• The Temperature of Me and You

  • By: Brian Zepka
  • Narrated by: Andrew Gibson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (176 ratings)

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The Temperature of Me and You

By: Brian Zepka
Narrated by: Andrew Gibson
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Publisher's Summary

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapians Agenda with a sci-fi bent. 

Dylan — a hopeless romantic — falls for Jordan, the new boy in town who runs hot and is able to conjure fire with the wave of his hand.

©2022 Brian Zepka (P)2022 Disney Hyperion

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High expectations for such a bad delivery

I’m not one to give bad reviews, honestly.
I started to listen to The Temperature of Me and You after seeing the writer talk about it on Tiktok. I found out that Disney bought the rights to make it a series adaptation for it and just made me want to listen it even more. A queer adaptation made BY Disney sounds like something unreal that we have all been waiting for.

~SPOILER ALERT ⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️~

There were many unfinished ideas that unfortunately just really didn’t make sense. At times it felt extremely rushed and at others way too slow, it lacks a good balance.

The letdown starts with how Zepka rushes into Jordan’s attraction towards Dylan. He just met the boy and explodes an ice cream because he was too excited and wanted to get to know him? Following that, we have Dylan chasing after him and accepting to walk a complete stranger, that just melted a cup with his fingers, home?
There are, obviously, great moments in this book. The character development of Savannah is heartwarming and the professor not thinking twice on accepting being part of the GSA are great examples of it.

~ SPOILER ENDS ⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️~

Aside from the microphones issues, Gibson made a great delivery of every character voice and their personalities.
I will definitely watch the series in hopes Disney can make some repairs to Zepka’s story.

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charming happy-sad romance with absurd plot

much better written than I expected with moving passages and quirky, realistic dialogue with moments of lyrical beauty. excellent narrator who added depth to a remarkably simple plot you quickly ignore

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Great story telling

This is a feel good story with suspense, drama, and comedy. It is, in a way, a gay coming of age story exploring a first love. My only complaint is that it ended too soon.

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Just a huge mess.

One can create fantasy fiction of either small or great distance from our real world, but such a work can only be a good read if rules for that world are established and stuck to throughout the whole work.

For example, a room in a nice suburban home gets essentially trashed and there's never any commentary from the parental units inquiring what the heck happened.

The world in this book has no rules therefore there is no logic or consistency in the actions of the people in the story. What has been created is not a unified work of fiction but a series of hundreds of individual scenes or episodes that peck around at being part of a romance narrative spiced with random supernaturality.

In the middle of this muddle, the reader has to contend with characters that have more cardboard than an Amazon package.

It's beyond me how thirsty one has to be for genre gay romance fiction in order to give this book a pass. Don't the basic rules for writing fiction

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Perfection

This book is the best book I have listen/read in YEARS. Its soooo exciting, thrilling, romantic, and utterly breathtaking!

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Great Story

So, the story was great, the performance was a little too breathe. I will believe it wasn't because of the narrator. I do have believe that I might have gotten a bad take from the studio, when I bought this audible book. If amazon/audible can contact me with instruction on getting a better audio take for this narration that would be awesome.

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Very.... eh

To be honest I actually don't have a lot to say about this. It was below my expectations, but overall fine, if you don't think too hard about anything that happens.

I will say this: The author seems to know very well how to write nice dialog that develops relationships between characters and makes you feel nice and warm about them. The author seems much less capable of translating that into a well-developed plot.

Unanswered questions and hanging threads abound, too many issues just left up in the air with no further exploration, while meanwhile other significant thinge just get wrapped up very briefly in a bow that is a little too neat.

It's pretty ridden with cliches as well, but, oh well. Fine enough as a listen to pass the time. Gonna be honest, I mostly only kept listening because I like the narrator, but even that wasn't perfect on account of he seemed to be having occasional bouts of significant audio issues during the recording. I counted maybe five times, ish, that it happens? But you know what, it kinda perfectly illustrates the experience of this book in general, haha, so I can't be too mad at it.

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Maximum Ride Meets Firestarter

As others said, the narrator was great except for the weird audio issues.

I liked this book, but it was not great. This was a pretty good story for a young adult novel, it reads like a gender-bent Maximum Ride novel, or a retelling of Stephen King's Firestarter. That said, there are plot holes like craters that disrupt the realism of the story for me, and the characters were rather one-note. By the end, all of the women in the story basically had the same personality. Frankly, the bullies were almost more compelling than some of the protagonists. I think the biggest reason this story irritates me so much is because they could have been fixed by a good beta reader. Here are some questions I would have asked the writer to elaborate on if I were a beta reader:

***MILD SPOILERS***

Why isn't the MC more concerned about being knocked unconscious by the love interest? Or react more violently than he does? Why does he randomly confront the love interest knowing that the other is literally explosive? With no other plans than "I'm gonna wear my mittens lol"? Why does nobody question why the "enemy" is following them around but NOT doing anything about it? Why is the "enemy" so easy to point out in a crowd (so to speak)? Why aren't there surveillance cameras All over the new housing developments after AT LEAST the second burning? Why does the main enemy-to-friend jump immediately to arson to feel good about herself??

**SPOILERS END**

Those are not all of my questions, but I'm not a book critic so I won't list them all, but I feel like with minor changes in the story, all of these questions could have been solved. It comes back to "why is everyone acting like an inexperienced idiot in this book?". I understand that the MCs are teenagers, but none of the adults seem to have a brain either. On top of that, the "magic" system was very strange and occasionally inconsistent, and the author downplayed the physical consequences of burning people during the action scenes (understandable for a YA book).

Now for the positives:

I like that it was a gay romance, and that it had fantasy elements. I like that the main characters usually had a motive for what they did, even if what they did was dumb. I liked the details about the main characters' friendships, and relationships with family. The romance wasn't too bad, if a little rushed. Overall, the book was campy, fun, and not too heavy of a read, which is /exactly/ what I was looking for, and I think makes my purchase worth it twice over.

After a quick google, I see that Brian Zepka is not much older than me. So I will finalize this (unintentionally scathing) review by restating that I actually enjoyed this book, despite its pitfalls. I wouldn't be taking my time to write this if I didn't think this story was worth it (I don't review often). I think that Zepka has made a really good start of his writing career, and I will be following him, and reading what he writes next.

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On par with the last season of GOT, disappointing

Sadly this book didn’t meet expectations. Like the last season of GOT, a lot of wasted character development for a rushed SPOILER ALERT, they get together at the end.

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Just okay.

I couldn't get past the 2 hour mark for this one. The main character is an edgy teenager who doesn't act more than 12 years old, which makes him insufferable to listen to and hear about. I didn't like the pacing much at all either. The performance was okay, but I can't bring myself to keep listening to this. Really regret using a credit on this book.

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  • Benjamin
  • 06-11-22

Kept me going, but lacked depth.

I enjoyed the premise of this story, and the background of two strangers meeting, mingled with some 'magic' problems along the way, however I felt some of thr story lacked depth, and we did not see the true 'potential' of the characters.

This would make a good introductory book to a trilogy, where the main protagonists are able to explore and use their 'powers' more and more depth and substance to their relationship, however as a standalone book it left me slightly underwhelming, and the ending was 100% predictable.

Still a decent read, and a good teen/young adult LGBT/coming out story; but not by any means a 'best in genre'.

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