Here the Whole Time
Author(s): Vítor Martins
What would you do if you had to spend the next 15 days with your lifelong crush? If you love Rainbow Rowell and Heartstopper, you'll fall for this body-positive love story.
Felipe is fat. And he doesn't need anyone to remind him, which is, of course, what everyone does. That's why he's been waiting for summer: a break from school and the classmates who tease him incessantly. His plans include catching up on TV, finishing his TBR pile, and watching YouTube tutorials on skills he'll never actually put into practice. But things get a little out of hand when Felipe's mom informs him that Caio, the neighbor kid from apartment 57, will be spending the next 15 days with them while his parents are on vacation.
Felipe is distraught because A) he's had a crush on Caio since, well, forever, and B) Felipe has a list of body image insecurities and absolutely NO idea how he's going to entertain his neighbor for two full weeks. Suddenly, the days ahead of him that once promised rest and relaxation (not to mention some epic Netflix bingeing) end up bringing a whirlwind of feelings, forcing Felipe to dive head-first into every unresolved issue he has had with himself - but maybe, just maybe, he'll manage to win over Caio, too.
'I love this book!' Rainbow Rowell
Lucy Black's Review:
Attention Rainbow Rowell and Heartstopper (Alice Oseman) fans! This might be your next favourite. Here the Whole Time is a sweet and relatable story of a crush, a houseguest and a budding romance between teen boys in Brazil. The main character Felipe has low self esteem, a brilliant solo mum and a love of making lists, and it's hard not to fall for him as he falls for his neighbour.
This debut novel is pretty straight forward but contains hidden gems with great supporting characters, diversity and lessons about loving yourself before falling in love with others.
Vitor Martins was born in Rio de Janeiro, and currently live in Sao Paulo. His first novel Quinze Dias was published in 2017 - and is now translated into English by Larissa Helena. Vitor believes diversity is a powerful weapon, and his main goal as a writer is to tell the story of people who have never been able to see themselves in a book. He also has a YouTube channel, a cat called Clarencio, eats more pizza than he should and, unlike most of his writing friends, likes a nice early night.
- : 9781444958492
- : Hachette Children's Group
- : Hodder Children's Books
- : 0.3
- : August 2020
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- : books
- : Vítor Martins
- : Paperback
- : English
- : 869.35
- : 282