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Us Three

(One Voice #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  155 reviews
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined t
ebook, 180 pages
Published April 3rd 2014 by Harmony Ink Press (first published April 2nd 2014)
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Mia Kerick isn’t a new author to me, I’ve read her novel Out of Hiding not too long ago but after reading the premise of Us Three I had my doubts. A Young Adult ménage? How would that work? Frankly I wasn’t too keen on starting this one but my curiosity finally got the better of me and after reading only a few pages I couldn’t put it down!

I totally lost myself in this book, it’s a sad tale, especially as one of the sweetest characters ever, is the target of the most vicious bullying I’ve experi
Mandy*reads obsessively*


“Underneath his sparkly surface there’s a whole thick level of a damaged soul. I know this, because I got to see it.”

Wow, what a story.
My love for all things m/m/m is no secret and when I saw Mia Kerick wrote one and a YA one at that, I knew I just had to read it.
I've read two other books by this author and I have to say, she has young, hurting and healing down solid.
This book is full of feelings and emotions, it had me running the gamut on all of them. From anger and fear to indignation a
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
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I quite enjoyed this one. This is the story of three very different teenagers that come together after being assigned work together on a group project at school. Each one is suffering but through their friendship that develops into a loving relationship they find strength.

What I loved:
*Each character had a voice. I loved the way she gave us each character's POV.
*Great character development.
*The author made me feel a part of the story making me feel what the characters were feeling.
*Dialogue wa
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What a story. What a wonderful, beautiful story.

The chemistry between Zander, Nate and Casey was off the charts. They fit together so perfectly, whether it was two of them together or all three of them together, I could feel all the emotion flowing between them. What they had was unexpected for the boys. While they were working together, this strong and solid bond was forming and they had no idea. They had no ide
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this MMM YA story. The romance was very sweet. The story was a bit tough to read since it focusses on bullying, but I loved how these guys dealt with it in the end.

Casey, Nate and Zander are 16 years old and attending Benjamin Franklin High school, where the popular kids rule the school (isn’t that always the case in high school?).

Casey is the one being severely bullied here. It got so bad when he was 14 that he left school for 18 months after a terribly upsetting incident. And wh
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mtsnow13 by: Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
4.5 for some unresolved issues, but a FANTASTIC story!

My thoughts:
From the very first paragraph, the story grabbed me.


“18 months ago

I WAS down again… flat on my belly in the grass this time. There was no use in trying to get up. I was outnumbered, and most of them were bigger than me. Something sharp smacked into the back of my head. This time it was a high-heeled boot; it tumbled past my face. I pushed my chin harder against the ground and stuffed my head under my arms. “

I guess I was
Jay Northcote
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, it had been on my kindle for a while. But once I started I was hooked.
It's not an easy read, in the sense that it deals with some pretty horrific bullying. But it's an easy read in that it flows well, it's paced well and the different characters' voices are well written and compelling.

I really liked the way the author kept the voices so distinct and used different methods of narration for each of them. I think she did a great job with that and it made
I'll need to collect my thoughts about this book and the message it contains, but while I do that, y'all go buy this, m'kay? And then make sure every high schooler reads this too.

Full review will be on Booklikes and my blog. See you there.
Riina Y.T.
♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥ B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥

What a wonderful story. I so love these boys, all hurting in one way or another, all wonderful in their own way and so so so adorable, brave and strong together.

Our sexuality is ours. We shouldn’t have to hide it.

High school, bullies, hurt, unexpected friendship, help & comfort, hope and, of course, sweet and tender love - this was just so my kind of book.

I guess, somehow, the story is predictable, but that's okay, because it w
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think the hard thing for me with many YA/NA reads is the lesson aspect. There's always a teaching angle and sometimes that angle is more palatable than others of its ilk. This story focuses on bullying (view spoiler)and ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-mm, young-adult
4 stars from me for this one. The relationship between the 3 young guys didn't really work for me, it was sort of 'Oh, let's have 3 stereotypical kids....the gay geek, the jock in the closet and the huge brooding moron who no-one talks to', and bring them all together....nope, sorry.

Much preferred The Red Sheet by this author.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this. A lot, actually, but I don't think as much as some other people did.

Overall, it was well handled, and I had no issues with the triad in a YA book (and feel that YA should reflect as many different realities for kids as possible). Why is this a three instead of a four star for me? Much of the book was about the bullying issues rather than the relationship, and it touched on a lot of rather grim realities very briefly. Secondly, and not unrelated, it came across as a very young YA fo
3.5 stars
A very sweet story but not really believable. I can't see a threesome working at that age (16!!) I think a three way relationship is difficult to build as adults, so as teenagers that dealing with finding their sexuality, bullying and hard family situations to just smoothly go into a threesome... With no fear of what their families will say, the bullies at school or even jealousy... Still, I loved Nate, Casey and Zander to enjoy the story.
Eli Easton
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this YA story. It's sweet and angsty and a bit steamy too. The author did a great job on the three first-person voices. Just great.
Chris, the Dalek King
I don’t read young adult stories all that much, but it is stories like this one that make me willing to try. I’m not a big fan of teen angst and just all the crap that comes with being a teenager–-I had more than my share when I was growing up and I try my best to distance myself from that part of my life-–but there is something about a well written story that gets me every time. Stories that are written to mean something, that deal with the real issues of teenagerhood-–and not just the perils o ...more
T.M. Smith
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Casey Minton is young naive and jaded. An incident in his past brought on by his "best friends" have left him a vulnerable and he suffers from frequent panic attacks. His family life is fantastic though. His parents know he is gay even though he isn't out at school and they are very understanding, he has a great relationship with his little sisters, but his mother is extremely over protective after the incident in the 9th grade.

Nate De Marco is the poster boy for tall, dark, handsome and broodin
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I really, truly wish I could rate this one higher. I really liked the characters, and their romance was sweet. Unfortunately, the subject matter, while something everyone should take seriously, was a bit heavy-handed, and the romance was just slightly unbelievable. I like the idea of three young men forging such a strong bond between them, but the fact of the matter is, such a situation is highly unlikely to happen. At 16, I don't see anyone having the emotional maturity to grasp what a menage r ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, poly, ya
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4.5 stars

I have to admit that the premise of this YA book had me a little weirded out. I mean comm'n! a threesome for underage kids? that just seems creepy! BUT don't be freaked it out. In the end, the relationship develops very naturally into a non-weird-like poly type of friendship/love among these guys and you don't feel like it is wrong. But right for them in their world of "them" vrs "us."

So in short, yes t
This book was picked for me for a challenge.
I don't usually read YA / NA but this was really good.
The story of 3 boys who come together in high school. Casey is gay and is bullied by the It Girls. His friends Zander and Nate rally around him.
Over the course of the book, the three become closer and turn into a threesome.
The story of their relationship and Casey's being bullied is told from the 3 point of views. Casey through real life. Nate through his diary and Zander through e mails to his olde
Apr 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m-m, ya
To put it simply, I hated the way this book was written. I didn't like the first person POVs from all three MCs, stereotypes were taken to such extremes that the story wasn't believable to me, and the way they spoke and behaved wasn't realistic either. It reads more like a story made up and written by a teenager than a recounting of something that actually happened to a teenager. I just couldn't buy a single aspect of it. I'd recommend reading the free sample before purchasing to see if the writ ...more
Smith Barney
Stereotypical-cliche-unoriginal-driveling-menage between three high school guys: An effeminate geek, a brooding loner..and a dumb jock in an amateur alternating 1st person POV narration of all (3) MC's viewpoints.

Too rehearsed and too predictable. Perhaps it gets better as it goes on but somehow I can't see it (for me). I really enjoy YA and the more the merrier is my motto regarding menage romances. But I need to believe it to make it happen successfully. If you enjoy reading angst-ridden drama
I really enjoyed the three different narrative voices and formats of telling. But I thought the excessive and cruel bullying wasn't dealt with realistically. No teacher I know would put up with the behaviour of students in class that the french teacher did here.

And then just to be contrary, the way the issue was resolved was also unrealistic. It was too much the other way - too easy & too happy.

I was so glad these boys found each other though. Loved the romantic elements of the story.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-them
I would love to read about these guys as adults together.
BWT (Belen)
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, mm-fiction
I know just how easy it is to be bullied and ostracized and on the outs of a crowd you were once (or thought you were once) a part of.

I loved how the relationship between Casey, Zander, and Nate evolved.

What I didn't understand was how Casey could have kept giving chances to Liz and her group of toxic hyenas.

What the fuck? Why? Seriously, why?

The way the story was written (Nate's POV through his journal, Casey's normal kind of POV, and Zander's emails to his brother) was an interesting way to ge
Well, shit. I wasn't ready for that to be over. But here I am, at 100% on my kindle, and no mater how many times I swipe for another page...nada. These boys were very cute, and very bruised, and very much perfect for each other. Ménage isn't my thing, and I always have a favorite ( was Nate...sigh), but it really worked here. From the very first time Nate uttered the words, it truly was Us Three versus all the rest of them. I don't know if bullying is this severe on the reg or not, a ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What do I think, GR? Instead of working on edits for a book I hadn't been sure would ever come out, I spent the afternoon reading this. Casey, Zander, and Nate were sweet (and I know Nate would hate hearing that, but hey, it's the truth, and he can suck it up.) They bring out the best in each other.

I have to say I worried about his little sister (I know, I get dragged off on tangents) and just hope Uncle Rich doesn't decide she's looking tasty. I'd love to see a sequel to this where the three gu
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bmbr-reads
Need to sleep, couldn't put this down. Review to come. Thanks Stallion for the rec.
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, abuse
4.5 I loved this book!! Let me start off by saying I am not a huge fan of menage so I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but I immediately bonded with Casey. I felt so bad for him and was in tears after reading just the first 10 pages. Bullying is always a trigger for me and makes me tear up. I just can't control myself :-(

Anyway, I loved how Casey, Nate, and Zane came together and all needed each other to feel complete and to balance each other out. I wasn't sure how their "coming together" wa
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not into books about threesomes. I just never quite figured out how they would work, but this book changed my perception so that, for the first time, I could see how it might work for the right three people. Told in first person alternating viewpoints through Casey’s recollection of events, Nate’s journal entries, and Zander's emails to his brother who is away at college, I just loved being inside these character’s heads. Three boys, so very different: Casey i ...more
Rachel Emily
When I started this all I could think was "how can you pull off a menage relationship with 18 year olds?" Well, for the most part, I think the author pulled it off! I really enjoyed the 3 ways the story was told, through e-mails, a diary, and then real life. I just LOVED Nate..I clearly have a soft spot for the tough bad ass with a heart of gold, so he really stood out for me.

I guess my main issue was that I felt like the bullying was just over and over again to the point where it just wasn't b
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and rev

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