Kyle Jackowski, typical sullen emo teen, struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law...again. But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center like he expected, he is given a chance to commute his sentence by working on a farm for the summer.
Enter Sam, son of the farm owners, who shows Kyle what he feels is perfectly normal and that he doesn't have to hide from his feelings. In turn, Sam's parents show Kyle that his abusive stepfather and battered mother are not the norm. With their love and support, Kyle finds his place in the world - by Sam's side.
©2013 Sherrie Henry (P)2014 Harmony Ink Press
Ever so often, I accidentally, or not, choose a book intended for the teen LGBT market. This is one. A lovely innocent love story at it's very best. If you're looking for a hot M2M romance, keep on looking. If you want to believe in love, spend the credit.
Probably not; at least not unless it was deeply discounted. It wasn't that it was a bad story- it pretty much ticks all of the appropriate boxes- but I've read what was pretty much the same story by much better writers.
I'd work on making the characters more believable, especially Kyle. I actually started out liking Kyle, he was very sympathetic and affecting in the beginning. But throughout the book he becomes more and more pathetic and I just stopped believing in him as a character. I mean, I can understand his hesitation to accept gifts from the family, but the offering pay for every single thing that was offered to him, even after they told him, "don't worry about it", became so grating. I think this was an attempt at making him seem vulnerable, but he just came off as stupid and whiny. Also, his naivete about gay people beyond ridiculous. I mean, he's supposed to be a kid from the streets of New York City and he has ZERO idea of what gay people are like?
Sounds too old
First of all, as I mentioned, the characters could use some work. Between Kyle's naivete and constant apologizing and Sam's comparative worldliness, I had a hard time convincing myself that these two people would actually date each other in real life. If I were Sam, I would have found Kyle to be nice but tiresome and way too immature. However, not only do these guys inexplicably end up dating each other, they practically marry one another about five minutes after meeting. Now, I'm not against love at first sight stories, but the fact that these characters are so different add yet end up together practically right away felt emotionally untrue. Perhaps if they'd worked on it a little more and slowed it down, I could have been convinced. Also, while I appreciate the attempts romance authors take at talking about HIV, I don't like it when it just get's awkwardly dropped in. Yes, gay people talk about HIV, but not in the weird germphobic way it's introduced here. You can have perfectly healthy sex without a doctor's note. Suggesting otherwise, as it seems to be in this novel,is just silly and kind of insulting.
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