Title: Play Me, I’m Yours
Author: Madison Parker
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Fairy Tate. Twinklefingers. Lucy Lu. Will the taunting ever end? Lucas Tate suffers ridicule because of his appearance and sensitive nature. When he’s not teased, he’s ignored, and now he doesn’t know which is worse. His one comfort in life is his music; he feels unloved by everyone. What he wants more than anything is to find a friend.
Much to his dismay, both his mom and a schoolmate are determined to find him a boyfriend, despite the fact Lucas hasn’t come out to them. His mom chooses a football player who redefines the term “heartthrob,” while Trish pushes him toward the only openly gay boy at Providence High. But Lucas is harboring a crush on another boy, one who writes such romantic poetry to his girlfriend that hearing it melts Lucas into a puddle of goo. All three prospects seem so far out of his league. Lucas is sure he doesn’t stand a chance with any of them—until sharing his gift for music brings him the courage to let people into his heart.
I am about to use a phrase I despise, but it is the one that comes to mind with this book. Play Me, I’m Yours by Madison Parker hits you directly in the feels. She had tears prickling my eyes in the second chapter and then didn’t let up. I just wanted to gather Lucas in my arms and tell him everything would be okay. I also wanted to smack his mother upside her clueless head and his brother in his caustic little mouth. Don’t even get me started on Donovan and most everyone else at Lucas’ school.
This book is not a sweet an innocent romance. It is a tough look at the effects bullying can have on a teenager’s psyche. That bullying is not always from outside the home. Luckily for Lucas, his family was mostly supportive, just clueless. He gained some good friends that helped him see his worth along the way, but I know he is not done with his struggles. Zach was almost too good to be true, and I think Lucas shares that sentiment through most of the story. I would love to see what happens in a year or two with this pair.
Now let’s talk about Donavan for a minute. I rarely call for a sequel to a book for a secondary character, but I know there has to be something in his life that makes him the complete asshole that he is. I would love to see what motivates him to be so mean. I will not say that Parker owes it to the readers, because she has already surpassed that by offering us the beautiful story that is Play Me, but maybe, just maybe, she owes it to Donovan, so everyone does not think he is a completely lost cause.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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