Mack never thought he’d find love, but now two boys want to be with him. Will he choose Karim or Finlay? And can true love last for ever? A must-read queer love story for fans of Sarah Crossan and Sex Education, written in verse by Dean Atta.
Fifteen-year-old Mack is a hopeless romantic – he blames the films he’s grown up watching. He has liked Karim for as long as he can remember, and is ecstatic when Karim becomes his boyfriend – it feels like love.
But when Mack’s dad gets a job on a film in Scotland, Mack has to move, and soon he discovers how painful love can be. It’s horrible being so far away from Karim, but the worst part is that Karim doesn’t make the effort to visit. Love shouldn’t be only on the weekends.
Then, when Mack meets actor Finlay on a film set, he experiences something powerful, a feeling like love at first sight. How long until he tells Karim – and when will his old life and new life collide?
Praise for Only on the Weekends:
'Full of tender truths on the joy and agony of first love, amplified by the confessional tone of the verse format.' The Guardian
'A beautiful book. The rhythm feels so natural, it’s as if the book has a pulse.' Books From Scotland
'Stonewall winner Atta’s novel in verse is an exquisite and detailed look at friendship, compromises, family, and love, deftly capturing Mack’s insecurities in a voice authentic to the high-school experience…. The vivid, multifaceted depiction of teenage emotions makes this highly recommended.' Booklist
'Atta beautifully captures the messy ups and downs of first love in Only on the Weekends. From intense explorations of body image, difficult familial relationships, what it means to be a friend and the fine line between joking and ridiculing all the way to pursuing the love you want and deserve, this novel packs an emotional punch… Full of heart, messy, real characters and complicated relationships, Only on the Weekends is a nuanced exploration of first love and growing up and into your own. Riveting.' The Nerd Daily
'A gorgeous verse novel that explores the romance between three boys… Only on the Weekends feels like a celebration of family, queer identity and queer love. I don’t think I could’ve loved it any more than I did. This has everything I love in a book, and I knew I could place my trust firmly in Atta. A boy coming to terms with his identity, a family dynamic, friendships, gorgeous romances, beautiful poetry… Atta did a fantastic job at making each relationship feel so real and so authentic that it was so hard for me as a reader to decide which way I was leaning… The poetry in this was just divine and some of the lines I had to take a minute and sit with. If you love your romance, particularly your queer romance, then this book is 100% for you.' The Royal Bookshelf
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