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Publisher's Summary

Note to self: Just don't be weird.

Lock is awkward. He can't make eye contact, counts when he's nervous, and has to remind himself several times a day how "normal" teens behave. Homeschooled most of his life, he's resigned himself to a friendless existence at his new Atlanta high school. Until he meets West.

List of reasons why my life is a mess: How much time do you have?

West has everything. Looks. Talent. Money. And secrets...so many secrets. Beneath the surface of West's perfect existence is a pain he's buried so deep a million therapists couldn't unearth it, and he's determined to keep it that way. He's an actor. He can act normal. But then there's Lock.

Sometimes two wrongs can be right.

They don't fit. Their lives are equal but opposite disasters, and the universe just keeps throwing obstacles in their path. Every time they are together, they find it harder to say good-bye, harder to keep their secrets, harder not to lean on each other. But for this relationship to have a fighting chance, the two must stop trying to rewrite the past and start figuring out how to build a future...together.

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Alexander C. Eberhart (P)2020 Tantor

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Not what you expect be aware

This book is really tough. It’s great don’t get me wrong. It’s well written the characters are compelling and I found it generally engaging. I just wasn’t expecting how intense this book is. When it says mature content as a warning it’s talking about rape, depression, abuse, eating disorders and dismissed differently abled ability to function as an adult. The relationship between the two main characters is secondary to everything else. I would say it takes up between 5-10% of the total books contents. The rest is about their own personal struggles. So if you’re looking for a happy YA book and a romance the only trope you’re gonna get is a HFN. Of course Joel Lesley was brilliant. He did make a high school Jewish white girl sound like a 30 year old black woman with sass not bad just a little jarring.

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Not for the feint of heart

I’m 27 years old and this book for a YA book really brought me to my knees with its depictions of mature content. It’s a good read. Pleasantly surprised.

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Warning, very heavy

was a good book overall but could have been better. it is a gay romance but it's more about the things that the two characters are going though in their lives separately than their romance. and those things are really heavy.

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this was a bad book
1. West wasnt shown enough
2. Lock had so much problem going on
3. the didnt focus on their relationship because of their situatuon
4. changes happened so suddenly

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  • 07-10-21

Just couldn’t stand the narration!

I definitely want to give this book another try since the description seems interesting to me, it’ll just have to be in paperback form! i didn’t mind the narrators voice when voicing Lock, but everyone other character grated on me too much to get through this. looking forward to giving it another go though

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  • Becky L
  • 11-18-20

Brilliant performance

I had already read and loved this book, but the audiobook added life and then some, elevating this to a book you lived, not just listened to. Each character was unique, and Joel Leslie managed to embodied them with a personality that matched a high schooler moving into adulthood, dealing with a range of heavy issues that could seem overly angsty, but instead are integral elements of Lock and West’s lives in a way that makes them real and authentic.

I absolutely loved both the book and audio, but this is a rare case where the audio wins out - it adds something reading alone doesn’t quite reach.

Definitely recommend.