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- Print Length: 182 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1945952768
- Publisher: NineStar Press (March 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XBPRFC7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Boy Worth Knowing Kindle Edition
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Nate isn’t crazy, but he can talk to ghosts. The good part of this is that one of those ghosts is his grandmother. The bad part is that his mother threw him out of the house because she couldn’t deal with it, and now he lives with his Aunt Susan, who chose him over her sister.
Then, as so often happens in these YA novels, a boy shows up. James Powell, to Nate’s astonishment, takes to him immediately, in spite of the fact that the other students move in to nip this friendship in the bud.
James sums it up neatly: “And because there’s someone like that in every school, there’s always someone like you. It means you’re worth knowing.”
Well, I fell in love with James immediately, as does Nate, of course. The book from this point on is Nate’s effort to keep James as his friend, even though he realizes that his feelings are deeper and more complex than that.
It’s interesting that in this typical YA/LGBT scenario Jennifer Cosgrove has chosen to pull a switch. Nate’s being gay is never the reason for his rejection. Nate’s ability to talk to ghosts is the quirk that becomes the focus of his tormentors, whether or not they understand it. The kids at school don’t know that he talks to ghosts, they just know that he was discovered talking out loud to himself in the library. Teenagers don’t need much to latch onto in order to ostracize and isolate one of their own. Nate’s mother, however, was very specific in her rejection.
The interesting thing is that James has a ghost, too; he just can’t see it. This isn’t really a “ghost story,” in that the ghosts just become characters in the book. It is not scary or momentous, but the ghosts are catalysts to the action, even in the low-key way Cosgrove has chosen to use them. I’ve never read anything like it.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I like YA books because, even at 62, I still remember high school vividly. I never tire of reading a good YA, no matter how many variations on a theme I read. Cosgrove gives us an intimate story of two boys who are friends first. Because we see things only from Nate’s perspective, we get to enjoy all of that gut-twisting anxiety and insecurity we’ve tried to obliterate from our own memories. Nate’s growing attachment to James is both joyous and painful, because he desperately needs to keep James as his one friend. Nate, like all teenagers (especially when you’re trapped in their heads) is frustrating and irrational. He won’t talk to even those people he can trust—his aunt Susan, his Nana’s ghost—because, well, everything embarrasses him and makes him anxious.
I am part of that small world of believers who thinks that gay men can fall in love young, and clearly Jennifer Cosgrove is, too. Being gay, coming out, falling in love: you don’t need much more turmoil than that, and I remember.
I guess what I want to say is that it felt very...smooth. The upsets eased themselves out quickly and life went on. Like, seriously, everything worked out.
If you want a quick read, this is a fine book, but I don't think I'll remember it.
While I was not a fan of the writing or characterization, there was still a cute/sweet story. It was a fast and easy read.
Nate, had the ability to see ghosts and talk to them. His own mother had kicked him out of the house for that and lives now with his aunt. His social life is inexistent and in school he's just crazy Nate; an isolated outcast. Add to that, Nate is gay, but to him this seems to be the least of his problems. Things change though, when a new boys comes in class, and sits right next to Nate. To his own amazement, Nate discovers that his is capable of falling in love after all. But James is out of reach because he's into to girls, and starts dating a girl that uses to make Nate's life a living hell. But, Jame's dead brother, tells Nate to give his brother a change. There's more under what people show in public. Nate has to decide: play it cool and torment himself, or spit out the truth and see how things will go?
A romantic novel with fast pacing, and an interesting twist of the protagonist talking to ghost. The mixture of gay romance with fantasy works well. All in all, a quick read to make your heart remember some of the bitter-sweetness of high-school years, and a pang of sorrow mixed with joy for your heart. To me, it was worth its money and wish to see more coming in the future by the author.