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Ulysses Dietz | 1574 comments I haven't reviewed this, and think I won't - NOT because I didn't like it. I am a little conflicted about the book and don't want to undermine it...

Danny Hay and Luke Jamison are adorable and lovable. And Luke's a redhead, so I was lost from the first use of the word "ginger." I loved them as individuals (feckless and frustrating, but hey, they're teenage boys! I have one and they're like that.)

However, I was expecting YA - but it's really t/t romance (twink-twink). On the one hand, Inman beautifully captures the awkward, innocent, yearning world of horny teenage gay boys experiencing first love. On the other hand, the book is far too filled with Danny and Luke's sexual activity. I know teenage boys are constantly horny, but after the first couple of adorably awkward and really touching scenes, it got, well, porny. I didn't want to read teenage porn. There were two major scenes, maybe three, that were both erotic and truly at the core of the emotional issues of this blossoming relationship; the rest was too much icing on the cake. So to speak.

I totally accept insta-love - as a fictional romantic device, it's as old as literature and I believe in it. And the approach to the dreaded "three little words" was very lovingly and authentically approached in this book. It needs some handling, and Inman did it just fine.

Finally, the tone of the book is slightly comic and giddy - and yet one major plot point turns around a serial killer who is offing handsome young men the same age as the protagonists. Um, mood-killer? It sort of felt like the film "The Goonies" (which I hated, BTW). "Stand by Me" (adolescents finding a dead body) was quiet and sober, and chilling, but ultimately about loyalty and love. I think a more sober tone overall to this would have made the dark plotline feel less inappropriately farcical. Serial killers are never funny. Never.

So, tell me what to rate this. In some ways I loved every minute of it; but it also frustrated me with its inconsistent tone.

message 2: by Octobercountry (new)

Octobercountry | 1169 comments Mod
Hmmm, I'm not sure how I'd react to such a book. Over the past few years I've come across a few teen romance novels which turned out to be fairly explicit in terms of sexual content. Maybe they'd be okay if I were reading them when I was the same age as the protagonists, but reading them as an adult? Ugh, seems kind of creepy, and these books give off a distinctly pervy vibe. I'm really not comfortable with these sorts of stories.

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