Tams gives this one 5 Stars...
Doug Archer has been questioning his sexuality for a while now. After making a pass at his best friend and roommate, Chris, Doug has to entertain the idea that he just might be attracted to the same sex. Add to that a date with Sam Garber, who at the time was dressed like a chick, and Doug's sexual identity is in crisis. He worries about what his parents will think, what his other teammates might say and Doug really doesn't like labels.
Sam Garber was only wearing a dress the night of the party because he lost a bet. As much as he enjoyed the time he spent with Doug, the abuse he's suffered at the hands of his homophobic father causes Sam to deny his feelings for Doug. He even goes so far as to cut off his gorgeous hair and date a girl, all in an attempt to prove to his father and himself that he's straight. But the heart wants what the heart wants. Stolen moments and shared kisses start to chip away at Sam's resolve where Doug is concerned. While Doug quickly discovers his concerns while valid with some, are not a concern at all with most. He is ever patient with Sam while he struggles to come to terms with the fact that he's in love with Doug.
Wade Kelly is an auto buy for me. I don't even have to know what the story is about, I know I'm going to love it. Her stories are real, raw and poetic. Her characters are broken but beautiful, their struggles are real and they have depth because of the reality to their storylines. I think it's Kelly's faith that gives her the ability to create these perfectly flawed characters and make the reader not only relate to them, but root for them as well. What I enjoyed most about this story in particular was how both young men struggled with similar identity crisis, but eventually found their way. Especially Doug. He was so patient with Sam and that just made his character much more endearing for me.
Definitely a must read for those that are a fan of the Author and, or the series. Readers who like detailed stories, hard fought happy ever afters and stories about young adults that are drowning in angst will surely enjoy this book as well. I highly recommend starting with the first Jock book though if you're new or you'll be lost. But that's just my two cents.
Wade Kelly lives and writes in conservative, small-town America on the east coast where it’s not easy to live free and open in one's beliefs. Wade writes passionately about controversial issues and strives to make a difference by making people think. Wade does not have a background in writing or philosophy, but still draws from personal experience to ponder contentious subjects on paper. There is a lot of pain in the world and people need hope. When not writing, she is thinking about writing, and more than likely scribbling ideas on sticky notes in the car while playing "taxi driver" for her children. She likes snakes, can’t spell, and has a tendency to make people cry.