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Trailer Trash

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,344 ratings  ·  283 reviews
It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not ev ...more
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Published March 21st 2016 by Riptide Publishing (first published March 19th 2016)
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I'm gushing and fangirling and twirling big time here.I read this in a day.
Was it perfect? No but that didn't stop me giving it all the stars because I absolutely LOVED this story.

Teenage angst at it's best....


Two young boys from opposite ends of the track.One was comfortable with his sexuality,the other was confused,scared and all the time with the threat and uncertainty of Aids hanging over them.Two sets of parents and their struggles to do what they could,what they thought was righ
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
I stewed over this book for a couple days, wavering between 4 and 5 hearts, finally settling on 5 mainly because I can't remember being as affected by a book since Rattlesnake, one of my favorite reads of 2015. I'm not sure if it was a case of the perfect storm of our current political climate colliding with these characters or if it was simply Sexton's deft crafting of this story that did it for me, but I had a bad case of The Feels reading Trailer Trash.

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Told from both Cody and Nate's persp
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jan by: Judith
Shelves: lgbtq, favorites
**** 4.5 Stars ****

Trailer Trash is a moving story. Needless to say that it packs a mean punch of angst, the kind of drama I really appreciate.

I had moments where I was drowning in the angst, my heart beating in the same rhythm as Cody's, totally connected with his pain, suffocated by small-town prejudices and all the unfairness that comes along with it. Not to mention the heaviness of not having a future ahead. The oppressiveness of it felt very real.

But then we meet Natan, a breath of fresh a
This was a great book, but strangely enough, I'm not referring to the love story.

The love story is sweet and I enjoyed every bit of it. It's true there is a rich boy/poor boy premise here. And that sounds typical but in truth I honestly don't care how typical or not a book is as long as the author writes it well and builds it into a solid shape. And that's exactly what happened here. It's not that the love story is not beautiful, because it is, it's just that I loved the surroundings much better
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, m-m
3.5 Stars

"When it’s dark enough, you really can see the stars."

This story is about two teenage boys, Nate & Cody. Nate’s parents are divorced. He lives with his father and his father has decided he needed a new start in a new town, a very very small one! They live in the good part of the town. But he hates this town and he blames his father for everything. Now, he met Cody. A really poor guy who lives in the most terrible part of the town, Trailer Park aka Hole. Cody lives with his mother. They
Kaje Harper
Although most of this author's books are adult M/M, this one is fine for YA readers. Set in 1986, this is the story of two high-school seniors trying to make it through their last year of school. For Nate, it's part of a painful change, with his parents divorced and his father moving them to a dead-end little Wyoming town. Nate's friends were left behind, the sports he enjoyed are impossible - the school not only doesn't have a swim-team, the town doesn't even have a real pool. Nate feels betray ...more
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio - 5 stars
Story - 3.75 stars

This was a great story and I can see why it received so many 5 star ratings. I personally found it mostly depressing, and would have appreciated an epilogue.

3,5 stars.

I was VERY close more than once to give up and to DNF it.

But the author convinced me with her story and her writing style at the end, even if it wasn't a love from the first sight. My problem has never been Cody, a trailer trash, my problem was
an overdosed melodramatic plot
awkward sex scenes

But still it was something in this book...something human, touching, that was stronger than all my eye-rolls, stronger than my inner skepticism, something that kept me on reading.

And at the
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
have to get these words out now, before I walk away from the world I was just in. I know this sounds weird, but I just this second finished reading this book and I didn't want to leave the world inside the pages. I know the words in my head will all disappear and I'll end up writing just *I loved it* and hell, this needs much more than that.

Not only is this the most beautiful story I have ever read, it is gut wrenching, heart breaking, and stunning. I cried ugly tears, I smiled, I cheered, I di
Trailer Trash is Marie Sexton's first YA novel. Set in the mid-1980's, it really took me back to my own high school years (I am a year younger than the MC's, who were in their senior year of high school during this book). Honestly, I'm not terribly nostalgic for the 80's. I like a wide variety of music from that era, but the hair and the clothes...let's just not think about that, shall we. None the less, Marie Sexton captures it all perfectly.

The main thing to remember about the 80's, though, i
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, recommended
4.5 stars

Loved Nate and Cody together 💖
OMG, this was so good. I got very emotional reading this and that's not easy to do; I'm pretty tough. :) But this one, it got me right in the feels. Cody's mom, I wasn't sure about her in the beginning, but she is possibly one of the best mothers I have read about. She is far from perfect, but her love for Cody is absolute, and she did whatever was needed to take care of him, even going without. The moments with her and Cody are what made me want to cry. She was so down and out of luck, my heart ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction
It’s 1986, the year I left college and the world was waiting for me to take it by the horns – lol! It’s funny to think that a story written in this period can now be classed as an historical – AAARGH! That’s why I haven’t labelled it here in my review as I’m feeling old enough already without having to state the fact in the genre listing – lol! This was a trip down memory lane, Falcon Crest, Dallas, shoulder pads, Rubik’s Cube, trim phones, Yazoo, Culture Club, OMD, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, ...more
Sometimes a book needs to gather (virtual) dust on your hoard before you finally get the chance to be engrossed on its goodness. This what happens with me and Trailer Trash . In attempt to do a little cleaning of my mountain-like to-read folder, I decided to pick it up yesterday. Boy, did I make a good decision.

I thought this was a wonderful, WONDERFUL, read. Set in the 1980s, in a dying town of Warren, Wyoming, it's a story about two young man from opposite sides of the track who find each o
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been on a YA m/m kick so have been re-reading a few of my favourites ...

4.5 stars

This was just lovely and perfect if you're looking for a YA story of two boys making it against all odds. As a child of the 80s (although I think I was a few years behind these guys), I particularly enjoyed all the 80s references ... like the preppy kids who need to wear a bunch of swatch watches and dress in labels like esprit and guess?! And then the smoking on planes ... WTF?!? I can't believe that actually
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Absolutely wonderful story about first love between two young men in their late teens, set in a rural US town in the mid 1980s.

The historical details were spot on, the era before internet and mobile phones existed. The AIDS pandemic is making headlines in the newspapers, stirring up fear in the two young men. There's a lot of angst in this story; about being gay, about AIDS, about school bullies, about peer pressure, about expectations from parents, about having little control of you
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Pixie by: Sara Beth
This is a book that I would have never read had it not been rec’d to me for a variety of reasons and it turns out those reasons were exactly what made the book so great.
The first boy I ever cared for (I refrain from saying love cause I just think we were too young) I met while in 6th grade living in Waynesville, MO in 1990. There were a whole host of things I noticed about him as it became apparent he noticed me but…. Waynesville was a very racist place at the time. We shouldn’t have been datin
A beautiful and moving story of two young men finding themselves, and each other, in a time when it was terrifying to do so.

Get ready to have your heart pummeled because Marie Sexton put her boxing gloves on for this one.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, ya-na
4 plus stars

Fuck you, and fuck David Lee Roth too."

This was my first Marie Sexton. And I loved it.

Closing the book, I was filled with '80's nostalgia and craving a cigarette (and I don't even smoke). Sexton captured perfectly the land of 1980's high school in small, rural, white America (trust me I know - though I have to concede my school wasn't to the extreme of Walter Warren High). From the swatch watches, Sony Walkmans, Converse, Levi's 501's, Benetton sweaters, Depeche Mode references
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it


‘When it’s dark enough, you can see the stars.’

Set in 1986, in the time of home-made cassette tapes and the growing AIDS epidemic is a beautiful coming of age love story. A friends to lover’s story with an ugly and painful setting – violence, poverty, ignorance and judgement.

Trailer Trash had such a strong element of realness and was very character driven. Beautifully written with a melancholy yet hopeful tone of voice from two lads who came from very different sides of the socio econo
Wow. Just wow.

This is such a feel good story about love and hope. It has a hard earned HEA and I love how perfectly and delicately the author handled the topics of social/economic inequality and stigmas in this small town of Warren, Wyoming. The author does a great job bridging the gap between these opposite boys, Nate and Cody, who weren’t so different in the ways that mattered, and spun a beautiful story of friendship and love that thrives against all odds.

Logan is an absolutely amazing chara
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5 stars from me. Hells Bells!! I can’t get used to the fact that the 80’s is now regarded as history, groans...but to read stories like this one, which take you back to those times and reinforce what it was like for young teenagers in the back of beyond who basically had no knowledge whatsoever about AIDS and were reliant on newspaper articles, the frightening stories that were told and the rumours that were circulated, how it was spread, were there any preventative measures and basically ju
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
oh that was so much fun! I loved all the 80's references... David Lee Roth and parachute pants, Sony walkmans and record players, that was awesome. And the story was a-dor-a-ble!

Did the audio version and John Solo was just incredible.
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
This is definitely one of my favorite covers of the year. I loved the cover model, and the way the script is written.
When I read the blurb I was all like yes this is for me!!! Then I started reading it and it’s YA. At first, I got mad or a little perturbed because YA isn’t my genre of choice, but since I have it I was going to read it. I’m super happy that I did read it. I enjoyed it. I loved the way the author gave us the authenticity of the time, the people, the events in the world and the clo
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars.

A trip down Memory Lane

I requested this ARC when I saw that this was set in the 80s. I grew up back then and the main characters in this one would be only slightly older now than I am. I experienced it all.

Smoking was still allowed on planes. Cassettes and recorders. Weird hair. Weird clothes. The panic when AIDS first made a public appearance. Good music! Isn't 80s muisc awesome? ;)

Nate comes from good stock. He moved from Austin, TX to a small town in the boonies of Wyoming when his
"Hey, when it's dark enough, you can see the stars"
"I only see the dark"
"Me too"
"Guess it gives us a reason to keep looking up"

I haven't read all of Marie's books so far. But as far as I know, Trailer Trash is going to be one of her best work for me.
Honestly, at some scenes, I had to close the book for a while, and thinking, stared at the wall, mostly crying.

This is a journey through a memory lane, where in 1986, AIDS was still scary, not much information about how it spread, and wh
2 stars = It was ok.

I’m just going to go with the standard “it’s me and not you” about this book.

I just didn’t get it.

I didn’t feel it. Well, that isn’t true. There was a lot I did feel but the majority of that was the secondary stories and not the story I think I was supposed to feel.

I feel like the relationship between these two boys was off the page more than it was on the page and I never really understood the connection. They spent the Summer together but we got only a slight glimpse of tha
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Marie Sexton did a great job with the setting and feel of the 1980's (yes I remember it well - too well if you ask my husband and daughter), the fear of AIDS and the panic that ramped up the homophobia and the timeless story of teenage cliques and small town class divides.

The romance between Cody and Nate is a slow build. The two have such different points of reference for almost everything. Nate is just discovering his homosexuality while Cody is quite comfortable with his. Cody is living in p
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Not sure if this one for me. I think it's set around the year I was born. 80s references often go right over my head...
Lila Hunter
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking, but beautiful.

My View: Trailer Trash isn't an easy read. It's filled with information, character development, setting & placement, and so much more. The author did an excellent job making a story set in the eighties relevant, bringing a growing relationship to the forefront during the AIDS epidemic.

I'm not a YA reader, but Nate and Cody captivated me from the very beginning. I got invested in them, their town, and their hopes. I felt their pain and wished with them for a brigh
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Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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