27th May 2009
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
27th May 2009
This was a pretty hot release for something that is supposed to be aimed for young adults. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but it didn’t read like the books that I was reading when I was a young teenager. Believe me, that’s a good thing. Tomas has managed to catch all of the intensity and emotions of a first love and pack it into words that had me remembering my first teenage fumblings.
When one first meets someone in high school, it’s all fumbling and groping and thwarted meetings. It’s super hyped-up emotions and being so horny that one thinks of screaming and falling in love in under a week. This book took all of that, set it at a Catholic boarding school and came up with something that’s truly special.
Jacob Smithson has a bit of a temper. He’s been kicked out of public school for fighting. As a last resort, his parents enroll him at a Catholic boarding school. Jacob, not being Catholic, doesn’t quite know what to make of going to mass and things of that nature, but he does see something that makes going to mass a bit more interesting. One of the altar boys looks like a fallen angel to Jacob and he’s determined to meet him.
Lucky for Jacob, the angelic altar boy, Avery, shares his fascination. Jacob and Avery are inseparable from the start. The problem lies in trying to find time and secrecy to be alone with each other and, for Jacob, staying out of trouble so he can stay in school with Avery.
When taunts from some of their schoolmates push Jacob too far, it looks like the boys will be separated permanently. The question is, will the intensity of their feelings be enough to get them through some serious struggles?
I’m so happy to have a title that I can recommend to some of our readers who may not be of age to read some of the other novels we’ve recommended. This is a gorgeous work and I’m so happy to have the chance to be able to spread the word about it!