A Secret Edge
In many ways, Jason Peele is like any other teenager. He hits the books, hangs with his friends, flirts with girls, and omits the full truth of his life from his Aunt Audrey and Uncle Steve, who have rai...more
I must had teared up four or five times throughout the text. I laughed out loud on occasion too. I was surprised at how sexy it was and that a female author captured a teen gay ma ...more
Initially Jason is troubled by dreams that he's having about other boys. He tries to redirect his attractions to girls, ...more
Jason is 16 years old and the classical ...more
However, it's probably more aimed at older teenagers or those who are starting to come out (or their supportive friends), as to someone like me who's been out for a few years, parts of it seemed a bit old hat.
A few things that niggled:
It was obvious that the author was trying to get factual information across to the reader, and in some places that really jarred. In the middle of a page of conversation, out of nowhere, you'd get ...more
Dealing with issues from coming out, violence and non-violence, family acceptance and non-acceptance, troubled pasts, and the usual fears of coming of age, this story depicts a boy who realizes he is gay and begins to accept it.
Jason Peele is just beginning to understand he is gay, but he not only deals with that, and coming out to his family, but also with the bullies at school, and the boy he likes. He establishes a relationship with Raj, and they connect through Gandhi and movies and their re...more
The real problem was the romance in the book - the love interest was a superior-acting, reserved guy that didn't really talk to the character, but they fell madly in love.
I just couldn't relate to this book o ...more
Again, the characters, like in Thinking Straight, are rich and complex. I liked even the bullies, who were not created to be 'bad guys' in a world of black and white, but rather adversaries with their own desires and struggles. The world building is well done, with many of the moral actions landing in the realm of greys, rather than absolutes.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are quite believable, the dialogue and scenes ring true.
Comparing the two books, this one seems much more truthful and much more mature. The story is concise and tight, not once did I ask myself 'when does this end?' And when it did end I wanted it to go on.
Definitely a good choice for any young person.
I enjoyed this book but felt the motivations of some of the characters were underdeveloped. The most perplexing is the love interest, Raj. I know this book was written in first person so Raj's motives were as unclear as they were to the narrator, but by the book's end I was still baffled and didn't feel that the 'happy ending' was earned. Still, there is a lot to like about it.