Kieran & Drew
High school baseball star Drew Anderson has only wish in life: to be able to care for those he loves. With an absent fath ...more
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This just became one of my favorite YA stories in this genre, a classic tale about a geek/outcast and popular jock falling in love.
Ah, bring back the 80s!
Surely there's fanfic about Andrew and Brian somewhere out there?
Drew and Kieran are seniors in high school. Drew is popular and athletic to Kieran's geeky, weird, and shy. But when Drew finds out about Kieran's unrequited crush, he doesn't mind at all; Drew wants what Kieran's offering.
In the end, both guys need each other. The po ...more
GAHHHH!!! Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back IN!... I can't get out of YA-land!!!! (ummm...yes, I quoted the Godfather to describe my YA kick...and yes, I am sorry for that...)
3.5 strong stars...again!
Ok, ok...so…since I am, admittedly, in a YA phase…I can write this review w/o being embarrassed of how much I really enjoyed this book! :)
Yes, it’s formulaic. In fact, for the first 1/2 of the book, I was having some serious déjà vu. It was plot point by plot point the exact same book ...more
Kieran is a senior at the high school in a small town. He used to feel awkward and uncomfortable around other students. He got bullied, has no friends, they thought of him as a freak. He couldn’t wait to escape this town and go somewhere far far away…
Drew’s father divorced his mother five years ago and had his own brand new family. He didn’t really visit anymore or call. Now, it was his responsibility to look after his mom (she had agoraphobia). So after graduation, he needed to be hom ...more
I don't have problems with Ms. Gilbert's writing. I like her writing. I find both Kieran and Gilbert to be wonderful characters ... and them bein ...more
Honestly, everything about this story was predictable...from the beginning to the middle to the end. There were absolutely no shocking plot twists and no single moment where I shouted "What the fuck just happened?!" No, there was nothing exciting like that. Just two high school seniors, opposites yet soul mates, discovering ...more
"...people never stay with their first loves.”
But sometimes they do.
I 've never stopped being around teenagers, even when I stopped being a teenager myself. This story had one the most realistic portrayals of teenage behavior I have ever read.
There is no melodrama here, but there is angst (which, thankfully, doesn't override the story). The conflicts are real:
Bullying. Teenagers who feel that they don't fit in. Parents who mean well, but they screwed up somewhere along the way, and now they ...more
I LOOOOOOOOVED this story! LA Gilbert is now officially and auto-buy author for me. Each book I've read from her has been better than the last. This one is my favorite so far.
Angsty young love in a small town with messed up family situations, and all kinds of hurt in two young men that find refuge (literally) in each other. It was like she hit a checklist for my paradigm comfort read.
Kieran Apleby is a loner, he doesn't have any friends and he's a litle angry at the world, partly it's b ...more
I think I just fell in love.
I adored EVERYTHING about this story (maybe with the exception of that cover - deceptively ominous much?!).
I was fully engaged for every single second of this sweet, unassuming love story. Kieran and Drew were equally endearing and so very relatable. Their coming together was so beautiful and honest and tender and romantic and realistic and several other lovely descriptive words that I won't bore you with further.
I laughed, I cried, I sympathized and then I ...more
The characters in this book are extremely believable. Kieran especially was a guy I could totally feel for. His sense of worthlessness pulled at my heart and I wanted to beat his dad over the head at times.
Drew was another real character. His way of handling things had me again wanting to infli ...more
Minus one star because many of the pop culture references fell flat, and because of some editing inconsistencies. (I suspect they tri ...more
Of course, this is high school and neither boy is "out", so the relationship is going to suffer. While the plot is nothing ...more
If you’ve read LA Gilbert before and are familiar with her style this will not come as a surprise to you. Kieran and Drew is an incredibly sweet story that will get under your skin and keep you rooting for these two beautiful characters from the get go. As all her stories this bears no urgency and is not written as a fast paced novel but that only gives you more time to enjoy it and to get attached to the characters.
I know I say ...more
Kieran was the "different" character. He dressed differently and had no friends. I found him to be easy to like. He was ...more
Both boys are finishing high school and planning their next steps. Drew is trapped in his home town, not able to leave his mother. Keiran, on the other hand, can't wait to escape and has plans to move ...more
I am not usually a fan of High School age characters but this story was simply amazing. Very well written, so real and so real life. Both Kieran and Drew have family issues that haunt them, as do most high schooler's. But the difference is in having friends to fall back on. Drew is very popular and a jock...more friends than he can shake a stick at. Kieran? None, no one wants to be seen with the freak. So very sad.
Drew, of course, sees past the oddity that is Kieran and quietly befrien ...more
Slowish start, but soon warmed up. Loved the characters of Kieran and Drew, and the surprise twist with Kieran's dad, wonderful. Would love to know what happened to Drew's bestie Matt though cos he seemed to disappear....anyhoo, 4 stars from me.
Oh...another one of these. They are all cute and I've read a lot of them already.
Well - not this one. It is a sign of a really good author to give us a known theme and make something totally new out of it.
Just to make this clear - I loved the story.
I loved the guys - they are the best example that not everything is as it looks like.
This is the kind of book that draws you in, keeps you reading...despite you originally thought that it would be easy to ...more
I'm officially an L.A. Gilbert fan! I am a sucker for sappy dialogue and this just turned up the notch. The story build-up was flawless and enjoyable. Bits of humor, lots of loving, and not that much angst. Perfect! And Kieran and Drew are just total adorbs. The connection and chemistry were there. The conflicts affect you deeply. The love scenes were one of the best I've read. Sweet and heated; I was in heaven. Will definitely be reading and looking forward to more of L.A.'s work in the future.
God this book! I was freaking awesome! I didn't want it to end. This book is going to stay with me for awhile.
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Now this is a difficult book for me to review because I got some negative emotions at the beginning from this author. I understand that we have our likes and dislikes, and our opinions matter to us, but when you start slanting books or movies you don’t like in your current work, while all the while you’re in the middle of an exact replica of a scene from said book, it’s just not cool.
I’m talking about a sce ...more
I thought the dialogue was very well done and included some good banter and seemed very natural.
There were points in this that were angsty, and I understand the conflict of it, as conflict is usually needed in stories. Towards the end, it was a bit ti ...more
One of the cutest teenage love stories I've read with amazing intimate moments. It reminds me a bit of Our December or The making of a man series. Like in TMOAM series, I really liked the plot. It is well thought and rich and the characters actions and reactions make sense. It's powerfully emotional, like first real love can be, and bonus, it's kind of hot. I liked that the author didn't try to create more conflicts than were needed to make the plot solid. She didn't try to make her cha ...more