Author: Chris O’Guinn
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
At fifteen, Justin is already a cynic. He’s experienced too many betrayals, too many disappointments. He doesn’t want to be involved in anything. He doesn’t want to be popular. He doesn’t even want friends anymore, since they only ever let you down. He just wants to get through high school and the best way he can come up with to accomplish that goal is to simply be invisible.
His self-imposed exile from high school life is threatened when Liam, the scary stoner, reaches out to him. What starts out as a strange and unsettling encounter with the unnerving, pot-smoking teenager evolves into the sort of friendship that changes the course of a person’s life.
But as Liam drags the reluctant Justin out of his shell, Liam’s own secret is revealed.
Fearless is the story of the myriad shades of love, how to find one’s courage and the transformative power of friendship.
Just when I think I am mired in a reading rut, a gem comes along and smashes that rut to pieces. Chris O’Guinn, I think you broke me.
The last book that had me blubbering this much was certainly < a href=”http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2014/11/vanished-by-carter-quinn-book-review-by-brandilyn/”>Vanished by Carter Quinn.
Fearless isn’t a love story. Yes, there is a bit of romance, but let’s face it; the Justin is 15. He isn’t going to find everlasting love. What he does find is friendship and respect. He finds a strength he doesn’t know he possesses and embraces the fearlessness he hid from everyone, even himself. He finds good people with whom to share his youth.
Justin is the every kid. Just trying to get through high school as the invisible kid. Befriending the loner and going out for the swim team, however, casts him into the light. Being the gay kid, however, opens him up for ridicule from schoolmates and family. This story is about the strength he finds to face down his foes and be himself.
The best word I have to describe it is inspirational. Fearless is a story that will certainly be on my kids’ reading list when they are of age.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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