I have a LOT of review requests come across my desk. The vast majority are immediately passed on to my very capable team, but every once in a while there is one that I just can’t pass up. The Race For Second by freshman author Chase Potter, grabbed me from the instant I read the summary.
Author: Chase Potter
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
For college sophomore Ethan West, the upcoming fall semester will be the start of a year abroad in Germany he’s always dreamed of. Having broken up with his boyfriend the day before his flight, he’s ready to face Europe with no attachments…and no desire for any.
But as Ethan gets to know Daniel—one of his three German roommates—his resolve starts to soften. Though Daniel is initially standoffish, unpleasant, and sometimes downright hostile, the two are undeniably drawn to one another. Even Ethan’s conviction that Daniel is actually straight begins to erode as they grow closer, gradually revealing a buried part of Daniel’s past that will threaten to tear them apart. Not to be outdone, the town of Freiburg guards its own secret, a thread of forgotten history unraveling into something far greater than Ethan is prepared for.
The Race for Second is a coming of age story that delves into the depths of the young heart and its search for intimacy and acceptance. Charmingly woven into the German university town of Freiburg, Ethan’s story is one of finding the courage to pursue what we truly desire, even at the risk of losing everything.
There are two requirements I have in order to give a book five stars. First, it has to evoke strong emotions, whether good or bad, I have to feel it. Secondly, it has to leave me with a book hangover. You know what I am talking about, right? When you finish a book and say “Wow! Now, what do I do with myself?” Yep, that is what I am talking about right there. I know you have felt it a time or to. If you have not you are not reading the right books (pick up The Race for Second, you will be book hungover in no time). So what about the book in question? In short, I loved it. I couldn’t put it down.
Ethan burrowed right into my heart. You start out thinking he may be a bit of a prick, but then you realize that he is just trying to find his way in the world like everyone else. His path takes him across the ocean to Germany and into the line of his new roommate’s ire. Daniel has some ghosts in his past, but his aloof nature puzzles Ethan and their other roommates alike. Until everything changes.
The Race for Second, the debut novel for Minnesota based Chase Potter, takes a look at one college students struggles to find himself while living 1/2 a world away and speaking a language that is not his own. You see his struggles with that language, with finding friends, with his sexuality. You see his heart break as he pines for the one he can not have. You see his heart mend a bit as he forges a new path only to have it ripped out again. You see him sink into despair and pull himself back up. You see him resolve to move on. All this time you are feeling each and every moment with Ethan. You are elated with him, and you hurt with him. You smile with him, and you cry with him, a lot.
I am eager to see where Mr. Potter’s career takes him. I will gladly read his next offering.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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