of this story and the arc of its plot owe a definite debt ...
  • julia ♥
    Mar 21, 2019
    It is VERY RARE for a book to make me cry, but this one just did it. 5/5 stars, review to come. TW: rape. ...
  • Lulu (the library leopard)
    Sep 19, 2017
    can we. like. not one-star books years before they're released with no explanation? that would be cool. ...
  • Snjez
    Mar 02, 2019
    3.5 stars This book was difficult to rate. There were things I really liked about it, but there were also things that I didn't like. The story was heavier than I expected. It touches many issues, which I really appreciated, and I liked the way they were dealt with. Some of them ...
  • Ivy
    Jan 30, 2019
    I'm so glad they broke the chain of terrible Bill Konigsberg covers. ...
  • Libra
    Mar 17, 2019
    This was pure perfection! Max and Jordan are such precious boys, they went through so much character development and I was so invested in their story and everything just felt so real! Truly the perfect queer YA contemporary that everyone needs in their life! ...