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Conjoined at the Soul

(Seasons of Chadham High #2)

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  17 reviews
How hard can getting a boyfriend be? Randy’s about to find out.

Randy Clark has just looked in the mirror and figured out he’s gay. So now, all he needs is a boyfriend, and finding one should be easy enough, right? The trouble is Randy has a knack for being attracted to the wrong kind of guy, like the one who hasn’t spoken to him since he told him he had pretty eyes. Then t
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Paperback, Second Edition, 225 pages
Published February 12th 218 by NineStar Press
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Xia Xia Lake
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, no, lgbt
*Free exchange for an honest review for MMRG under the DBML Program*


I must admit it was a struggle for me to finish this book. It may be because this was YA and I stopped reading YA when I turned 20. It might be because through the years I started craving complex plot and complex characters, and Conjoined at the Soul has none of that. Whatever it was, I hope it was only a "this was not for me" thing and the book was better than I saw it. There are many 4 and 5 stars reviews from people who appre
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Joyfully Jay
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


This newly revised and re-released work by Huston Piner may not have the same impact as his first novel, but there is still quite a bite to his story. Dealing with everything from interracial couples to coming out, this novel uses humor to soften what can only be described as the most tumultuous and nasty of sophomore years a student could encounter. While I wasn’t a huge fan of how the author handled the abusive encounters between Gene and Randy, I could also appre
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Sama
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion

This is a fun cute contemporary about a young guy who is trying to cope with the new discovery that he is gay. He struggles with trying to find other gay guys to date at his school as it is set in 1979 and no one was out and about at the time.

The writing of the story is okay, it's very fast-paced and light, you could definitely finish this in one sitting. It's perfect for people who look a good mushy teen flick, e
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Mimi
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arc
"Today is a day of historic importance. See, I woke up this morning and discovered I’m gay. I know I know I know, it’s not quite that simple. I didn’t just go to bed last night as the straight Randy Clark only to have the gay pixie come and sprinkle fairy dust all over me in my sleep."


Boy oh boy, am I in a pickle here. On one hand, I just want to give this book all the stars because it was an ordinary romance/coming-of-age novel featuring a gay protagonist, and in a way, that already ticks all
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Lou~Silver Medalist in DNF's
*Free exchange for an honest review for MMRG under the DBML Program*

I feel quite conflicted about this book as I wanted to like it far more than I did. The writing made it easy reading, but there was a peculiar distance keeping me from taking that final step to suspend belief, and so I didn’t become immersed in the characters. Maybe it was the characters themselves as I wasn’t really a fan of Randy’s.

I really liked the way the interaction between Randy and Mitch panned out. It illustrated the di
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meep
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, net-galley
I have to say i am not a fan. The writing style was just not for me. The story line in the blurb sounded wonderful but i just could not connect to the characters. pretty predictable and a bit stereotypical. i had high hopes for this book..

There is not enough LGBT coming of age books. this one is however set in the 1970's so not modern day. I laughed a bit and i cringed a bit i hope you can give this book a chance!
Jamie Deacon
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up is never easy, but growing up gay in a small-minded town towards the end of the 1970s is a potential minefield of missteps and unwanted attention. Huston Piner does a great job cataloguing the ups and downs of high school as experienced by Randy Clark, a tenth grader with a tendency to overdramatize and the knack for becoming entangled in complex situations. The narrative takes the reader on a journey of friendship, misunderstandings and falling in love, all told with authenticity and ...more
Huston Piner
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My totally biased opinion is that this is the best book I've ever written! I hope you like it too!
Roberta Blablanski
CW/TW: bullying, racism, antisemitism, homophobia, hate crime, use of racial and ethnic epithets


Conjoined at the Soul is Book Two of the Chadham High series. I haven’t read Book One (My Life as a Myth) in the series, but I don’t think that’s required. I did not feel lost or that I was missing anything while reading Conjoined at the Soul.


Randy Clark is a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore in late 1979, and is coming to terms with his sexuality. The book opens with Randy admitting to himself t
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Rece Johnson
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**4.5/5.0
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. I flew through this book because the writing was so great and the characters were all interesting in their own way. The many relationships were amazing and at times I found myself forgetting the time frame that this took place, however their were constant refrences throughout the book that reminded me about this. I will continue to read all works that are published of Huston Piner's.
Hailey Schraeder
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I would like to sincerely thank NineStar Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Conjoined at the Soul is an Own Voices story of highschool freshman Randy as he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood.

Randy's character underwent so much growth throughout the story. He begins as a naive, idealistic boy who is willing to take attention wherever he can get it. It was difficult and at times heartbreaking to see him making mistakes and poor decis
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Morwen
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-this-book
Once again, Huston Piner has given us a coming of age tale that rings painfully true. His protagonist, Randy Clark, is so familiar to me from my own adolescence, and in fact, the entire cast of characters feels like people I knew and grew up with myself.

This is a remarkably deft and often humorous look at life as a gay teen in a time and place where that sort of thing was not cool, not cool at all. Of course, cool or not, it existed, and the rituals of teenage acceptance clash with Randy's journ
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Marion
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So sweet and so normal. Why everyone can't be just like that last waitress and accept people like they are and for who they are. Nice little book about tolerance, love and selfrespect.

Waiting for your next book !
Anthony Paull
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, glbt
A sugar and spice escape into the high school life of a gay teenager! Such fun!
Alexsilverx
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Enjoyable read!
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this was a remarkable book...you know why,coz it was primarily focused on the coming out story and the hardships that are endured.Its the story about a 16year old guy randy Clark who is gay in the 1970's era.. we are shown his life and that of his friends and being honest it was sad the struggles they had to endure it is so sad the bullying,the racial, religion and sexual prejudice they had to undergo
Nevertheless the book had a few discrepancies.... it was being stereotypical,just because Annie
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Jenni Frencham
Because of my work on the 2016 Stonewall Book Awards, I cannot publish my opinions on any children's or YA book with LGBTQ+ characters or themes. I may update these reviews after the announcement of the 2016 Stonewall Book Awards.
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Huston Piner always wanted to be a writer but realized from an early age that learning to read would have to take precedence. A voracious reader, he loves nothing more than a well-told story, a glass of red, and music playing in the background. His writings focus on ordinary gay teenagers and young adults struggling with their orientation in the face of cultural prejudice and the evolving influenc ...more

Other books in the series

Seasons of Chadham High (3 books)
  • My Life as a Myth (Seasons of Chadham High, #1)
  • The Breaths We Take (Seasons of Chadham High, #3)
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