Author: John Goode
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Fadeaway: Book One
From the Tales from Foster High Universe
Looking like the perfect all-American boy—tall, handsome, and athletic—makes it easy for Danny Monroe to blend in with the in-crowd of a new high school. It’s a trick he picked up moving with his father from one Marine base to the next. When you aren’t going to be around long, it’s better to give people what they want. And what they want are his quick hands and fast feet on the basketball court.
On court, he can be himself and ignore certain strange developing urges. Everyone knows you can’t like boys and be a jock, but for Danny his growing attraction is becoming overwhelming. At the thought of losing the only thing that matters, Danny starts to panic and realizes he has a choice to make: happiness or basketball.
I have a habit of calling out John Goode when I am done with his books. Why? Because he ALWAYS leaves me wanting more. In case you were wondering, this is a very good thing. Goode creates characters I can’t help but love, and worlds to which I want to return time and again. His latest offering from Harmony Ink Press, Going the Distance, is certainly no exception.
Going the Distance is not a romance. If you want high school sweethearts that make it work for the long run, read his Tales from Foster High series. If you have already read that series, then you have already had a little bit of insight into Danny. He is the Basketball player who shows Brad around the Texas A&M Campus and is the main character in Going the Distance (and presumably the rest of the forthcoming Fadeaway series).
Going the Distance is his story… well, the start of his story. His story is by no means complete, as I know he has more to teach us. More to share with us. Distance takes us through his childhood, finding basketball, and struggling with himself and his sexuality. He is confused. He makes mistakes. He pays for those mistakes time and again. He is a kid just trying to get by. He is far from perfect. But he feels real. He struggles with things any LGBT teen could struggle with. Add the “jock” label, and he has another level of angst.
With more and more athletes coming out in college and beyond, we forget about the pain and suffering they experience up until that point. This is that story. It is an important story as much as an entertaining and enjoyable one.
It will be on the shelf for my kids to read when they are of age.
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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