Author: Marie Sexton
Narrator: John Solo
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 10/19/2016
Length: 09 hours 43 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult, Young Adult
It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.
Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.
Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.
Sadie reviewed the eBook here.
This was Sadie’s first Marie Sexton book, but definitely not mine. I can’t say it better than Sadie.
Poor Cody. Poor sweet, unlucky, unloved Cody. He’s had a hard life, and he just has no idea how to handle the simple politeness of Nate, the rich new kid in his nowhere town. Nate’s discovery of his own sexual identity is fumbled to perfection while the two of them slowly become friends (despite Cody’s resistance) and – much later – boyfriends (again, no thanks to Cody, LOL). I appreciated the consistent pacing of the writing; there’s a sort of comforting rhythm to it that softens the sting of the otherwise brutal content.
Then, somewhere around Chapter 14, right when I was starting to feel the tiniest glimmer of hope for the boys and by extension their struggling parents, the ish hit the metaphorical fan. I can’t go into further detail without spoiling it, but suffice to say I didn’t see a particular plot turn coming, and then I felt stupid for having thought for even a second that everything would be alright. Newsflash: “alright” is not an option in Warren. Problem is, escape isn’t really an option either, so what’s a young gay couple to do? I recommend picking up Trailer Trash ASAP to find out.
John Solo is far from my favorite narrator but he did a pretty good job here. In the beginning Nate’s voice was rather effeminate, not fitting of the character, as well as inconsistent. Fairly soon though the voice smoothed out and was better fit the young man.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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