The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know
I've loved Hartinger's teen books since Geography Club and Last Chance Texaco. I must admit that even though I wanted to know how Russel was as an adult, I started this book for adults with some trepidation. Did Russel turn out ok? Were he, Min, and Gunnar still friends? In The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know my hopes were fulfilled and my fears banished.
It falls into the new adult category, a recent sub genre that combines the angst that doesn't end at 18 or 21 but continues on through the early 20s (and for many, much longer) with adult characters, challenges, and situations. I had never read a Gay romance before (terrible to confess as a reader's advisor who tries to read broadly) but even though I would classify this as a romance, it doesn't really follow the traditional romance story arc, there is so much more going on -- friendships, work life, and Bigfoot. It is really true to life of what people think about and worry about in their 20s, including sex.
I hope that all those readers who loved teen age Russel, Min, and Gunnar when they were teens themselves, find this story now as adults.