Go Your Own Way
I seem to be in the minority here, but I really struggled through this one.
First of all, you should know that this book is all about the drama and the angst. And it gets REALLY angsty. If you aren't prepared for an exhausting read, then look away. I can deal with some heavy drama and angst, but this pushed my limits.
However, that wasn't my issue with the story. My main issue with this story is something we need to talk about as M/M readers, and that is the overly sexually aggressive MC. Lennox ...more
I get it. This is a character-driven story. Will and Lennox are hot and cold personified. These characters are beautiful and the push-and-pull relationship between these MCs was perfect. With Lennox's situation and the almost impenetrable wall he had built for himself, I was already prepared for this.
And then you add Will and his principles (aka commitment and fidelity and good ol' romance) and his infuriating but undeniable attraction to Lennox and what have you got? Yep, more of this.
I just love it when I read a book from a debut author and it’s really something to get excited about… and this is one of those books! Zane Riley effortlessly captured my heart with his characters and …the writing… it’s stunning. But not in a lyrical, flowery way. The words just flowed so smoothly over the page, enticing me in, so much so, that reading this felt like time just stopped; with heart-breaking moments of poignancy that just made me pause for thought. I...more
For a debut novel, this was fantastic! I loved reading it from the beginning to the end, and the author earned himself a new fan girl: me :)!
This is a character driven novel that beautifully shows us the journey of two young men, bad boy Lennox McAvoy and the innocent Will Osborne. It was a pleasure to go along with these two fantastic characters through their first true love experience while they take their first baby steps towards romance. This book is written from both characters’ p ...more
Sometimes Lennox was downright cruel, and it was ha ...more
Rude, Crude, Obnoxious, Inappropriate.. These are just a few of the words I'd use to describe Lennox, without using any bad words. I'd also describe him as Love Starved, Hurt, Sad, Scared, Abused, Neglected.
I look at the bottom set of words and I want to sympathize with Lennox, but it's hard to sympathize with someone you would just much rather shake or slap. Every time you'd start to feel a little sorry ...more
Go Your Own Way is the new adult debut novel by the talented Zane Riley and another winner from the (new to me) Interlude Press. The book was nothing like I was expecting and really different from the usual NA (new adult) stories I read in the past. In three words, I loved it! I’m so happy when I discover new authors and I can’t believe this is Zane’s only book I have available right now.
Will and Lennox are two characters that will b ...more
It is refreshing to read a story that covers the points of view belonging to both of the main characters. It is very amusing and true to how teen ...more
I was shocked to learn this was the author’s debut novel. It was well written and held such realism that one felt as if they were transported back to the halls of their high school. The good, the bad, and the ugly of being a high school student are there for everyone to see. Eastern High School in Leon could be any small town school in America where the students create their own pecking order. Yet, like most small towns, there are those connections between one anoth ...more
"That earned him a laugh, and Wil ...more
What a marvelous debut work by Zane Riley. I read this when all three books were out, but even before the blurb got my attention and the books were on my buy and tbr list for a long time. Best time for actually exploring it was the release of the last book in the series and I can say I'm glad I picked this series and this book up.
The blurb is giving a good feeling what the book is about but it leaves open how heavil ...more
The problem, for me, was that the middle portion lasted too long. Will was a judgmental asshole to Lennox, so other than being the only other gay individual in the school, I don't see what he was so obsessed with. Lennox was also an asshole to Will, so again, I don't see the connection. If they had had some deep meaningful moments t ...more
this was a treat.
i was already a big fan of the fanfiction that became this book, but what riley did here, what he did to the story, the setting, the characters—it was so much better than i could have ever expected. it took me a few days to be able to write a review, even through i write them normally right after i finish r ...more
Will is a high school senior ready to be done with it all. He has a great family that supports him but the constant bullying and harrassme ...more
Lennox is a complex character; left in a motel room by his grandfather with a small allowance, a trunk full of belongings and his ankle monitor. Lennox has an ab ...more
This was picked for me for a challenge - it's young adult so it was never previously even on my radar.
I didn't like either character really - so yeah, it just didn't work for me.
JK, you guys, my arms aren’t tired at all. I could easily fly through another book about these characters. This is the first book in a series (…of two? …of more? I don’t know yet!), and when I got to the last page, I was unhappy to read “The End” and then an announcement that the story would continue in the next book. THAT book, which I have been calling GO YOUR OWN WAY 2 in my head but is really called WITH OR WITHOUT YOU, will be r ...more
There are some tropes in here and the plot and relationship between Will and Lennox seemed rocky at first, but as the story went on, I felt like everything found its pace and it was a really fun read.
I did read this years ago as the Glee fanfic it first was, but I feel like it really works as a separate story and it was really addicting. However, I didn't really like where it ended, especially because I know where the story goes, but since there is a sequel, I kind of understand that.
I reall ...more
Four and a half stars!
There is so much emotion in this book. I love how it just pours out of the pages and makes me feel right along with the characters. Plus the sexual tension was amazing! It really got my heart pounding. Lennox breaks my heart with how he’s treated. Sure he’s got an attitude problem, a criminal record, and more emotional baggage than a USAirways lost and found, but everyone he meets brushes him off without a second glance. They see the surface, t ...more
Holy shit. For a debut novel this really rocked my socks!
Some bits of it reminded me of the good parts of Glee - overly nosy but self-interested friends, a great stepmom, this awesome dad that has a heart-attack, nerdy gay kid who has limited memories of his dead mother but who has grand dreams of moving to New York...and also happens to have a basement bedroom.
But!!! This book has the drama & tension, the emotional depth from flawed characters...all of what was so blatantly missin ...more
Zane Riley’s first book contains beguiling characters, complex relationships and a healthy dose of teen angst. It is one of the best young/new adult books I’ve read in quite a while.
Lennox is that mythical fantasy creature - the tortured bad boy with a heart of gold. He is a perfect match for the preppy Will. Both boys are beautiful and clever. Their banter is witty and their chemistry is hot.
I love the complexity of Go Your Own Way. Zane Riley manages to weave several subplots across e ...more