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- Print Length: 105 pages
- Publication Date: December 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N7KJ7MB
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It has been many years since I was in my teens and slowly coming to terms with my gayness - without any help from a great book like the MAPS series. Reading the MAPS Omnibus in the 1960s would have made my life (and my feelings about myself) much, much more pleasant and fun.
As it is, MAPS allows me to ethically revisit my teen years and all of the mistakes I made - a few of which Maps (the nickname for the main character Mattie) also makes - only 2 generations later. I totally am crazy about Maps, his best [straight but not narrow] friend Benji, Lane (Maps' first and only gay romantic interest), Lane's baby sister Stacie (who, in her own weird way, helps bring Maps and Lane together), Maps' flamboyant friend Perry from work (who first appears in this 2nd volume) and even both Maps' and Lane's parents - especially Maps' dad who is so very much unlike the stereotypical "Dad" in the usual run-of-the-mill gay YA coming out stories.
I've now read this complete series 5 or 6 times and I get something new and enjoyable out of it each time I read it. The dialog is perfect for teens in the ca. 2015-2020 time frame; the book is hilarious in parts (maybe not quite the ROFL kind of hilarious as "The Epic Love Story of of Doug and Stephen" by the late Valerie Lewis but almost - e.g., the "You Leave Me, I Leaf You!" scene between Maps and Benji in this final part of the book); plus the ALMOST complete lack of angst as the relationship between Maps and Lane grows - and grows on the reader.
While there are some great "making out" scenes, there is little mention of sex between the two main characters thereby making this a perfect book for younger and [perhaps] "questioning" teens and pre-teens (say ages 11 to 18). But, unlike most books in that genre, this is one that reminiscing adults - like myself - can really get a kick out of as well. The book, the characters, the scene-making and the dialog are just so perfect that this story could really be made into a truly great movie. I hope to see that happen!
I was going to talk about my favorite scene; dinner with Lane's parents, but then the baseball game happened, and the driving lesson happened, and then David Suzuki, and Tree #4, and prom ... and I could no longer pick just one.
I know this is supposed to be the last book in the series (read the other two first, you'll love this book even more) but I truly hope we get to revisit Maps and Lane, and Benji and Perry, and Princess Madame Sprinkle (aka Satan's spawn) a few years from now, you know, maybe just to check in and see what new experiments Maps has come up with.
Read this entire series, and then check out her other books asap. She is an author whose works feel like small perfect found treasure, to be greedily hoarded, and pored over again and again.
Maps is not a normal kid. He’s a genius, and he’s a bit self-delusional in that adolescent way in which some teens see the world only through their own eyes, unable to make the leap into someone else’s mind. Maps is rather marvelously innocent this way. He is immune to sexual innuendo, and constantly bemused by the goings-on of his best friend Benji (who is more or less straight) and his other good friend Perry (who is very gay and sparkly). Even Maps’s big jocky lug of a boyfriend, Lane Rhodes, who adores Maps and openly woos him in the most romantic ways, is puzzled by Maps’s naivete. Maps is so caught up in the constant whirl of his own thoughts, that he is cushioned from the reality of the world around him.
Until, of course, he realizes that he can’t just ignore college and expect his life, and his friends, to go on as if nothing is going to change. This is a poignant and sweetly heartbreaking moment in Maps’s life. This madly self-confident little man is suddenly forced to deal with uncertainty and the terror of an unknown future.
Nothing horrible happens. Maps is surrounded by (sometimes exasperated) love, from parents and friends alike. His trauma is real, but all that love ultimately finds a way to help him envision a future in which he can be himself, and possibly be more.
Filled with sly comedy and quirky characters “Lane’s” will stir of memories of your own teenage years. It may be the final book in the series, but it is a small jewel in the world of YA writing.
Maps is one of the oddest characters I've ever read, and I loved him for all his quirks, although I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to know him in real life. Lane is so sweet and caring, everyone should have a Lane in their life. Together they are wonderful.
The usual Summers problems exist here, and there were a few scenes I would have liked to read instead of having them introduced, and then dropped, but overall it was still a good read.
I will re-read this series when I need something that makes me smile.