Straight Expectations by Calum McSwiggan
Genre: Young Adult, Queer, LGBT, Contemporary
Length: 272 Pages
Publishing: 4th May 2023
The brilliant debut novel from author, presenter and LGBTQ+ advocate Calum McSwiggan!
Seventeen-year-old Max has always been out, proud and just a little spoiled. Frustrated by the lack of romantic options in his small-town high school, during an argument with his lifelong best friend Dean, Max lashes out and says he wishes he had never been born gay.
Max gets more than he bargained for when he wakes up to find his wish has come true - not only have his feelings for boys vanished, but so has Dean.
With his school life turned upside down and his relationship with his family in tatters, Max sets out on a journey of rediscovery to find a way back to the life he took for granted, and the romance he thought he'd never have.
A deliciously romantic YA debut that's What If It's Us and One Last Stop!
About the Author
Calum McSwiggan (born 21 May 1990) is a British YouTuber, blogger, and online radio presenter. McSwiggan creates video content on LGBT+ issues, mental health, and sex and relationships. He began creating YouTube videos in 2013 and began hosting The Calum McSwiggan Show on Fubar Radio in 2017.
This book was everything the fact that the main character of Max had a great friendships, knew who he was but was getting frustrated by the lack of romance especially when you have eyes for someone who doesn't know how you feel about them. The banter between Max, Dean and Alicia was sooooo good these characters made the story as does the side characters. I think that Callum for a debut novel did a sterling job and I am intrigued to see what he will write next as I most certainly will be reading it whatever it is.
I'm not going to spoil what happens in the book but I will say Max realises that words have power and because of these words everything was not quite as they should be.
For all the above reasons I am giving Straight Expectations 5 Stars