Rhiannon Wilde has been telling stories for as long as she can remember---working as a journalist, a terrible barista, and a high-school English teacher in Brisbane, Australia. Rhiannon’s particular interests are caffeine, characters both real and imaginary, and the power of well-strung words to challenge and change us. Her second-person short story inspired by urban Brisbane, You Deserve Nothing, was longlisted for the Queensland Young Writer’s Award in 2014. Henry Hamlet’s Heart is her first novel, and won it the Queensland Literary Awards Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer in 2019.
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Shannon Molloy, author of Fourteen
Henry Hamlet’s Heart?! What about my heart?! This book filled it to the brim, broke it and then pieced it back together again. I found myself smiling so hard my cheeks hurt, crying like a baby, giggling like a teenager and cheering like a lunatic. It’s charming, sweet, nostalgic and utterly consuming. The exact book I wish I’d had when I was young. What a beautiful read.
Kassie King, bookseller at The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO
Henry Hamlet wholly and truly has my heart. This book is an absolutely perfect laugh-out-loud, cry-in-bed, best-friends-to-lovers queer romance that you absolutely need to pick up. Rhiannon Wilde's debut is stunning and I can't wait to share it with everyone I know.
Andrew King, bookseller at Secret Garden Bookshop, Seattle, WA
This incredible debut brought music to my brain, sunlight to my vision, and such deep, vibrant, and yearning love to my heart. A simple kissing dare between Henry and his best friend Len opens up feelings of wanting and belonging that neither had realized until that night. With senior year wrapping up, so much is changing already between family and friends – what does this mean for their friendship? Henry Hamlet's Heart is a gorgeous coming of age worthy of being ranked with Aristotle & Dante and Love, Simon.
Melissa Taylor, bookseller at E. Shaver, Booksellers, Savannah, GA
This is the best friends-to-lovers romance that my cold cynical heart really needed. Henry and his first love feelings are cuteness overload. Full of humor, sincerity, and excellent musical references, this is one of my new favorite coming of age stories.
Ernio Hernandez, bookseller at River Bend Bookshop, Glastonbury, CT
There aren't many books you absolutely fall in love with from the moment you pick up, and stay so until you finish it (later on that day because you could not put it down), but such is Henry Hamlet's Heart. The eponymous loveable nerd is fine with his place in social circles (which is to say barely in them, minus a few longtime friends), at school (not much better beyond debate and top of his class in English) and home (where he's somewhat the most anchored, even with his loving parents, Gran, and younger brother). He's pretty much resigned to his wit and barbs vs. finding love, unlike his best friend who excels at all with utter ease. When Ham suddenly discovers his own feelings, it's all he can do not to let his heart completely overrun his life. A genuinely delightful read that you'll want to share with all your friends and loved ones.
Teen boys fall in love in this friends-to-lovers romance.
It’s 2008, and best friends Henry Hamlet and Lennon Cane, both cued White, are in the graduating class at Northolm Grammar School for Boys. Henry was elected school captain, and he’s active in debate, but he doesn’t know what he wants to do after school is finished. In the meantime, his group of friends wants to make the most of their last semester together. When a game of Truth or Dare at a party leads to Henry and Len kissing, Henry’s world is forever changed. He realizes his feelings for Len go beyond friendship, but Len is cool and casual and has dated around, not limited by gender in his attraction. Even when Len returns Henry’s affection, Henry remains uncertain of what their relationship really means. This slice-of-life story set in Brisbane is slow to start but becomes more enticing once Henry grows aware of his feelings. The developing romance becomes the driving force, but there’s also friendship, school stress, and family drama. Henry’s narration captures the range of emotions that come with new love, evolving identity, and anxieties about being on the cusp of adulthood. There are several endearing side characters, like Henry’s bisexual Gran, but some of his friends aren’t as distinctly drawn. Still, this warm tale is bursting with heart, and Henry is easy to cheer for.
A charming queer romance.
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Ages: 14 and up
Page count: 336
TRIM SIZE 51/2 x 81/ 2