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Land On Me: A Novel Kindle Edition
"Richly satisfying and intensely emotional, Land On Me is a story you won't soon forget. The opening hooked me and the relatable characters and twists kept me engrossed to the very end."
- Alicia Dean, Award-Winning Author.
"Land On Me is a true test of courage, friendship, family, and self-love."
- Alex Blades, Author of Confessions of a Teenage Closet Case.
"Altogether, Matthew R. Corr has written a tour de force of a debut novel. It blends a coming-of-age tale with the harsh realities of the world and the personal struggles and traumas that queer and queer-questioning teens face constantly."
- Cameron F, Bookstagrammer. (@readsandwritesbyc)
"A fascinating mix of 80's nostalgia, contemporary understanding of queerness, and timeless love makes for a thrilling-yet-familiar story that will strike a chord with both teenagers and those of us who left high school long ago."
- Christian Krenek, Playwright.
"Land On Me will take you back to those angsty teenage years when the world was just coming to life for you as your own person and you were just beginning the journey of finding your path. I laughed, I cried, and I saw the movie playing in my mind."
- Dana S, Goodreads.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08YR916FZ
- Publication date : August 26, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3879 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #297,251 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That's why it was a bit of a surprise to read Matthew is from the Northeast. So... the first gripe... The football season seems to be out of whack with how Texas runs it. And it kept bugging me when characters mentioned playing football in the spring, or a game being a month from Prom. Prom is normally held at the end of a school year, April/May for example, while football in Texas high schools play's at the other end of the school year, ending in December.
yeah... it's a little nitpick... but it seriously bugged me as it was often repeated over and over.
Gripe #2 was something I had more trouble with, and that was a sort of "forced outing" of the main character. And now that I think about it, he was outed against his will twice. It's the first "outing" I had issues with. I did not like thrusting the MC into a "gay situation" without telling him before hand. Once he was in this situation, it was clear he was uncomfortable. The second outing is given more weight and drama, I suppose because it was to non-LGBTQ+ folk. But I was really uncomfortable with the first one getting what felt like a pass because he was outed to LGBTQ+ folk.
My final gripe is the pacing at the start. The dream sequences and flashbacks are well written, but at the beginning, they break up the action in frustrating ways. Instead of being doused in the mystery that is MB, we kept getting interrupted with dreams and some flashbacks. I felt these could have been placed before the MB drama or after. They are excellent, and relevant to the MC and to our understanding of him and the people around him, so don't get rid of them, I just felt how they were paced did them and the MB drama a disservice.
Gripes aside, this was an excellent read, not too short, and full of emotion and drama and a lot more. Landon, our main character is well developed, his motivations and his journey from childhood are well written and have a wonderful progression that is fun to read (ups and downs). There is talk of suicide, drug use, and violence, but each was handled in a responsible way (although, be forewarned if these are triggers).
Caleb is a secondary character that fills as much space as Landon. His own story, different from Landon provides depth and maturity to the story, and helps to contrast Landon and his more "teenage" issues.
The setting was well done, but not as important as the characters. This isn't a story about dream dates, mansions, misty trails, or a beach boardwalk with crazy characters. What it is, is a story about finding yourself, and finding that other part of yourself in someone else. (And the bumps and potholes that lie on that journey)
Corr does a fantastic job with his characters and main and secondary ones all fill vitals roles in the plot, and fuel the growth of Landon in believable ways. My petty gripes aside, this was a great read, and I look forward to the sequel. You can tell it's a good book when you're dying for the next book in the series, and praying the author brings bring us the most Unicorns and Rainbows ending ever for Landon and his beloved.
There were moments when Landon frustrated the hell out of me and I would scream at him while reading. But it just worked so well for the story as a whole. I most definitely crushed on Caleb the whole way through and who wouldn’t. And lastly Tasha was another of my favorite characters, we all need a friend like her.
An incredible story which is so relatable for any gay teen who is trying to make sense of the queer tendencies or feelings they might be having.
Curtis Griffin, Landons father, is the superintendent at Madison High, also campaigning to be mayor. He not only has plans for himself but for his sons continuing education. Landon and his father still suffer, in their own way, a great loss of only six months.
To make his senior year complicated, Mystery Boy, appears at school. Landon finds himself mesmerized by this individual. He can’t seem to stop thinking about Mystery Boy and becomes persistent about finding out more about him. Mystery Boy seems to be a couple years older than Landon and Landons been warned by his father, to stay away from this person. Of course, the rumors start flying all over school about the stranger. The more Landon finds out, he’s eager to start a friendship with Mystery Boy, and life takes him on a roller coaster ride.
“Land on Me” is a debut novel by Matthew R. Corr and it wasn’t what I expected. It’s an easy read, with many emotional moments and brings out a coming-of-age struggle. Landon Griffin has come to the realization how his friends have changed and the changes that have come to the forefront about himself. Landon is actually a good kid, he’s still naive about many things in life and he never want’s to hurt anyones feelings.
He’s still caught between being a teenager and adulthood and it clouds his decision making, which sometimes causes more issues than solving them.
Corr brings out a many issues concerning young adults. His dream sequence that Landon has involving the church and his father, expresses so much fear. He also makes a clear point, as eighteen year olds, on the cusp of becoming adults, you can’t always live in your parents shadow or ideals. He also addresses conservative issues of parents that arise and are passed on to their children. Also, the support and understanding that teachers showed toward Landon as he expresses his issues.
I’ll admit, I haven’t read too many YA books but I do have two favorite authors that I follow. “Land On Me” is a very entertaining, coming-of-age story, that has the beginning of an interesting mystery. Matthew Corr has high potential to continue with Landon Griffin’s story. I read the sneak peak for the next upcoming story and I’m interested to see what develops with the mystery that arises.