Author: John Goode
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/19/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult
A Tales from Foster High Story
After graduation, Kyle Stilleno and Brad Graymark move to California to pursue their dreams. But high school sweethearts are called that for a reason, and their love rarely stands up to the test of time. As money, school, sex, and jealousy test their relationship to the breaking point, Kyle and Brad fight to hold on to the love that brought them together.
But when a frantic phone call sends them back to Texas, they discover love and understanding might not be enough this time.
If you don’t know of my love for all things Foster High, then you haven’t been paying attention. The initial installment(s) in this series are the primary members of my “save for my kids to read” shelf. Seriously, I don’t know how you can’t love Brad & Kyle.
I didn’t get to read When I Grow Up when it was first released because of my health problems — I wanted a clear head to enjoy and appreciate this story. I have heard a few rumors about this book from friends, and the author himself, but I refrained from reading any reviews before reading the book so I could form my own opinion.
I knew I was in for an emotional ride. I had read a few clips during the writing and editing process, as the author posted them to his Tumblr page. This isn’t something I usually do, but I can’t resist Brad & Kyle.
As with all the stories in the Foster High saga, When I Grow Up is told in alternating first person narratives. We hear from all almost all the players involved at one time or another, not just Brad and Kyle. It is told with the same pop culture awareness, witty banter, and snark that we have come to love from this series. That isn’t to say this story is a light read.
Within the first two parts of the story — it is divided into four parts and epilogues — I laughed, cried, and screamed in frustration. Throughout parts three and four, I might have made some not so subtle threats against the author on Facebook. By the time I got to the very end, I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face.
At the end of 151 days, Brad & Kyle were riding off into the sunset together. When I grow up pics up as they arrive in California to live their dream. Of course, it doesn’t take long for things to go from bliss to hell… and then they get worse. They have to face life, and life isn’t all roses and sunshine. Not that either of these men has had the easiest year (see the first three books in the series), but they aren’t quite ready to adult. Luckily for these two pigheaded men, their family of choice, is ready to meddle in their lives — to support them and help them find the light from the dark places their heads end up at times.
Together these two are unstoppable, they just need a little help to remember that.
Much has been said about the ending of this book. It is not your typical romantic ending. However, it is the absolutely best ending I could think of for these two. It is about the long run, not the right now. It is about them finding their happily ever after and knowing it won’t be handed to them. It is about being whole people apart so they can be even better together.
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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