Author: Gene Gant
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/23/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Is the possibility of fulfilling your heart’s desire worth the risk of breaking it?
Fourteen-year-old Linus Lightman is understandably reluctant to trust his newest foster family, the Nelsons, after he’s bounced through the system since being being taken from his neglectful mother. He’s certain they will reject him when they find out he’s gay, and getting to know them will only lead to hurt later. Trying to cope, he builds a friendship with Kevin Mapleton, and it quickly grows into romance, despite Linus’s fears. Then a video of Linus and Kevin having sex is posted online, and Linus knows from past experience exactly what’s going to happen. This sort of scandal will cost him his new home and Kevin’s love, snatching away his fragile hopes of belonging.
Warning: This review contains spoilers
The cover for this book really drew me in. There isn’t a lot of racial diversity in m/m even more so in young adult so I was excited to see a young African American main character. I really wanted to love this book but I didn’t. However, I didn’t hate it either.
Linus Lightman is a kid who has been through a lot. After being abused by his mother’s boyfriend at a very young age he moves from foster home to foster home, experiencing sexual and verbal abuse along the way. At the start of the story he is fourteen and living with the Nelson’s, who are the first foster family to seem to actually like him. He’s still afraid of being rejected, mostly because of his homosexuality.
I liked Linus, but I didn’t fall in love with him. I felt bad for him at what he goes through, but I never felt deeply connected to him. The author isn’t a bad one, but the POV just didn’t go deep enough for me.
Linus’s relationship with Kevin, with whom he falls in love, also didn’t really connect with me either. I wasn’t sure if I liked Kevin or not because I wasn’t sure if he was being honest with Linus or not. That may have been intentional on the author’s part, but by the time the truth was revealed I just wasn’t convinced this was real, true love between them.
What really struck as odd and pulled me out of the story was the end. Lucky had been victimized three times at that point. THREE times! If that had happened to me I would be messed up for years. But Linus basically says he’s fine. Yeah, there’s a mention of counseling and accepting things, but, again, it just didn’t ring true to me.
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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