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Graham is the new kid in town, who's different appearance and confident attitude attract the homophobes. Connor is the golden boy, and straight guy who's pushed by an overprotective father to be a college-bound baseball player. Connor, though isn't happy, and is a little confused when he first meets Graham.
This is an angtsy, realistic story. Connor realizes that maybe the reason he's having problems at home, and with his feelings involving his girlfriend are due to his failure to acknowledge who he really is.
Is his attraction to Graham, who wears guyliner, real? Or is it just a confusing mancrush that means nothing?
I won't give you the answers, so you have to find out for yourself.
I highly recommend this story, and hope you like it too.
We all have a Connor or a Graham in our life, and this tale makes me think of that Connor/Graham who's encountered the same issues
"The Golden Boy" Connor's awakening starts when he first lays eyes on Graham. Connor has is own baggage. First born in a financially struggling family of seven.
Connor joins Graham's family for a trip to Chicago. An intimate moment between the two is exposed on a blog read by the students of their school. Let the drama begin.
The ending felt a bit John Hughes-ish. I'm ok with that. I still felt like I was missing something after the last word was read. It was still a good read and I wanted to get to the end to see if there was an HEA or HFN.
3.5 for little sisters and stuffed animals. They can fix any ailment.
Graham Parker is the new guy. His family moved to town from Saint Louis mid-term. He’s the unbeatable soccer goalie for the school’s team, but what Connor notices first about him is that he wears eyeliner. What kind of a jock wears eyeliner?
What makes this book enjoyable and strong as a narrative is that Leigh puts us inside Connor’s head. We see beyond the Golden Boy to the honorable, dutiful young man who feels trapped by the world’s expectations. We see all the tension between a teenager and his parents, with all the unintentional miscommunication and unintended hurt that it causes. We see a young man in denial about who he really is, and his fear that his attraction to Graham Parker will derail his plan and ruin his life.
Bailey also puts us into Graham’s head, but somewhat less. Much of what we learn about Graham is through Connor. On the surface, Graham is a different kind of Golden Boy – rich family, self-confident, no worries about the future. But the real Graham is still reeling from something profoundly damaging that is the reason his family moved to Green Valley.
No matter how old one gets, one never loses sight of what it was to be a teenager. Bailey presents her readers with a believable view of all that trauma, yet manages to surprise us along the way as she tackles each of Connor and Graham’s fears without denying the real pain they suffer. The book has a great supporting cast, including both boys’ parents, and Bailey’s writing is consistent and strong, capturing the teenage voice in just the right way. Ultimately this is not a book about having the courage to find a boyfriend; it’s about realizing that being yourself is more important than being perfect.
Guyliner has it all -- a great story, told well with three dimensional characters and settings. And the writing and pacing, the glue that keeps it moving, is fantastic.
Short version: A great read beginning to end. ENJOY!
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This is a very sweet coming of age/young adult book.Read more