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Peter by Kate Walker
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Apr 17, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: unicornland, young_adults
Read in April, 2007

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*Peter* is a simple read about a typical Australian teenager. Peter Dawson is like any other normal teenager. His divorced mother is working full-time as some health care specialist. His father comes and goes from time to time. He has a love/hate relationship with his older brother.

Peter enjoys his roaring bike. He has a group of peers that also enjoy bikes and motorcycles. These guys tease each other incessantly. Often, they'll be put on the spot to prove their masculinity or else they're "poofs".

However, these guys are riding near an area that has been fenced off. Peter has been told by his folks to get these guys away from the fence. Of course, the guys could care less. Peter is pressured to get the guys to comply with the rules. If he tells them to comply, then he'll be thought of as a poof. If he shrugs over it, he'll be cool. Ah, peer pressure...

Meanwhile, Peter also enjoys photography. He has his own dark room. Peter's older brother's friend from university, David has found out about Peter's hobby. David wants Peter to take pictures of him and his vehicle. However, Peter finds out that David is gay. When Peter finds out that his older brother, Vince, doesn't give a care about what people do behind closed doors, Peter adopts the same nonchalant attitude. However, he's curious about David.

A situation arises that Peter finds comfort in David's arms. When they're busted in their innocent embrace, Peter is forced to re-evaluate himself and his approaches to people. In a search for identity, Peter explores homosexuality and finds that he is not disgusted with it but rather nervous. Of course, this puts additional pressure on Peter as he knows that he'll be hassled by his friends as a poof.

I thought that *Peter* was a wonderful book that didn't dwell on the usual issues in other gay literature. *Peter* simply focused on a young man's awareness that he is indeed gay and the pressure that envelops such an awakening. The best part of it all was the last part where Peter develops his first crush with David. Of course, like some of our first crushes, Peter is crushed when he discover that David doesn't reciprocate the feelings.

For some of us, *Peter* will make us take a stroll down memory lane. Simply an easy read.
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