A Hard Day's Night by Mia Kerick
All You Need Is Love . . . .
A Hard Day's Night by Mia Kerick is an adorable story about Lennon and Fin; social opposites but best friends nonetheless. These two young men have given themselves 24 hours in each others company to explore their sexuality once and for all and determine their feelings for one another.
Our narrator, nicknamed after his idol John Lennon, reminds me of a rambunctious puppy! He is aware of his own emotional sensitivity and admits that over the two years he has known Fin "it's the real thing I've fallen into".
The fun thing about this story is that the activities Lennon has planned - like make-overs, hair-styling and shopping for Disney t-shirts - are stereotypically "gay" but Mia Kerick has her characters recognise this so that we too are swept along with the events, especially Fin and Lennon's first kiss. We share that breath-taking moment when Fin describes the moment as "magical" and are ready to invest our time and emotions into this story.
Fin is a more complicated character than Lennon, perhaps because we know how heavily influenced he his by his wealthy family or because throughout the story we only see him through Lennon's eyes. Yet we empathise with the fact that so many of Fin's choices have been assumed by his parents, even though we cannot see this pair without each other.
A Hard Day's Night is an honest and beautifully told young adult gay romance which I would definitely recommend.