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Book Review: Epically Earnest by Molly Horan (ARC)

"In this delightfully romantic LGBTQ+ comedy-of-errors inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a high school senior works up the courage to ask her long-time crush to prom all while deciding if she should look for her bio family.

Jane Grady’s claim to fame is that she was one first viral internet sensations, dubbed #bagbaby—discovered as a one-year-old in an oversized Gucci bag by her adopted father in a Poughkeepsie train station. Now in her senior year of high school, Jane is questioning whether she wants to look for her bio family due to a loving, but deeply misguided push from her best friend Algie, while also navigating an all-consuming crush on his cousin, the beautiful, way-out-of-her-league Gwen Fairfax.

And while Janey’s never thought of herself as the earnest type, she needs to be honest with her parents, Algie, Gwen, but mostly herself if she wants to make her life truly epic. With a wink toward Oscar Wilde’s beloved play, Epically Earnest explores the complexity of identity, the many forms family can take, and the importance of being . . . yourself."

Pages: 304


I received Epically Earnest by Molly Horan for free by Harper 360 YA in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for my advanced copy!

This was another one of my anticipated reads for the year and I can’t even begin to describe how happy I was when this came in the mail! Plus I was even happier when I LOVED it!

Epically Earnest is a character driven story and you can’t help but fall in love with each of them! Every character is interesting, full of life and with their own quirks. They will make you feel ALL of the feels!

Also weird side note but I love that both the main character Jane and I share an allergy of kiwi! I’ve never heard of anyone else having this and I always get weird looks when I tell people so I instantly felt a kinship with her 😂

I loved all of the connections to The Importance of Being Earnest and all of the quotes at the start of the chapters! Oscar Wilde is such an iconic author and this was a perfect, beautifully queer, coming of age story to honour his work!

Epically Earnest is a lovely story about finding yourself, the importance of friendship and discovering love that was an absolute delight to read!

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