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The story had a well transition from the first book to the second book[Contains spoilers, lotsa spoilers because how do you review without spoilers?]
The story had a well transition from the first book to the second book first of all. There hasn't been too drastic changes from the first one to this one but there is still the feeling of everything has been shifting since book one, especially the way kids on the school perceives the LGTB community and coping up with the school shooting.
All is well, until there is a trouble in paradise. People would probably cringed with this but I liked that the story didn't go too much like a high-school drama for me. That the author gave more back story and personality to Emily as well as eventually Matthew. It's no walk in the park, whatever happened (a couple of freaking times) between John and Nick but maybe that's why I love them both as fictional characters-they're not too much of a fiction. John leads us to his everyday life of consistent observation and consciousness while Nick give us just pure (Heh.) untainted love and positive outlook on things. It's also funny that people underestimated him but I saw him as a guy who actually take proper action at certain time, not like any asshole-jock-gay-turned-nice-boyfriend characters I have encountered. For example, the moment where John was basically screaming at him to stay away from Emily and he held it off as long as he can for a hope that he can still have his old friend and the love of his life, get together. But when he knew the moment will never come, he promised to stay away even before he really saw Emily for what real trouble she is.
The let me talk about the part where John got rapped. It was no joke, and you can feel that as you read it and it was quite sick because you can't really write rape without people feeling sick. But then, you see a human in John, on how getting raped is not the reason to give up. To turn it around and survive. Do not let me start on Matthew as a victim tho. I can't handle thinking he got this same abuse with his own father. Just. /shakes head.
Now let me get started on Nick and John on being fathers and married right off high-school. One, I don't actually see why not. Nick and John practically worked their asses off to get to live independently and solve their problems that most mature people can't even do. Getting married? I'm actually happy in their universe, gay marriage is available in their state. (I only know few, so) and again, I didn't find it questionable about them wanted it to tie it already. We've read their actions and feelings to each other and Nick, I'm proud of him that never once, he hesitated showing his love since he newly known that he's into guys (well maybe, into John /wink), so no question there.
Overall, it's an epic coming-out love story. It's refreshing and deadly because, wow, the feelings it brings. There is no moment you'll be bored out of your seat. I recommend this to all high-school drama fans, even suspense-genre fans! Juan Alvarado really deserves every bit of recognition for his work....more