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New Boy at the Academy (Tales from the Academy, #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Timmy had no clue that the first day of 10th grade at the Academy would rock his world. He thought it would be just like last year, with its endless bullying and recesses spent reshelving books in the library with his best and only friend Carleen. The sissy boy and the fat girl had bonded over their shared outcast status. But Carleen shows up filled with sassy confidence a ...more
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Published March 25th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Amy Dufera
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it

New Boy at the Academy is an interesting coming of age romance.

The setting of the south, and the time period, are captured well, allowing the reader to fully be immersed in the action.

Timmy struggles with high school and his new-found feelings for Doug. Growing up in a religious and homophobic part of the south has definitely influenced his views on homosexuality.

I absolutely love Timmy's aunt. She's a breath of fresh air in this world of people who don't have Timmy's back. As for
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Jennifer Shanahan
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
Story circa 1980's of Timmy who is gay, is going into his soph year at a Baptist school, along with his best friend clumsy sweet Carleen. They meet the new kid super good-looking Doug at school--turns out he is also very sweet and also wants to be friends with them, too. Eventually it turns out that Doug is gay too and slowly they grow to have feelings for each other. A lot of other things are going on in the story as well, though, bullying/violence which is not surprising considering the timer ...more
Ralph Denney
Not bad for a first book

I might have given a lower rating if it wasn't apparently Sam Hawk's first book. I also realized my criticism on his characterizations was unfounded since as a semi-autobiography the characters came, at least partly, from his own memories of high school. I was also pleased to find that from about the mid-point on, 'New Boy' became a progressively stronger and enjoyable read.

I'm withholding final judgement until his next book, which I'm looking forward to.
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Patti Downing
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I've read in a really long time. I love an interesting character with a strong voice, and Hawk did not disappoint. This story of young gay love in the deep south is compelling and heart breaking. But, at the same time, Hawk finds a way to dabble in a good dose of humor.


New Boy is a story that transcends generations, and there's something in here for everyone. As a bonus, the book's setting in the 1980s makes it a wonderful read for those of us who
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Dana Gross
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I want to thank Netgalley for providing me an Arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book was an interesting read.
Violence and bullying aside it was a really good read.
I loved the characters and found myself wanting to know more and more.
It was really well written so I give it 3 stars.
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Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This one is interesting to me.

First, a bit about the plot. Timmy is starting 10th grade at a Baptist Academy (a southern school) in 1980, he comes from a devout family (even though his parents are divorced). His best friend, Carleen, chubby and unapologetic is convinced they are going to have the best year ever. Her prediction seems likely when they arrive at school to find out the new kid, Doug is gorgeous. In addition to being cute, Doug is sweet and seems to want to be friends with Timmy. ...more
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