Epically Earnest by Molly Horan

Genre: YA contemporary romance, LGBTQ+

Release date: 21 June, 2022

Content warnings: child abandonment, blood/injury


In this delightfully romantic LGBTQ+ comedy-of-errors inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a high school senior works up the courage to ask her long-time crush to prom all while deciding if she should look for her bio family.

Jane Worthing’s claim to fame is that she was one first viral internet sensations, dubbed #bagbaby—discovered as a one-year-old in an oversized Gucci bag by her adopted father in a Poughkeepsie train station. Now in her senior year of high school, Janey is questioning whether she wants to look for her bio family due to a loving, but deeply misguided push from her best friend Algie, while also navigating an all-consuming crush on his cousin, the beautiful, way-out-of-her-league Gwen Fairfax.

And while Janey’s never thought of herself as the earnest type, she needs to be honest with her parents, Algie, Gwen, but mostly herself if she wants to make her life truly epic. With a wink toward Oscar Wilde’s beloved play, Epically Earnest explores the complexity of identity, the many forms family can take, and the importance of being . . . yourself.

My Review

My rating: 3/5 stars

This was the perfect beach read for me today. I read the majority of it in just 3 hours. Overall, it was a cute, adorable, one sitting kind of read. Not the sort of book I’ll be thinking about for weeks, but the kind of book that makes you loose 3 hours and then wonder how time passed so fast.

The romance was cute and sapphic, the best friend’s romance was also adorable. The friendship between Janey and Algie was PEAK Gen Z.

What this book lacked in plot it made up for in the writing style. The plot felt like it was building towards a main event that never happened. But the writing style transported me directly into Janey’s high school senior brain. Sometimes the ability of adult authors to channel teens scares me.

I would recommend this one for a beach read or when in need of a quick rescue from a reading slump.


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