A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn ~ Book Review by Caroline

26835819Title: A Hundred Thousand Words

Author: Nyrae Dawn

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/27/2015

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: M/M Romance, Young Adult

Blurb:

Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend’s jerky older brother Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.

Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn’t the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.

Apparently Toby isn’t the only one who’s changed. Levi’s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh and Levi’s realized he’s bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting…

Heading back to college, Toby doesn’t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy. He’s complicated, unsure…he’s real. But if Toby can’t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he’ll lose his chance at Levi for good.

A gay, new adult, interracial romance.

My View:

Nyrae Dawn is a new to me author, well under this name, and YA is not normally something I read. The reason for this is more often than not the characters I have read have not seemed like real teens or young adults, certainly not like the ones I am currently raising! If I’m going to read about young adults I want to experience their story in a real way and this is very much the case in A Hundred Thousand Words. The story feels just that – real. It feels honest, the challenges that Toby and Levi faced felt relevant and not overly dramatic but scenarios that most young people face as they grow up.

The story takes place in a small town and Toby is ever mindful of this. The fact that his mother just upped and left makes him stand out. The fact that his father has become sad and a recluse makes him stick out. The fact that he is the only gay kid, that’s out at least, makes him stick out. The fact that he is the only black kid makes him stick out. Toby has spent his life growing up and feeling like he stands out amongst his peers. It wasn’t great nor was it entirely shitty but he was aware of it constantly. His one rock in all of this and the person that keeps him grounded is his best friend Chris and this relationship is just as important in this story as any other that Toby might go on to have.

The chances of Toby having a boyfriend in his home town are zero but that doesn’t stop him having crushes. His biggest one to date and the one that has lasted for years is too close to home for comfort. Levi is Chris’s older brother and has been the bane of his life for many years. He is the perfect son in the eyes of his parents, the son that is following in his father’s footsteps, the athletic good looking one who gets all the girls – even the ones that Chris wants, he always has the right answers and can seemingly do no wrong. Chris hates him and therefore expects Toby to hate him too.

College and even more so getting away from a small town changes both these boys both for the better and worse. Levi and Toby develop a friendship when Toby sees through the mask and realises that Levi is not the person he thought. The problems that the two have to face are not about race or sexuality in the end but how they fit into each other’s lives and dealing with outside expectations. It is a story of love, growing up and learning to go after your dreams.

Links

A Hundred Thousand Words on Goodreads

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.

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