Land On Me (ARC) Review
Hi y'all - long time no post (again). Hopefully, I can post an update soon, but today I wanted to review Matthew R. Corr's debut novel Land On Me, which releases on August 26th. Full disclaimer: I was sent an early copy by the author in exchange for my review, but that will not influence my review.
Synopsis (source: Goodreads): Landon Griffin has everything going for him. He’s a high school senior on the brink of receiving a football scholarship, his dad is running for mayor of Madison, Texas, and his future with his girlfriend looks bright. But his simple life shatters when feelings spark for a guy he’s never met.
Giving the stranger the codename Mystery Boy, Landon hesitates to step out of his comfort zone to solve the mystery. Living in a conservative town, he struggles to hide his new obsession while trying to figure out where he fits within the spectrum of sexuality. Can he dodge the constant questions from his friends and find answers before the escalating anxiety becomes too much to handle?
Rating: 3/5 stars
Trigger/Content Warnings for the book: suicide, death of parent, parent with terminal illness, violence, homophobia, bullying, gun violence, domestic violence/abusive parents, drugs/alcohol, outing, sexual situations
Starting off, I was intrigued by the book's premise, because it reminded me of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, a book that has had my heart for several years now. Both feature a character coming to terms with his sexuality while trying to figure out the identity of a mystery love interest and dealing with the complications of coming out to everyone you know.
I will say that it took me a while to get into this book. The beginning parts felt very awkwardly written - too many linking/helping verbs and a lot of what I felt was over explanation from the main character. Over time, this problem alleviated, but it did detract from my reading experience, as I found myself skimming a lot.
I also felt like some of the plot beats were just slightly off - nothing too major - but like some parts could have been tightened up and happen earlier rather than hashing out too many plot points by the end.
All in all, this wasn't a bad read - it just wasn't for me. I wish Matthew R. Corr the best of luck with the release, and check this book out if you think it's up your alley.
Keep an eye out for my TikTok and Instagram post with my journal spread for this book, and hopefully I can get back into the swing of things.