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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen; Reprint edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807589160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807589168
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,967,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-On the cusp of his 18th birthday, Neil Byrne nears graduation, wants to study liberal arts instead of engineering as his father expects, and suffers through all the apprehension and agony of being a closeted gay teen. As readers accompany him on his journey of slowly coming out, they are immersed in his struggle amid homophobia and the culture of Dublin, Ireland, in the early 1990s. Neil's pub visits with his "rhyming couplets" of friends evolve into solo trips to local gay bars and clubs where he meets new friends and his eventual first boyfriend. As he draws closer to telling his friends, the tension builds; when Neil comes out to his parents, the intensity of the experience and their initial rejection is palpable. Lennon tells a mostly dark and serious story that is pre-Internet and -mobile phones, offering none of the extended, globalized support of today. Neil is jumped leaving a pub late one night, struggles through a friend's losing battle with AIDS, and is rejected by some of his family and friends. Lennon does well to lighten the story through tender and uplifting moments, and his use of song lyrics and music add to the book's sweet complexity. The near-tragic ending and realistic portrayal of what it would be like to face some of the darker forms of bigotry and rejection make this title a worthwhile addition to most libraries.-Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

The year is 1992, and 17-year-old Dubliner Neil Byrne, star rugby player and Sinead O’Connor fanatic, is finishing up Catholic high school. With his eighteenth birthday on the horizon, Neil’s looking to confide his secret—he is gay—to a carefully selected few and take steps to revealing his true self. This means clandestine trips to the one gay club in town, befriending other gay men, and crushing on T-shirt-wearing Sean and schoolmate Ian. As a foreword written by James Klise reminds readers, the novel, first published in Dublin in 1993, paints a picture of coming out in the 1990s, in a time before gay-straight alliances and “it gets better” campaigns. Over the course of the novel, Neil is beaten up because of his sexuality and watches a friend succumb to AIDS. In spite of all Neil faces, and the 20-year gap between him and today’s teens, this story feels relevant. The plot is somewhat crammed towards the end, but Lennon’s honest portrayal of coming out, available for the first time in the U.S., makes for a worthy addition to library collections. Grades 9-12. --Ann Kelley

Customer Reviews

I liked the story, but there were serious problems with continuity.
Bruce Fogel
I really enjoyed reading Tom Lennon's novel about an 18 year old Irish boy who just happens to be gay.
Nikos Vatopoulos
Lennon's true ability is to make you feel what the sensitive Neil feels in both his wins and losses.
Ronald L. Donaghe

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Donaghe on October 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
It's not that this is a love story kind of romantic novel. It's more like a wonderfully sensitive story of Neil Byrne, just graduated, just turned 18 in search of love. The kind of love he can dig his fingers into, feel, and return in full measure. Set in Dublin Ireland one witnesses the close-knit family life of Dubliners, from their happy moments to the moments that tear them apart. Neil's search for love and acceptance puts him on the outside looking in with his school mates, his siblings, his best friend, all "rhyming couplets" while Neil is different and vacilates between fitting in and going his own way into Dublin's gay night life. Here he sees both the sad and the promise of something happy for himself. He meets Shane, a beautiful man, who might be the love Neil is searching for. Something odd: author Tom Lennon chooses to become vague during the novel's crisis moments when Neil "comes out" to his friends, family, when he is gay bashed, and near the end when... well I can't relate what happens. This is the kind of book that draws you in immediately and keeps you spellbound and rooting for the main character. Lennon's true ability is to make you feel what the sensitive Neil feels in both his wins and losses. The truly romantic will love this book. The jaded and cynical will probably not. After all, it's a coming out story, set in Ireland, from the point of view of a teenager. The story is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always interesting and in many ways insightful. Ronald L. Donaghe is the author of Uncle Sean.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toby Sanders on July 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
Neil Byrne's biggest problem is how to keep both sides of his life apart. At school is a good student and the talented rugby player. He has quite a few friends, but very few long-term girlfriends. That isn't to say there is nobody at school he wants today to date. There is. In fact, Neil has even written some poems that describe how he feels. The only problem is, "Does Ian feel the same?" Being afraid of rejection, Neil decides to stay silent. Instead, he begins to go
out and become apart of Dublin's gay nightlife. He meets the usual suspects: the solicitous older man, transvestites, and queens. He also meets Shane whom he hopes will be his one true love. In the end, he trades one problem for another. The world inhabited by his created family turns out to be just as stifling and insecure as the world inhabited by those he loves at home. In the end, he discovers that true love is literally just around the corner. This is a sad and funny book that traces a young man's search for love despite the obstacles created by his family and the bar culture of which he is a part.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on March 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the twentieth-anniversary edition of WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN, first published in Ireland in 1993. It's dated in some ways, particularly in protagonist Neil Byrne's love of Sinead O'Connor. But it's a book and a story that still has a lot to offer.

Neil knows that he's gay. He's afraid of what that means for his future, but he's starting to explore what it means for himself. He tells his best friend, he tells his sister, and he starts to secretly visit a local gay bar. His actions lead to encounters with a variety of people, from drag queens to an older admirer to gay bashers.

The appeal of WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN is not limited to gay teens or those interested in the history of gay literature. Neil's ill-fated romance with a self-absorbed jerk reminds me of several friend's early college relationships. There's always that guy, looking for someone not experienced enough to recognize his tricks, and Neil is not the first person fictional or real to fall for his charm. People are less afraid of AIDS and medicine has improved, but it's certainly a concern for anyone whose sexually active. And even if more of the world is accepting, coming out still isn't easy or always safe. Reading WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN, it's easy to see how far we've come and notice how far we've yet to go.

This is a very dramatic novel and I was often afraid it was going to end up horribly depressing, but I feel that it ended with a note of hope. Neil not only comes to terms with himself, but also manages to make most of his friends and family come to terms with his identity. He's the poetic, introspective type and kind of pessimistic, despite his sporty credentials, but that doesn't make him a delicate flower. He grows into himself quite well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "blissengine" on May 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
Neil, a young lad in Ireland, struggles to live truthfully as a gay youth while pretending with his parents and friends that he's just one of the guys. He slowly becomes involved in Dublin's gay community, and meets another guy who's a few years older, but before anything can happen, Neil is attacked by gay-bashers. After recovering, Neil finds that dating is difficult, especially when he's hiding so much, and the relationship sours. Neil comes out to his parents and friends, and finds some support, but everything changes, some for the worse and some for the better. This amazing coming out story does end with hope and a possibility for a connection to combat the loneliness of living as a gay man in a small town. Like Stuart Thorogood's "Outcast" and K. M. Soehnlein's "The World of Normal Boys", Lennon's book is a potent, poignant tale of what it's like being young and gay.
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