Asher’s Out by Elizabeth Wheeler ~ Book Review by Queue

Ashers-OutTitle: Asher’s Out

Author: Elizabeth Wheeler

Publisher: Bold Strokes Publishing

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Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/20/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Blurb:

For his sixteenth birthday, Asher Price gets a date and a death threat. No one believes he’s in danger, but when Asher’s relationship with Garrett is revealed in his small Florida town, he’s certain he will be destroyed. Still haunted by guilt over his brother’s death and his mom’s breakdown, Asher can’t tell the truth. Instead, his best friend’s practical advice to deny everything wins out.

When Asher’s mom announces they’re moving to Chicago, it seems like the perfect out, but how can he leave the only place that holds memories of his dead brother? Asher must choose between staying in a town where people know too much or escaping to a city where no one knows or cares, but either way, he can’t hide from himself.

In the final book of this award-winning series, Asher exposes his greatest fears and finally develops a clear picture of his true self.

Third Book in the Asher Trilogy

My View:

Asher’s Out is the third and final story in the Asher trilogy. I loved the first two books and wish I could say I enjoyed this book as much.
You can read my review of the first two books here: http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/04/ashers-fault-ashers-shot-by-elizabeth-wheeler-book-review-by-queue/
At the end of the second book, Asher had pretty much accepted he was gay and was ready to pursue something with Garrett, provided they take it slow. However, in this book it felt like Asher had taken several steps back.
I wanted to see Asher and Garrett together but that’s not what happened. Instead, we deal with Asher being scared of a former friend retaliating for Asher’s actions in the second book. That retaliation takes place when Iggy graffitties Garrett and Asher’s names on the side of a wall.
Asher freaks out that being outed will upset his parents, so when his mom announces they’re moving, he is more than ready to go. He doesn’t care that he’d be running from his problems. Typical teenager, for sure.
I didn’t love the story, because I would’ve like to see more of Asher and Garrett together, rather than Asher suddenly worrying if being gay is a sin in God’s eyes. Yeah, he’s gone to church for years, but in the previous books it never seemed like he was that into the word of God. Felt somewhat forced to me.
This isn’t your typical YA story and to me that was both good and bad. The books ends with an HEA, but it’s not Happily Ever After, more like Honestly Ever After. It ends realistically, meaning it’s not a fairy tale ending.
I’d recommend this book to readers who have already read the first two books, but I’d say you shouldn’t start with this book. It’s easier to love Asher if you’ve seen what he’s already gone through.
3.25 stars

Links

Asher’s Out on Goodreads
Bold Strokes Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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