Wild Things

Vintage. May 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780593470053. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE /LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
A quartet of queer friends discover love and community in the English countryside in this contemporary romance from UK author Kay (The Split). Eleanor (El) has been in a rut for years, stuck in a boring job and hopelessly pining for her best friend, Ray. Even a New Year’s challenge to try “wild things” every month seems to have little effect on El’s state of mind. However, when El and her friends Ray, Jamie, and Will decide to take a chance and buy a ramshackle house in a rural village together, it proves to be just the catalyst El needs to make change in her life. As the four friends fix up Lavender House and make friends with the locals, Eleanor and Ray grow closer, and the stakes of El revealing her crush on Ray grow higher. Kay spins a compelling story about creating queer family and falling in love with your best friend, while keeping a light tone throughout.
VERDICT Readers who want a true romantic comedy and enjoy the distinctly deadpan narrative voices of Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle or Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary will enjoy Kay’s U.S. debut.
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