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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Shane has finally settled into life in the country, with university ambitions, a steady relationship, and a grudging tolerance for dance that is entirely the fault of his boyfriend, Luke.

Then Shane’s father gets his marching orders, and Shane’s time in this new life is put on a countdown. At sixteen, Shane could legally leave but has nowhere to go. And
Paperback, 188 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by Queerteen Press (first published November 8th 2015)
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Kaje Harper
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a coming out story that gives the readers a sympathetic, believable, young MC and also a sideways view into the mind of the antagonist. As the book opens, 16-year-old Shane has never told his career-military dad that he's gay, or that he's dating a boy, or anything personal about his life that doesn't fit with his father's plans for sons to follow in his footsteps. Shane and his older brother have been raised by his dad as a single parent, and Shane doesn't ever want to lose family ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mm
4.25 stars

Another enjoyable YA/coming of age story from Mr Metzger!

Shane is in an impossible situation. After his mother abandoned them when he was a child, he's bounced around from place to place with his military father and brother for years until finally finding a real home a couple of years earlier. He's got new friends who get him and who know the real Shane. And he's got his lovely (but secret) boyfriend Luke. Moving away from his new friends and boyfriend would mean he has to go back into
Elisa Rolle
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Private by Matthew J. Metzger
1) A strong well-developed story. As someone with teenage children I could recognise their emotions and frustrations, and understand the family dynamics.
2) Having been a military brat way back in the day it was easy for me to understand some of the things Shane was going through. There are a lot of emotional ups and downs in this book due to misunderstandings. I loved the way the author played everything out however and will be
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic YA read - highly recommended!
Every once in a while a novel falls into your lap that you are so grateful to have found that you just start pulling for it at the outset.

Matthew Metzger's Private is just such a novel.

This coming-out story felt natural and real from the first page. The relationships between the four best friends and Shane's family bond, fragile as it might seem, never struck a false note. So I'll give you that Luke, Shane's bf of two years, says all the right things in all the right places, but when they're
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ya-na
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this YA novel.
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Like every book by Matthew I finished this super fast. This one in a day. Love his characters and style of writing so much. I don't read a lot of YA books but I'm happily making my way through Matthews books. I've also been my hubby (of 24 years) since we were 14 so I definitely believe that young love can last and thrive.
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Matthew is an asexual, transgender author from the wet and windy British Isles.

Matt writes LGBT novels, both adult and young adult, and particularly enjoys digging into the weird and wonderful diversity of people all across the sexuality and gender spectrums. When not writing, Matt is usually asleep, or crunching numbers at his day job. Free time is not really a concept here.

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