published: 4th February 2021
My name’s Archie Albright, and I know two things for certain:
1. My mum and dad kind of hate each other, and they’re not doing a great job of pretending that they don’t anymore.
2. They’re both keeping a secret from me, but I can’t figure out what.
Things aren’t going great for Archie Albright. His dad’s acting weird, his mum too, and he all he wants is for everything to go back to normal, to three months before when his parents were happy and still lived together. When Archie sees a colourful, crumpled flyer fall out of Dad’s pocket, he thinks he may have found the answer. Only problem? The answer might just lie at the end of the rainbow, an adventure away.
Together with his best friends, Bell and Seb, Archie sets off on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey to try and fix his family, even if he has to break a few rules to do it…
Galley provided by publisher
I have sat thinking how to possibly review Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow for a good couple of weeks now and I still haven’t got any closer to answering that question. So what you will be getting is probably less a review and more a rambling collection of words, hopefully in some form of coherent, grammatical structure, but I can’t promise it.
You know how, for all that reading books aimed at your own age group is fun, going back to children’s-slash-middle grade or whatever you want to call it, just hits different? Something about it being uncomplicated and able to evoke some serious emotions, probably. And I feel like that’s all the more evident when it comes to LGBT middle grade lit.
In Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow, we follow Archie, whose parents have recently separated and who desperately wants them all to be happy again. When his dad comes out to him, Archie decides the best way to fix things, and make his dad happy, is to go to London Pride, to find out just what he can do to help.
Firstly, a lot of what contributed to my rating of this book was about the emotions. It’s a book about a boy who just wants his father to be happy, so goes about it in the only way he knows how, and it’s probably the most heartwarming and wholesome book I’ve read this entire year (and I’ve read…over 500 at this point, please do not ask). It was also one of those books you read and you know nothing bad is going to happen so you can relax completely into it (and not just because it was MG).
And it’s a book that’s very much about love. Love for your family, but also love for the LGBT community, and that’s probably the major reason it had me crying. Every page was suffused with that love and it showed throughout the book. So, really, I think it’s a book that everyone, no matter what age, should read.
And then you, too, can have the experience of trying to read words through blurry vision!