Author: Bryan Ellis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publication Date: 09/02/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, New Adult
After a suicide attempt left him hospitalized for seven months, Jesse Holbrooke is returning home to live with his parents. Despite the treatment he received, his depression hangs like a cloud over his head, casting his life in a perpetual darkness he can’t seem to escape. But just when the obstacles become insurmountable, a glimmer of light appears.
Life hasn’t been easy for Adam Foster, a barista with a bad stutter, but he keeps his chin up and tries not to let the mockery of others get to him. Though shy, Adam is sweet and romantic, and Jesse knows they could be perfect for each other. Adam’s support gives Jesse the courage to face the darkness and believe in the possibility of happiness at last. But if their romance is going to last, both young men will have to look inside and find acceptance—for themselves as well as for each other.
I only got to 32% on this title so I’ll keep my review, as such, brief.
The portrayal of mental illness/wellness here is astonishingly one-dimensional, and I can’t recommend it to anyone who has experience with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation or anything of the sort. I mean…for one thing, Jesse constantly refers to the place he stayed in as an asylum, and to the other patients as crazy (or relatively sane), even though he doesn’t know them.
Additionally, the prose is rudimentary at best and the dialogue contains slut-shaming; a letdown by Dreamspinner Press standards.
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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