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The Thunder in His Head

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  52 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Sequel to Everything We Shut Our Eyes To

Kyle Manning is a tall, strong, openly gay sixteen-year-old who makes decent grades and plays on his school's basketball team. He's a good kid who cares deeply about his family and friends. But his life has become a mess. His mom, Lela, has finally had enough of her husband Joe's serial cheating. Kyle's parents are headed for divor
Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Harmony Ink Press
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H.B. Pattskyn
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I stayed up until nearly 3am last night reading this. I didn't actually finish it until this morning, because when I got to the point last night where I couldn't keep my eyes open, I decided it was time for bed, but The Thunder in His Head is definitely a page turner.

The primary and secondary characters were all well rounded, well thought out, "real" people, with authentic emotions and great dialogue--i.e. they sounded like human beings, not English professors. (Dialogue is one of my personal pe
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Я хотела почитать другую книгу этого автора, но попалась только эта...
Герои с такой... колористикой меня редко привлекают, но, говорю же, попалась только эта! *смеется* В общем, начало неплохое. Процентах на 15 казалось, что обычное YA с определенным набором проблем, и даже была готова дочитывать. Но нет.

Ближе к середине создается такое ощущение, что автор сам не знает, в чем конфликт. Герой ничего не преодолевает, ни с чем особо не борется. Начинает встречаться с парнем, потому что он перв
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a good surprise. Far from th usual gay African American romance books.
Bey Raines
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I liked the major characters, they all seem very real. The main character, Kyle, struggles to adjust to his parents getting divorced and the new people they're dating. At the same time, he's struggling to adjust to being attracted to his mom's boyfriend, but he also meets Dwight, a gay guy his age. Kyle tries to be a good person, but he is so confused by the things happening in his life that it keeps him angry and sometimes he gets himself in trouble by fighting. The build- ...more
Jamie Deacon
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
We’re never too old to make mistakes. It can be a tough lesson, and one which sixteen-year-old Kyle Manning finds particularly painful to deal with. Fast pace and fraught with conflict, this is an authentic coming of age novel about discovering that no one, not even our parents, is perfect, and accepting the people we love for all there faults.

Everything is getting on top of Kyle at the moment. One of his best friends is struggling with serious self-confidence issues, his parents are headed for
Carl Michael
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review contains spoilers.

This is a novel about forgiveness. Like every human being, the characters are all flawed in some way, and they make mistakes that hurt themselves and the people around them. Their flaws are made plain without excuses being offered for them. They suffer the consequences for their actions.

The main character, Kyle, spends most of the book angry with his father for breaking up their family. The bad thing is that Kyle lashes out at others in his anger. But he discovers
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this book a four star review but then that dumb ass fight happened with the older guys and I just lost all respect for the main character. It was so stupid and impulsive, more than he has been before. What I hated more was that the author was trying to justify the bad things that they dad did. Like, ok people have issues but that is not a fucking excuse and it kind of drained the main character and he lost his bite. He was the same person I read the other 90% of the book. ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! What I loved most of all was how normal Kyle's life was and how easy it read. It was not something that was very heavy and full of gay bashing and insecurity. It was a novel about a young man with a lot of potential whom fell short of it at times, but we all have. The greatest part about it was how he worked towards getting back what he lost and learning some of life's timeless lessons. I really hope there is a part 2! I kept saying I hope Gene Gant has got a part 2 in him. I ...more
Rynn Yumako
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, contemporary
This would have been an excellent read, if there were more pages to it. As it was, some parts just felt a bit rushed, some characters (like Kyle's friends) were underdeveloped and with that didn't really add much to the story, Kyle's feelings for Reece were never really dealt with etc.

Overall it was an easy read, got my attention from the start and held it until the end.

In the end though, it just didn't leave much of an impression on me, which is a shame, because I liked the premise of the stor
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wish I had better things to say about this as it's really hard (at least for me) to find books with POC as main characters so I really wanted to like this book but I didn't. The story is a mess and completely unfocused IMO, the characters are mostly unlikeable and then there's a "lovely" bit of biphobia towards the end which made me rage :/
Nola Summers
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not sure now why I picked this one up but glad I did. I don't read teen romance (no not even the twilight books) but something here caught my attention and once I started it I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens with all the characters. well written and above all else a good story
Elisa Rolle
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2012 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved reading it, it was really hilarious at places. I would just have wanted the end to be longer.
Chuck R
Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-black-ya
The title made me cringe but it's a pretty good story.
A good book, I just wasn't in the mood for good books about a teen coming to terms with the world, himself, relationships etc
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Very good read. Grabbed my attention and wouldn't let me go. Well written, engaging story.
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Gene Gant lives with his family in a small, rural community in West Tennessee. He has been a ghost writer for many years and is looking forward to publishing more works under his own name.
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