This book. Was. Adorable.
Thaddeus was adorable.
Teofil was adorable.
The two of them together were adorable.
The family relationships were adorable.
Everything was adorable. That’s all you need to know! Review over!
Honestly though, I was already invested in Thaddeus and Teofil’s relationship before they had even spoken. I can’t even tell you how many times I felt warm and fuzzy and couldn’t help but smile while reading this. It was such a wholesome, sweet romance, and I was so happy for Thaddeus finally finding someone who made him feel so giddy and happy and understood. The author captured that high school crush, butterflies in your stomach, overexcited awkwardness so well.
And as I said, the characters themselves were so lovable. Thaddeus was a lonely teen with a good heart. Teofil was a sweetheart. Even all the other characters, like Nathan (Thaddeus’s dad) were good and kind.
Also, this was such a healthy portrayal of teenage boys! Thaddeus had emotions, and he liked the flowers that Teofil sent him, and he realized he missed being hugged by his dad. Things like that just made the book even better.
And speaking of Thaddeus’s dad, that relationship was really sweet too. They talked things out, they tried to understand each other, they loved and appreciated each other.
Last but not least, a garden gnome love interest! I loved it. I’ve only done a bit of reading on gnome lore/mythology, but I always like seeing authors’ takes on supernatural beings.
There was also a plot, in addition to the romance, but this was a fairly short book, and the plot is one that continues into the next book.
This is definitely enjoyable for all ages (if you enjoy YA), but if you know any actual teens or pre-teens who are looking for something sweet, especially if they’re looking for something with gay characters, I recommend this so hard. This book was a sweet, adorable clean romance with lovable characters that’s bound to make you smile!
Anyone who likes clean M/M romance, YA, uncommon supernatural creatures (gnomes), and lots of adorableness.
At fifteen, Thaddeus Cane has moved thirty-two times with his father. Each time he’s displaced without explanation, Thaddeus loses any friends he’s made. The name of their latest town is Superstition, but it seems normal enough, with one exception.
Thaddeus’s bedroom window gives him a view into the beautiful gardens next door. Every night after dark, an attractive guy around Thaddeus’s age appears to tend the plants. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, he discovers not only how deep his interest in the other man runs, but also that Teofil, the midnight gardener, isn’t human. He’s a garden gnome, a revelation that will lead to more secrets coming to light and an adventure unlike anything Thaddeus ever imagined.