We Contain Multitudes Book Review

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Thoughts: While I loved this story its important to let you all know about some triggers in this book. Theres homophobia, abuse, relationships between a 15 year old and an 18 year old, and bullying. It’s a lot for the age it’s intended for and 3/4 into the story it gets pretty bad for everyone in the story.

I randomly pulled this off the shelves at the library and then decided to listen to the audiobook instead. I’m glad I did because it brought both characters to life for me. It allowed me to see these characters and they’re now in my head rather than just on paper.

I loved how this story was told through these characters letters to each other. I also liked how these letters are read by whoever wrote it, well at least that’s how it felt to me. I love how these letters that were a class assignment lead to a lot more for these boys lives.

I love all the emotions that the characters go through and how you can see them struggle through their feelings. The whole thing felt realistic for the ages that the characters are. I love how their emotions are scattered all over the place and how they go back and forth with each other. It makes me hate them and love them at the same time.

I like how you slowly find out Adam’s story and what’s going on in his life. I like how you see him struggle with his feelings and then struggle with other things happening. I also like how Jonathan helps him through everything and wants to rescue him. I like how after hearing curls story you start hearing more about Jonathan’s background. Ultimately what I love is that this book is much more than what you think it first is.

I have a love hate relationship with people who are “broken” and feel like they dont deserve to love and be loved. They remind me of myself and seeing them in that fear of letting that love happen makes me cry. I feel for Adam so much and just want him to be okay through the whole thing and wish he didnt push people away.

I highly recommend this to those of you who enjoy young adult coming of age books and those of you who are looking for LGBTQ+ books to read.

You can get this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.