We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra is a book I’m excited about, but not one I’m incredibly tempted to read. I used to love these pen pal type contemporary love stories as a kid. Of course, usually they were the kind where the person didn’t know who they were writing and found out later. And I’m incredibly thrilled to see that these stories are now being written with LGBTQ characters and give them that ability to see themselves in stories I was able to have at a young age. But I’ve long since moved past enjoying contemporary stories and don’t imagine I will be picking this one up.
Jonathan Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky are partnered in English class, writing letters to one another in a weekly pen pal assignment. With each letter, the two begin to develop a friendship that eventually grows into love. But with homophobia, bullying, and devastating family secrets, Jonathan and Kurl struggle to overcome their conflicts and hold onto their relationship…and each other.
What do you think of the idea of falling in love via letters? Does We Contain Multitudes sound like a novel you’d like to have on your TBR? Or no? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! Happy reading, everyone!