Title: Waiting For You
Author: K.C. Wells
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Mike Davenport was seventeen when he ran away from his home in London. He took the first coach available and ended up on the streets of Manchester as a rent boy. Maybe once he could have gone home, but after losing his best friend, Simon Marchwell, when he professed his love and suffering an assault at the hands of the first man he “dated,” Mike doubts returning to his parents will end any happier than the rest.
Christmas is nearly here, and Mike is freezing his arse off near the bus station, when a battered Ford Fiesta crawls past, not once, but three times. Mike thinks his luck is in, but when the window rolls down and he comes face to face with Simon, Mike’s world changes again.
This little book of 48 pages packs a huge punch. It is the story of 2 friends and a misunderstanding that changed their lives. A misunderstanding that takes years to clear up, will take even more time to get over and affected a family, leaving them heartbroken and without answers.
Best friends Mike and Simon tell each other everything. When Mike confides in Simon that he is gay it doesn’t go down quite the way he imagined and he is left reeling. If one person he loves reacts like that then why not everyone else? Mike keeps his sexuality away from his family through fear of their reaction. With a fake ID and his friend alcohol for confidence he decides to explore being a gay man first hand by hitting a gay bar and finding a man. This ends badly. With fear and guilt consuming him he runs away. He is a child, living out on the streets, with no protection and no love….heartbreaking but for so many a reality.
This story is packed with raw emotion and left me tearful. At seventeen your world is just beginning but when fraught with fear, anxiety and confusion it is very easy to assume how people will react or judge you. Mike is left floundering and this leads and lands him on a downward spiral that will leave him doing things he never imagined for the next few years.
When a battered old car passes him on a cold street in Manchester he hopes his luck might be in. When the window rolls down and he finds his old best friend staring back at him his luck changes but for very different reasons.
What follows is a night of revelations, tears, laughter and a big dose of hope. The fear, doubt and sheer feeling of hopelessness that Mike has built up into a monster in his head may not be quite as scary as he thinks.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press 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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