Published Details: May 14th 2019 By Push

Mental health, Anxiety, and Depression, Challenged from parents rejection after coming out, Panic attacks

It’s just three words: I am nonbinary. But that’s all it takes to change everything.

This book is heartbreaking, magical, and pure all wrapped up in a shade of rainbow, a book about overcoming anxiety, depression, rejection, and trauma.

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben's attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan's friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity. 

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I Wish You All the Best is a young-adult contemporary about Ben De Backer, a non-binary teen who was thrown out of their house after coming out to their parents, welcomed by their older sister, Hannah, who they haven’t spoken to for more than a decade, and her husband, Thomas; they begin a new life, entering therapy, and begin to find peace as they finish their senior year. Ben finds comfort in art classes, which become a safe haven as the art teacher takes them under her wing who then goes and support of their best friend, who is a non-binary Muslim immigrant and has to overcome the after-effects of this trauma, struggling with an anxiety disorder, depression, and feelings of loneliness, but whose days are brightened by their classmate, Nathan, who just might become more than that, thought there were some occasion i was really scared cause I found myself debating on whether Nathan was going to hurt them and if his optimism was just a mask.

I don’t know whether to cry or scream or do both. It feels like I’ve done more than enough of both. And it feels like I haven’t done enough.

Ben De Backer

A BULLET POINT OF WHAT I LOVE FROM i wish you All the best

  • I Wish You All the Best  provides a valuable resource for parents or allies who want to educate themselves while also serving as a sources for for non-binary teens who need representation, affirmation, and guidance.
  • The representation offered is beautiful and each character could easily walk right off the page. I loved seeing the slow burn between Ben and Nathan.
  • This book actually talk about touch averse, which can be common in people who deal with panic attacks or people dealing with anxiety, cause i read of some instances where some people who are just born or developed that way.
  • The story itself is perfectly paced from beginning to end, with twists and turns at just the right moments,this is a book I’ll definitely be rereading in the future.

There is so much hype surrounding I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST. And it still manages to exceed all of the high expectations placed upon it. I can not wait to read more from Mason Deaver in the future.

  • I Wish You All the Best is a letter to the kids who don’t know where they fall in the gender binary, to the kids who know they fall outside the binary but who need a little help understanding just how that is doesn’t means they are a failure, those kids that just want to be accepted, loved and protected.
  • They wrote an intriguing and moving plot, and, most importantly they wrote their debut novel in such a manner that it never felt like a debut and a ray of hope for others who are having issue with their gender identity.

I Wish You All the Best was that one book that tackle what can be considered as difficult conversations about gender identity with parental figures, friends, relatives, and romantic partner, with it not always easy for Ben to explain how they’re feeling, or why they’re feeling that way, the book provides a guide on how to articulate those feelings that surround gender identity, while also discussing the non-binary gender etiquette for the reader.

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  1. Thank you for posting about this book. I haven’t heard of it, but I’m glad I do now. It’s so important for young people today to see themselves represented in books and media. And a book that not only addresses coming out as a non-binary person, but issues of depression and anxiety is more essential than ever now. Thanks for this. Will definitely read and recommend to others.


  2. Great review, thank you for sharing! I mean, it’s been a while since I’ve delved into the Young Adult category. It really is an underrated category though.

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  3. This is a great review – I have added the book to my wishlist (Hope it might come out for Kindle!). Meanwhile I have shared your review on my regular blogshare feature – Midweek Magic Inspiring Blogs for You!, Claire x


  4. This sounds like an excellent read! Thanks for the review! 😊👍


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