- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (September 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632164477
- ISBN-13: 978-1632164476
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,822,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harmony Ink Press's goal is to display believable and relatable LGBT characters that experience personal growth during the course of their stories, and I believe the pieces in this anthology did that quite well.
"Midnight in the Maze" by J. Leigh Bailey was one of my personal favorites, a story about a boy who gets kissed by someone in a Halloween maze at night and has no idea who made him this weak in the knees. Not only is the protagonist's voice relatable for any teen (or those remembering back to their teen years), the supporting characters all make their mark with unique voices and personalities.
"Dressed to Swim" was another one of my favorites, about a boy who has no friends attending a pool party and discovering a whole new level of comfort when he tries on a different swimsuit.
When reading these stories, I felt like the characters came from honest places, and by the end, I felt like I had gotten to know them and understand their experiences, even if I hadn't lived through the same ones. Being able to assemble all these stories from different perspectives that all work together to leave the reader with a greater understanding of what different "firsts" mean to various teenagers is what makes this anthology an excellent read.
This is the second book Nick Hasse has published. Once again he has used words to not only tell a story but also paint us a picture of Billy and Toby as they experience their first love. One of the things I love about Nicks writing is he can bring your senses into play with his words. You will see, feel, smell and maybe even taste this story as it unfolds.
Nick has done this so well that after you read this story if you have already experienced your first love your mind and heart will revisit that time. If you have not had this nerve racking, heart pounding, glorious event yet happen, you will be looking forward to it even more.
Some times when you buy an anthology you buy it because of one author. (I bought this one because Nick Hasse had a story in it.) So you get one good story and a collection of so-so or not so good stories. That is not the case with this anthology. There are many good stories for you to enjoy. So….
A big Thank You for Harmony Ink / Dreamspinner Press for putting together a wonderful anthology!