long macchiatos and monsters review

Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans is one of the books on my pride TBR – it has both trans and non-binary characters, and I believe that it is own voices (please correct me if I’m wrong!)

Jalen, lover of B-grade sci-fi movies, meets the far-too-handsome P in a cafe while deciding whether or not to skip uni again. When P invites them along to a double feature of Robot Monster and Cat Women of the Moon, Jalen can hardly believe that hot boys like bad sci-fi, too. But as their relationship progresses, Jalen realizes P leaves him wondering if they’re on the same page about what dating means, and if that’s what they’re doing.

This book was so sweet!

Both characters also have disabilities, and are people of colour. (I personally did not realise that P and Jalen are PoC until I was looking on goodreads, so I wouldn’t say that the representation was too apparent in this respect.) None of the diverse aspects of the novella felt tacked on for the sake of it. In my (admittedly biased) mind, they were introduced naturally and were developed well.

Like many others, though, I wanted much more! I would have very happily read a novel-length story about P and Jalen. The novella felt a little bit rushed, which was a shame. I definitely wanted to know more about the enigmatic P and adorable Jalen. In this way, it really reminded me of The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis

I’m really looking forward to reading Evans’ YA novel Ida, which also is queer and science-y!

NB: This is my choice for non-binary character in the Diversity Bingo 2017. 


One thought on “long macchiatos and monsters review

  1. christine @ the story salve says:

    This is on my Pride TBR (which somehow keeps growing…gah!) and I’m glad you approve. I’m a little :/ about the whole novella thing. On the one hand, short books are super fun to read, but on the other hand, I’m ALWAYS left wanting more. I never want to leave the diverse characters behind! Which is how I felt about M. Hollis, but at the same time I couldn’t fault either of those books much because I’d literally never read anything like them. Which is how I feel about this one: how many non-binary characters do we really have out there? We definitely need more. Anyway, sorry for the ramble, great review 🙂

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