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Without Sin Paperback – April 15, 2009
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Jacob and Avery are respective sophomore and senior high school students at an all-boys Catholic boarding school. Both are gay, and they immediately find themselves attracted to one another when they meet for the first time at an all-school mass.
Jacob is the younger of the two, and at age 16 he's very much aware of his attraction to boys, yet his experience is limited. He has struggled in school due to his hot-temper and defensiveness. He's been picked on and ridiculed by his peers, and he fights back with his fists. Nobody has bothered to try finding out the reason for his violent outbursts, though. Instead his parents simply opt to send their son to a strictly-operated Catholic boarding school, hoping this will cure his rebellious nature.
Avery is a model student. He has also suffered the ridicule and bullying by his judgmental classmates, but his coping mechanism has been to ignore the insults and devote all of his energy upon his academics. He is 17, and he's had two previous boyfriends, both of whom have broken his sensitive heart. Jacob is his first love interest who is younger than he, and he easily slips into the role of mentor as he guides the impressionable, love-starved sophomore into a budding romantic relationship.
The manner in which the author leads the reader into the minds of these two intriguing yet innocent teens, is remarkable. Their fears, doubts, passions, desires, and cravings are all exposed. It is a stark reminder of the simplisticly primal urgency of male hormones that tend to motivate and control the mind of a sixteen year old boy. It is also an emotional rollercoaster as you experience the growth of their pure and romantic infatuation with one another.
One of the most compelling and memorable scenes within the story is the tender moment after the young couple first make love when Jacob feels emotional and cries in his lover's arms. He feels saddened by his loss of innocence, for this was his very first time, yet he also has no regrets. His partner Avery holds him and they cuddle together romantically. It is described in a manner that is so tender and believable that it creates a vivid reality for the reader which will undoubtedly remain long after they finish this magnificent read.
Without Sin is beautiful. It is innocent, fresh, and pure. It is an honest and uplifting story about first-love. Gay love. Teen love. Love. It is perhaps one of the most romantic and touching stories I have ever read, worthy of far more than five-stars.
Jacob gets kicked out of his former school because of his temper. Sent away to a private school he meets Avery, a high school senior ready to gradaute. The boys fall in love and we see all that is going on between the two.
The characters are very real and also very vulnerable. She has described them so well that I could actually see them in my minds eye.
I love the bad boy/good boy sort of gay genre and this fits right in. I hope this author writes another book such as this because I would buy it in a heartbeat.. 5 stars are not enough for this book. I give it at least a 50 star rating.
Avery instead is apparently a saint; but the truth is that he has mastered the skill to not listen to who he is around him. Avery has still one year left in boarding school and then he will be out at college. He made the mistake to have a thing with his roommate, someone who was not at all discreet and who left at the end of the previous year, leaving Avery to live with the consequences of his big mouth. Avery is only waiting for this year to pass, he is not for sure searching for another story inside the boarding school. But then he sees Jacob, and it's love at first sight. Even if Avery is older than an year and with more experience (he had sex 3 times...), he always falls in love: two times before he had a boyfriend, and two times he was in love and he was the first to say the L word. He swore to not do the same error again and then here he is, falling for the new guy since day one.
Jacob is for sure temperamental, but he is also very insecure; it's not that he hasn't a supportive family, they are not happy for him to be gay, but they are not even fiercely against the idea. When his father found out, when he was 14 years old, he beat him, and his mother cried, but then, they reached an unspoken agreement, a family don't ask, don't tell. I believe that most of the rage Jacob feels inside, is only a way for repressed feelings to come out, he has no one to speak to, and the only way he can "communicate" is through his fist. Jacob attacks the boys who call him names only since he still isn't at comfort with whom he is and with who he likes. And when he meets Avery, his balance, Jacob will manage to dissipate a bit of that repressed feelings.
On the other hand, Avery faces better the same situation, since he, first has the support of his mother, and second his a bit older than Jacob, and at that age one year is very important. Avery suffers from the jokes against him not since he is insecure, but since he is lonely; and when he meets Jacob, a soul mate and not before long, also a boyfriend, he fill that loneliness and he is content, he has enough to go through the last year in boarding school. Oh, he loves Jacob, no doubt, the boy is not only a convenience, but Avery knows that they are only teenagers, and what they feel now is only heightened by the feeling to be two alone against the world. When they will be out, when they will have the chance to meet someone else, what will happen then? But I have faith in Avery and Jacob and in their love, their story is so tender and sweet, that I can really believe that they will be happy together ever after.
Without Sin is a really romantic story, very suitable for young gay adult in love, but with that bit of romance with a much more adult feeling in it that can satisfy also an older reader. And then me, an older reader, I have always had a certain thing for young boys in uniform...