The story is about Shawn and Bobby who meet at the age of twelve and then again a year or so later. Shawn has grown up in a religion who feel that hom...moreThe story is about Shawn and Bobby who meet at the age of twelve and then again a year or so later. Shawn has grown up in a religion who feel that homosexuality is a sin and a chosen lifestyle and those who are gay are abominations in the eyes of the Lord.
Bobby, on the other hand spends his early childhood being raised by a neglectful mother who turns him out to live with his father after remarrying. He learns quickly to manipulate and use others. He has the attitude of hurt them before they hurt you and feels that the world is an untrustworthy place. His famous saying throughout the book is 'trust me' and he uses it to get what he wants from those around him.
It seems like an odd pairing, but the two boys find healing and love with each other. Bobby learns to trust more, and Shawn begins to accept himself as he is, not as others perceive him to be.
I really love this book because it doesn't just start at the two boys meeting each other, but goes into detail about their pasts that have influenced the way they see themselves and the world. The focus on Shawn is especially touching and at times very disturbing. Shawn has been raised with the expectation that he will be a leader in the church because of his piousness and gentle manner. He is constantly at odds with himself and is filled with self-hatred due to his inability to live up to others expectations. His knowledge that he will be rejected by the church if anyone discovers that he is gay leads to feelings of shame and unworthiness towards himself.
The book mainly takes place between the boys 12-18th years. It is really a beautiful love story. There are some really shocking and heartbreaking events that take place in the book. These events are very realistic and are that much more disturbing because of this.
However, there is also great joy and love and taking the journey with these two remarkable young boys in the search of their happily ever after is definitely worth the time. (less)