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Lock & West

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  558 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Note To Self: Just Dont Be Weird

Lock is awkward. He cant make eye contact, counts when hes nervous and has to remind himself several times a day how normal teens behave. Homeschooled most of his life, hes resigned himself to a friendless existence at his new Atlanta high school.

Until he meets West.

List Of Reasons Why My Life Is A Mess: How Much Time Do You Have?

Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by 7 Sisters Publishing, LLC
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Leaf of Absence
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Just when I tell myself Im never going to read another book about teenagers ever again, I find just the right emo high school tale that sucks me right in. These kids have troubles, but theyre also real - they drink and smoke weed and have extracurricular sex. Their families are fucked up and as much as Lock and West like each other, they have to work through their respective problems before they get to have their happy ending.

Anyway, I liked this a lot. I woulda liked this a lot when I was in
Anyta Sunday
That got angsty. Still, very good YA read. Easy flow, good voice. LOVED the lists and notes opening the chapters. Funny AND emotional.

Lisa The Novel Approach
4.5 Stars

Its obvious Alexander C. Eberhart did not set out to write a fluffy teen romance when he penned Lock & West. He absolutely succeeded in not doing that. The characters whove lent their name to the title of this Young Adult novel carry some baggage that should cause you to heed the warning in the blurb. The instances of sexual abuse mentioned include rape (off-page), attempted rape (on-page), with ongoing physical intimidation and assault that readers witness firsthand. There is also
Fiv☆ing excellent. Likable and believable characters deal with some dark shit, but without becoming depressing.

I'm not going to try write a coherent or reasoned review. This is much more like The Art of Starving or Last Seen Leaving than Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which it seems is how I prefer my gay YA content, because I really loved this one too.

The main couple's parents are not the perfect accepting fantasy parents that show up in a lot of YA. I am usually not here for family
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is nothing but perfect. Fell in love with the characters from the very first two chapters until the end.

This book is so much more than just a gay love story. It'll definitely make you laugh a thousand times (all the characters are hilarious) but it'll make you cry too.

Lock and West both have a messed-up life but they fit perfectly together.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I rarely if ever write book reviews but for this one I just had to because it is really exceptional and close to home for me. There are a lot of heavy subjects in this book, but it never seems forced, because the characters have depth and you get real insights about how they feel. Some parts might be kind of hard to read, which just goes to show what a great job he did writing this book. Especially noteworthy is the fact how the topic of eating disorders is handled. Alexander really captures the ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: worst, 2019, lgbt
i'm sick of gay suffering and how inescapable it is, how people seem to believe we're unable to exist without out, how it's the only defining thing of our existence. i'm sick of how we're tortured even in fiction. i'm sick of not being able to experience something warm and sweet without being gutted beforehand. every story is the same, ripping us to shreds like we can't be relatable without it. i just want One story without the heartache and the pain and the assault and the hatred. i just want ...more
First of all, don't let the length of this novel deter you. This is the shortest 500+ page read you'll cruise through.

The drama ---and there's loads of it--- in Lock's life AND in West's, is enough to fill three novels. This turns out to be a good thing as it keeps you reading these short chapters, told in their alternating voices.

Buffering the angst are some amazing friends and family members in both of the main characters' lives. And the hope for a true relationship between Lock and West looms
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotional, funny and angsty YA which kept me reading till the wee hours because "damn it are the kids going to be ok" is all I could think of and just could not put it down.

This author is new to me and I will be interested to see where he goes from here.
c, (½ of readsrainbow)
Rep: mixed race (black, white) gay mc with anxiety, gay mc with PTSD & eating disorder, paraplegic side character, side character with post-traumatic bipolar disorder

CWs: eating disorder, purging, past sexual assault (flashbacks, description), brief sexual assault scene (forcing a kiss), groping, attempted rape scene, homophobic language, child abuse (one scene), attempted suicide (side character)

* this is gonna make it sound like i didn't like this book but i did! i rly liked it. however,

Kevin Craig
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lock & West FTW

This is but exactly the messy, chaotic, sweet gay teen romance I didn't know I needed so badly. So tumultuous and endearing. Every emotion. All the feels.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Folks, this is one hell of a book. Several times from start to finish, Lock & West quite literally (meaning metaphorically, but effect, you know?) broke my bones. It's funny and cute and sad and terrible and I wish I could say that I didn't cry through most of the middle of it, but I did. I ugly-cried.

By means of alternating points of view (chapters of which are opened with either a list or a note-to-self, bless), Lock & West tells the story of two teenage boys fighting through a slough
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OK so,,,, I finished this book in 2 days and,,, holy fuck.
This was so emotional in every point of the story. We were not even half way through and everything went down hill at the speed of light, and when it was already at the bottom, it dug all the ground to make more end.

What's the story about?
Lock(Lanchan), is a very anxious boy who just moved to a new town and school because of family issues. He dedicated all his life to watch out for his younger brotherJack. Their mom has been worked up
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
It's 2.5* for the characters, not the plot

When I was telling someone about the over-the-top ridiculousness of this book, they voiced something I had been thinking too: this story seems like a cynical author wrote it on a dare, trying to fit in as many hot-button issues as possible. I'm sure that isn't the case at all, but maybe it's notable my friend and I both questioned it.

This story includes, in no particular order: (view spoiler)
Amalie Jahn
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book stole my entire heart in the best possible way. I laughed, I cried, and I pulled so hard for Lock and West page after painstaking page. What I loved best about this book, told in dual POVs, is the authenticity of both MCs voices. Lock literally jumps off the page at you, so real and misunderstood. And West? The more I got to know him, the more in love with him I fell.

Eberhart has crafted a masterclass in plot and voice and character development in one fell swoop. The themes of this
Ishaan B
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book ties in so many themes of struggle and genuine romance that it is sometimes hard to keep up with all of the twist and turns that Lock and West face. However, this book blew me away with every word, and really pushed the boundaries of my emotions to stir dialogue about tough topics. This novel was so thought-provoking, sweet, beautiful, and elegantly put together. I fell in love with each character, especially the unlikely friendship and love between Lock and West, and will likely pick ...more
Patrick Hodges
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story:

Lock is a shy, closeted sixteen-year-old boy, transplanted with his little brother and alcoholic mother to Atlanta. West is a rich classmate whos watching his life spiral out of control. The two quickly realize theres a spark between them, but can they explore it when everything in their lives conspires to drive them apart?

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Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
First book I read and finished this year, and it left me with mixed feelings.
I liked it, and I liked Lock and West (and Chels, Jill and Jack) and, even though I felt like my heart couldn't handle what was happening, I kept on reading hoping these boys would get the happiness they deserved. But this was angsty. Like REALLY ANGSTY. I wasn't expecting that degree of suffering. And I hated that this book tackled some heavy topics that weren't even properly addressed by the end.
Jennifer  Ali
Young adult definitely isnt my go to.

Main reason: I prefer my scenes when they dont fade to black....:)

But god this was good! It was angsty emotional, awkward and so real.

A solid 4 stars!
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
So much drama. Too much drama.

Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtiaq
More like 3'5 stars
Tony Williamson,jr.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hang on for the ride!

This book will make you howl with laughter and cry in agony. I even threw out a few curses at a couple characters. But, what an amazing read it is!
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritos-2019, lgbt
So the authors note I the end said;

I hope you laughed, cried, swore off crabs after eating a whole sleeve of Oreos, promised to vote in your next eligible elections, and at last learned to love. If you failed to do any or all those things, I hope at least you enjoyed the book.

And to say I say; yes, I loved (LOVED in all caps, even) the book. I love its characters, who are so real its freaky. I loved the pacing, I loved the relationships and I loved how the story just felt right even if (maybe)
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
A Little Too Fast Paced

The main with me is character development and the author did a good job with that, what I wasn't a huge fan of was that there was not enough time to build the MC character's relationship so when "love" came into play it sort of fell flat. The story lines were great but I felt like Lock was thinking of himself (rightfully so) more than West who he supposedly likes. West's storyline was more interesting to me but it seemed like all he could think of was Lock so idk the
Eric Neill
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes things get messed up.

Sometimes things go right. Most things happen without a plan. The best things happen at night. But if you are a mess and avoid the limelight, You will fit right in with Lock and West, their friends, and families. They are different. They are the same. They deal with problems, but love remains. Drama or play, comedy and reality, the plays the thing to catch the conscious of the boyfriend
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, ya-na, abuse
Wow this was everything but the kitchen sink angst! I would have liked a little less drama and a lot more relationship development before I could believe in a HFN for these two kids.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This was a great book! It was a bit intense at times, but it was real. Would recommend as long as you are ready to feel a roller coaster of emotions.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I torture myself with books that feature topics that trigger me but oh boy am I glad that I did with this one. This was so so good and I loved every second of it.

Trigger Warning: Abuse, Anxiety, Cheating, Drinking, ED, Homophobia, Manipulation, PTBD, Rape, Self-Harm, Suicide, Self-Destructing thoughts

Lock & West are polar opposites. Where Lock is quite and shy, West is loud and outgoing. What they have in common is a ton of secrets and and undeniable attraction
Trigger warning: (view spoiler)

This book is criminally underrated!

I went into the book almost absolutely blind. I read just the first few sentences of the blurb. This story is not a fluffy romance about two boys finding each other, pink glasses and that whole shebang. This story is filled with heavy topics, messy relationships and angsty -but rightfully
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ALEXANDER grew up in the Metro Atlanta Area his entire life, moving from suburb to suburb, just on the outskirts of the city. Hes always had a passion for writing, even from a young age. He still lives on the cusp of Atlanta, inching his way ever closer to finally becoming the City Dweller hes always wanted to be.

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