Author: Sherrie Henry
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Kyle Jackowski, typical sullen emo teen, struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law… again. But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center like he expected, he is given a chance to commute his sentence by working on a farm for the summer.
Enter Sam, son of the farm owners, who shows Kyle what he feels is perfectly normal and that he doesn’t have to hide from his feelings. In turn, Sam’s parents show Kyle that his abusive stepfather and battered mother are not the norm. With their love and support, Kyle finds his place in the world—by Sam’s side.
There were times in The Last of the Summer Tomatoes by Sherrie Henry, that I thought I might die of the sweetness. With the exception of Hank and his mom, everyone that troubled Manhattan youth Kyle encounters is just plain nice. Almost too nice. My jaded self just doesn’t think there are people in the world like that. Then I remember that I am jaded and that there really ARE people in this world that are just good people all the way to their core.
That is the type of family Sam has grown up in. When Kyle is sent to live and work with them for the summer, Kyle knows love and caring for the first time since the death of his father so many years before. He is skittish. He is constantly on guard for the next punch or the next insult. Over the course of the summer, Kyle is finally allowed to let his guard down and open his heart to his first love, Sam. Soon different schools and hundreds of miles are between Kyle and Sam. We see that Kyle while having made tremendous strides, still harbors his feelings of inadequacy.
The Last of the Summer Tomatoes is a sweet and poignant coming of age tale. It is a story of overcoming the demons of the past to make a future for yourself. It is a story of finding the other half of one’s heart and doing what is best for that person. It is a story of new beginnings.
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