Author: Jake Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/13/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance
For Rone Forrester, life as a high school student is a roller coaster ride. Though he’s intelligent, good-looking, and athletic, true happiness eludes him. He’s lost his mother to cancer, his hypercritical father is a tyrant, and he spends most of his free time taking care of his little brother, Eli. And to make matters worse, Rone begins to have romantic feelings for his best friend, Carson Harrington.
When Rone is inadvertently outed, his life swirls into turmoil. His father’s homophobia and Rone’s embarrassment at the thought of facing Carson force him to flee to Los Angeles, where he hopes to find a safe haven. Instead, he quickly learns that every moment is dangerous for a homeless teenager. As time passes, Rone navigates through multiple challenges, makes friends who love him for who he is, works hard to achieve his goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon—with all its inherent triumphs and tragedies—and overcomes a failed relationship. Ultimately, his journey teaches him that in order to fulfill his dreams, he has to come to terms with his past.
First of all let me say Jake Wells is an awesome author. He has a magnificent way with words. He certainly tells a top notch story but there are times his words get in the way. He can be too wordy trying to include things that aren’t necessary to the overall story.
Rone Forrestor is the main character here and we see him as a teenager growing through a mountain of shit and we see him as an adult living his life as a doctor.
Rone’s teenage life is tough, there’s no doubt about that. His mother is dead and his father is a neglectful ass. Rone’s father seems to had taken a disliking to Rone when he was young. Why? We’re never told. Anyway, Rone’s father becomes physically abusive when he learns Rone is guy.
Rone takes off and ends up in L.A. and this is where I had some issue with the story. I was expecting a realistic view of a young man on the streets and while Rone isn’t trouble-free things did come rather easy to him. He gets a job and a place to live immediately. Yeah he does get beat up but that leads him to the Los Angeles LGBT Center where he is taken care of and ends up taken in by a wealthy man. I understand the author’s desire to showcase the Center’s services and I admire his decision to donate all proceeds from the sale of the book, but what happened to Rone was more fairy tale than real life.
That only slightly affected my enjoyment of the book. After I got over my issues with the realism I did get into Rone’s story of personal and professional troubles.
One issues I have with Wells is that almost every character feels the need to share his or her backstory even if there never seen again. A lot of words could’ve been removed because it didn’t add anything to the back story
I enjoyed the ending even if I wished things had moved faster. I would’ve preferred to see Rone and his true love together for more of the book instead of just the end.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly, just be prepared for some wordiness.
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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