Thank you to NetGalley and Wattpad for a review copy of I’m A Gay Wizard. This does not affect my rating.
You do magic once, and it sticks to you like glitter glue…
When Johnny and his best friend, Alison, pass their summer holidays dabbling in magic, they never expect it to have consequences. Sure, it’d be great if they could banish bullies or change their lives for the better, and what harm could come from lighting a few candles and chanting a few spells? They get their answer in the form of an earthquake unleashed at their behest, which draws the attention of the Marduk Institute, an age-old organization dedicated to fostering the talents of young wizards.
Whisked away to the institute and told they can never return to their old lives, Johnny and Alison must quickly adapt to a new world shimmering with monsters, fraternities, and cute boys like Hunter and Blake. But when they’re pulled into a dark, supernatural fight that could cost them their lives, they’ll have to find strength they never knew they had as they battle for love, acceptance, and their own happy endings—all with the help of a little bit of magic.
TRIGGER WARNING: HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA
This is going to be another short and quick review.
The only thing loved about I’m A Gay Wizard is the diversity and representation in it. I feel like that was pretty well done, however there are a few violent scenes, that are a result of homophobia and transphobia which can potentially be triggering for some people.
I liked the idea of the story: the wizarding world, navigating all of that whilst trying to be comfortable in your own skin and trying to feel safe with someone after a traumatic experience. But it was all poorly executed and Johnny seemed a little passive to me. Also, I wasn’t a fan of him choosing to go by Johnny either. I found some scenes to be childish, particularly the one sex scene. It was just . . . really?? The entire thing felt too choppy and uneven — some parts were good, the majority the complete opposite. Overall, I give it two stars. It is in major need of heavy editing and revision, but even then I’m not entirely confident it’ll be much better. I know that makes me sound like such a negative Nancy, but I’m A Gay Wizard had so much potential but it didn’t follow through.