A Secret Edge
I must had teared up four or five times throughout the text. I laughed out loud on occasion too. I was surprised at how sexy it was and that a female author captured a teen gay ma ...more
Initially Jason is troubled by dreams that he's having about other boys. He tries to redirect his attractions to girls, ...more
Already in this novel one finds the Reardon magic, offering likeable characters with intricate lives and complex issues. The main character, Jason, is an orphan who was then adopted by his a ...more
I enjoyed this book but felt the motivations of some of the characters were underdeveloped. The most perplexing is the love interest, Raj. I know this book was written in first person so Raj's motives were as unclear as they were to the narrator, but by the book's end I was still baffled and didn't feel that the 'happy ending' was earned. Still, there is a lot to like about it.
"Never you mind," as Cloris Leachman says to her much young lover Timothy Bottoms at the end of The Last Picture Show. And through my tears, that's how I feel after all that sweet, confused, proud, brave, and ultimately confident Jason has been through in A Secret Edge.
"Never you mind," because there's no wrong time to encounter Jason and the other characters in this moving novel. It's just that everybody should.
If you've ever wondered wh ...more
I have two main pet peeves while reading: non-stop references to pop culture, and book/movie spoilers. Like WHY did you spoil that movie/book for me. UGHH.
Anyways, I can now understand FINALLY why people hate instalove and love triangle. It usually doesn't bother me but this book kinda has both. You can already see the ending on freaking page 8 and the relationship was just too underdeveloped for them to start saying i love yous lol.
Jason is 16 years old and the classical ...more
So what impressed me? The story set-up is straightforward enough: 16 year old small town high school athlete starts to realize he’s gay, struggles to tell his family while pretending to everyone at school he’s straight, meets another gay athlete who is not ...more
However, it's probably more aimed at older teenagers or those who are starting to come out (or their supportive friends), as to someone like me who's been out for a few years, parts of it seemed a bit old hat.
A few things that niggled:
It was obvious that the author was trying to get factual information across to the reader, and in some places that really jarred. In the middle of a page of conversation, out of nowhere, you'd get ...more
Dealing with issues from coming out, violence and non-violence, family acceptance and non-acceptance, troubled pasts, and the usual fears of coming of age, this story depicts a boy who realizes he is gay and begins to accept it.
Jason Peele is just beginning to understand he is gay, but he not only deals with that, and coming out to his family, but also with the bullies at school, and the boy he likes. He establishes a relationship with Raj, and they connect through Gandhi and movies and their re...more
Again, the characters, like in Thinking Straight, are rich and complex. I liked even the bullies, who were not created to be 'bad guys' in a world of black and white, but rather adversaries with their own desires and struggles. The world building is well done, with many of the moral actions landing in the realm of greys, rather than absolutes.
The real problem was the romance in the book - the love interest was a superior-acting, reserved guy that didn't really talk to the character, but they fell madly in love.
I just couldn't relate to this book o ...more