*Cover pic from Goodreads,com
Though this title is not available until June, I really wanted to get a review up on this site because this title is one that will stick with me. I try to read a variety of literature and to keep an open mind about the topics and subjects and themes within that literature. That being said, I also try to read books by authors I have enjoyed in the past. This book fit both those bills: I have enjoyed LaCour and Levithan in the past, and this book is a YA love story, but it is not the narrators who fall in love; rather one narrator is a gay high school student while the other narrator is a lesbian high school student. These kids do not really know each other or talk until they, by chance, see each other and talk at a bar during the kick off to PRIDE week. It actually reminded me of the random way I ended up meeting and talking to some of my friends (minus the PRIDE week situation). Both characters build their back stories and personalities and relationships (and sometimes lack thereof) as they build this new friendship. Though I found the plethora of teens just like them unrealistic (which might be my rural upbringing), I found the love and friendship in this book real and touching. I know teens are often limited in the support they receive as they come out and come to terms with everything that means for them, their family, and their friends, and I felt a book like this would be such a welcome read for those teens. I can name some adults who would have appreciated and loved this book growing up. This book is obviously not for everyone, but it is a worthy addition to the books I have on this site because it is one that will stay with me in my mind for a while.