Author: Jayson James
Adriana’s Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Brittany’s Rating: 2 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Tim is being bullied. No one in high school wants to be known as a tattle-tale and to do so would only make things rougher for him. The repercussions would most likely make him an outcast, and without any friends. Eric is frustrated with life. His parents are overbearing and if they ever knew the person he really was, they would throw him out of their house. His friends are not much better, they only like him when he is who they expect him to be. Delsin is gay and ready to come out. Unfortunately, life at home is on the brink of falling apart with his parents constant fighting. Admitting the truth could bring his whole world crashing down around him. Each of these three needs to decide whether the risks of being honest about who they are outweighs the importance of being true to themselves. This could mean ruining life as each of them knows it. Maybe it is better to remain miserable in order to play it safe. On the other hand, doing nothing doesn’t seem to working either.
This is the story of three friends Ted, Delsin and Eric. Eric a bully to end all bullies. Ted is a horribly misunderstood boy and Delsin the quiet, closeted, loyal friend. This is the story of these boys growing up together, splintering apart and trying to find their way back to each other.
I enjoyed this story in respect to the relationship the author builds around the three boys. I think this author had very good intentions when he wrote this book. However, I also feel that he did not meet his goals. Unfortunately, it was soured by the somewhat shoddy editing and the story had no direction at times, as well. My biggest problem with this book is it was three different stories, three different boys each with their own story. Around the middle of the book, the author tries to marry the three stories together to give the reader closure at the end. Closure was not obtained by this reader. There are lines in the story that are drawn and then just crossed and stomped over later on. There are relationships forged out of nowhere. Overall the story left the reader with too many unanswered questions. As I mentioned before, I did really like how the boys grow up together the best of friends then splinter apart and come back together to work on finding each other again, even though in a rather unorthodox way.
While I appreciate the premise of young characters going through extremely difficult trials at an already awkward time in their lives, this was a very hard book to get through. I wish I could say that was due to a strongly invoked emotional response, but unfortunately, it was due to glaring grammatical, and editorial errors that were impossible to gloss over.
As T.E.D tells the story of three characters from three points of view, the chapters were broken up into sections. Whilst not unusual when dealing with multiple characters, it was very hard to follow in this book: Tim’s narrative was done in first person, with dates and times in a journal entry, while Delsin and Eric’s sections were done from a different aspect, in third person narrative in real time. I found myself wishing that Tim’s sections were shorter.
The book would have been enjoyable had simple changes been made. The proper use of their/they’re/there was not employed, and neither were consistent font choices. Tim’s section was written in an italicized font, though at times, the italics disappeared to be picked up later on. Delsin and Eric’s sections randomly wander from third person to first person then back again. The characters were clearly struggling however, this fact was focused on to the point of glamorizing their issues.
I would like to thank Jayson James for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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