- File Size: 1176 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (September 4, 2018)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07D8DPPDV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love that this is part of the new generation of coming out tales where characters finally come out to friends and family members only to be met with acceptance and good humor--this is the generation that has been watching WILL & GRACE reruns for decades and most straight people have a gay person in their family or among their extended friends. Of course, having accepting friends doesn't mean there's no drama...there's still plenty of compelling and heart-tugging drama.
I highly recommend this gem to everyone and hope that there's a sequel on the qay (as hinted at in the final chapter).
The book is told only from the POV of the football player Dylan. Dylan is an extremely sweet character who is dealing as best a teenager can for being gay. The angst is understanding.
The beginning when Dylan meets his tutor Tommy, Dylan quickly develops a crush on the young man.
The titles are well named: "How I Finally figured out what was in my Brain" and "How I talk without Thinking".
Tommy's angst rattles back and forth so many times to the point I found myself skimming through this rather short novel.
Certain chapters did hold my interest but when the climatic moment of the "break-up" occurred....well, all I can say is it came off as ridiculously false and poorly executed.
The HEA does occur. However, as to the method Tommy chose to break up with Dylan just did not ring true.
If you are interested in this book, I would wait until the price of $5.99 is reduced greatly.
Then Tommy, the boy on the left on the cover, was everything a mystery character should be--we knew absolutely nothing about him and how he feels until very near the end, and yet it doesn't impact the plotline or the development of the other characters. That author Petrie has coupled Dylan with a straight, level-headed best friend and teammate Riley brings a necessary balance to how Dylan must pursue what, and whom, he wants.
The homophobic aspects of the book, as exemplified by Russel, the baseball player on the cover, are well played and the resolution to this serious issue is handled with the right amount of intolerance and dignity. This is a major accomplishment for a first-time novelist who obviously has thought this issue through.
There is no sex in this book, and that is not a spoiler because other reviewers have pointed it out. But that is wholly appropriate especially in light of the Epilogue, which is a levelling factor and reality check. This is a funny, fast-moving, and sometimes painful book that puts this author on a path that I want to follow.
(~~ Things may get a little spoiler-y from here on out, so consider yourself warned ~~)
...No abusive family! No homophobic relatives! When Dylan comes out, his friends and teammates support him! Welcome to 2018, everyone! We can finally have fun, sweet stories about gay kids -- stories that aren't all about them being hated on and punished for being who they are!
Oh, wait. Apparently we can't.
Instead what we get -- at least what *I* got out of this -- was the message: You're going to get bashed, gay kid. It doesn't matter that your family accepts you. It doesn't matter that your friends accept you. It doesn't matter that your coach and your entire team accept you. Never let your guard down, because someday, sometime, when you're least expecting it -- like, say, when you're in a safe place and wearing headphones -- you'll be jumped and savagely beaten by a gang of your homophobic peers, and if you're lucky a random adult will walk by and interrupt it so that you wake up in the hospital instead of never waking up at all. Oh, and have a good life!
What more can I say after that. I did stick with the book a bit longer, until it took another trope-y turn, one that rang false and felt like faux drama -- and that was it for me. What a shame the author chose a tired old plot device for his first novel. He's talented and I'd be open to reading him again, but I'll be very leery that he'll just keep rehashing ugly old tropes. It sure would be nice to move on from the obligatory bash-the-gay-kid schtick and move on to something more upbeat and hopeful.
I stopped reading @ about 75%, seriously bummed out. I'm giving this 3 stars only because it's a debut novel and I don't want to stomp on the author's firstborn.