“I’m Mandy, and I’m bi.”
“My name’s Cole, and I identify as gay.”
“Terry, and if you can’t tell I’m gay, you need your brain checked, okay?”
This book is all about the characters. Much as I enjoy a good mystery or adventure story, the fast pace and nail-biting tension, character driven novels will always occupy a special place in my heart. I love getting to know the protagonists inside-out, love uncovering their strengths and flaws, their secrets and darkest fears. Long before the heroes in this book become intimately involved, E.L. Esch takes the time to introduce them to the reader, and does it brilliantly.
Dante Mathers, college student, fifth year, has a track record for being dishonest with himself, and is about to undergo the biggest, scariest change of his life.
Some books are just so much fun to read. Much as I enjoy an emotional rollercoaster that will rip my heart out and trample the life out of it before putting it back together, it’s nice every now and then to get lost in a story that is pure entertainment. The book I’ve giving away today fits squarely into this category.
On my seventh birthday, my parents gave me a Dr. Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat.
I still have the book; it rests on the shelf above my desk, along with other Seuss works I’ve collected. Inside The Cat in the Hat’s cover, my mother wrote an inscription, using her precise penmanship.
This was my first foray into the work of Jere’ M. Fishback, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. What a compelling read this turned out to be, part coming-of-age tale, part romance. I also completely fell in love with the protagonist. Despite his flaws, his tendency to sleep around and give his heart away too easily, Andy won me over from the outset. He stands up for his ideals with a strength even he didn’t realize he possessed, and this, coupled with a genuine kindness, had me rooting for him to find the happiness he deserved.
It’s 1975, and Anita Bryant’s homophobic “Save Our Children” crusade rages through Florida. When Andy Hunsinger, a closeted gay college student, joins in a demonstration protesting Bryant’s appearance in Tallahassee, his straight boy image is shattered when he’s “outed” by a TV news reporter. In the months following, Andy discovers just what it means to be an openly gay in a society that condemns love between two men. Can Andy’s friendship with Travis, a devout Christian who’s fighting his own sexual urges, develop into something deeper?
“I sneaked a peek at your notes, and you sneaked a peek of me in the locker room.”
Ethan felt his cheeks turn fifty shades of red. A lump of air caught in his throat. Panic zipped across his face.