Title: Why We Fight
Series: At First Sight: Book 4
Author: TJ Klune
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Corey Ellis sure doesn’t. Oh, everyone around him seems to have found their happy ending, but he’s far too busy to worry about such things. He’ll have plenty of time for romance after he survives his last summer before graduation. So what if he can’t get his former professor, Jeremy Olsen, out of his head? It’s nothing more than hero worship. And that’s the way it should stay.
Except bigender Corey—aka Kori—is interning at Phoenix House for the summer, a LGBTQI youth center. A center that recently hired an interim director until someone can be found to fill the position permanently.
Because life is extraordinarily unfair, the director just so happens to be a certain former professor, now turned current boss.
Desperate to keep things professional as he and Jeremy grow closer, Corey makes a major mistake: he turns to his friends, Paul Auster and Sanford Stewart for help.
But Paul and Sandy have some ideas of their own….
Set in the summer of 2016, *Why We Fight* is a celebration of queer life and being true to oneself… no matter the cost.
All the Stars
Why We Fight is the finale of the At First Sight series by TJ Klune. And, in my opinion, the best one of the series. Why We Fight features the love story of Corey/Kori and Jeremy. We know Corey/Kori as Ty’s ex from the Bear, Otter, and the Kid series and Sandy’s roommate from this series. Corey/Kori bring the two series together (which is AMAZING). Jeremy was introduced briefly in this series as an attendee at Vince and Paul’s wedding (he’s Charlie’s boyfriend’s son). And, in that scene, there was a little notion that Corey/Kori was attracted to Jeremy, their former professor, in a love at first sight kind of situation.
TJ Klune could put on a clinic on how to write relatable, humorous, and interesting characters that are flawed and a little broken by their circumstances (either past or present). Why We Fight delves into Corey/Kori’s struggle as a bi-gender, bi-racial foster kid growing up with little love and support. Jeremy had his struggles as well in his past as a bi-sexual man who was orphaned at a young age.
The beauty of how TJ Klune flays these characters open while keeping his books humorous, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining is what makes them so very powerful. He teaches the lessons of fighting for self-acceptance, family (by blood and by choice), and love (being able to give and accept it) while making you laugh out loud, cry and everything in between. I truly found myself unable to put this one down and I completely lost myself in this story. I feel like I’ve been to Phoenix House, Jack-It and Build-a-Bear Sweat Shop!
What makes this book better than most of TJ’s is this book included updates/glimpses of all the beloved characters from both series. We know what’s up with Bear & Otter, Ty & Dom, Paul & Vince, Sandy & Darren, Robert & Charlie, Nana, Johnny Depp, Matty and Larry. We even met some new intriguing new characters like Kai and Diego. And, I adored how he used all the characters to bring Corey/Kori and Jeremy together.
Again, this was a FANTASTIC ending to a wonderful series.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***