I have enjoyed many of K.C. Wells’ works in the past. Her latest release, BFF, is a sweet romance that slowly builds a landscape of love between two boys who grow up together and are surprised to discover that their love runs much deeper than just friendship.
David met Matt in second grade. David, always the perfectionist who easily excelled academically, took notice of the new boy who obviously hated spelling and reading. The two boys began a friendship that would carry them through college graduation and beyond. While both of them tried the dating thing, neither really found a girl that excited them or held their interest. The few times either of them dated, it was their close bond that always won out—theirs being the only relationship that ever lasted. So, it was a no surprise that post-graduation found the two guys sharing an apartment. It would take a life threatening event to make both men realize just how invested they were in each other’s lives and how deep their emotions ran for each other.
BFF was set up rather uniquely—told as a series of memories by a now adult David, he freely admits from the beginning that the language he uses for his much younger self was a bit too sophisticated and perhaps not so genuine. So don’t go into this tory expecting to see authentic dialogue between two seven-year olds. It is also interesting that the author chose to have her narrator/writer leave a “Note” at the end of each milestone memory that gives us insight as to the way the event impacted the now adult David. I wasn’t always a fan of those endnotes, primarily because I felt they made the storytelling aspect of the novel more disjointed and episodic. In fact, that is probably my main criticism of this book overall. I felt the way in which David narrated the story prevented me from really emotionally investing in the lives of these two young men. I was shown how the boys grew up rather than being emotionally drawn in and allowed to be a silent observer of the action as it took place. Everything had a feel of distance to me and that meant that what little chemistry seeped through David’s narration was not really enough to make me believe these two guys were in love.
The other thing I found unusual was the utter lack of realization that they were both bisexual. These guys were incredibly naïve when it came to their sexuality. Matt was the more outgoing of the two of them, so it seemed surprising he didn’t toy with the idea that if a girl didn’t do it for him, maybe a boy might? At one point I was convinced that both of them were perhaps either asexual or aromantic or both, but that wasn’t the case, or at least the author didn’t come out and say that was the case. David remarks that his two attempts with a girl didn’t end well, but that didn’t seem to faze him or make him question his preferences. Yet both David and Matt’s parents were not the least surprised when the two boys ended up in a relationship together. So their folks saw it, but they were oblivious? No, that really didn’t compute for me.
BFF had some really nice moments and, in the end, I could get on board with Matt and David discovering their feelings for each other. While I felt the format the author chose to impart her story was a bit stilted, the two young men were undeniably sweet and their story held my interest.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.