Author: Chris O’Guinn
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, High School, Bullies, Bullying, Gay Bashing, Young Adult
Length: Novel (173 Pages)
Publisher: Lightbane Publications
Heat Level: None (Lots of kissing and some amusing innuendo.)
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5- OMG Hearts
Blurb: This is the story of me, Collin Murray, a bright, witty, and charming L.A. teen who is cruelly transported to a small town in Iowa by parents who delight in my suffering. It tells the tale of my struggles against such obstacles as flannel, packs of bullies, lack of car, hoodies, crazy English teachers, and vengeful former friends. It is an epic tale of survival in a savage denim wilderness.
Review: At first, I was a little leery about reading once I started. I am not very big on the idea of flamboyancy because it brings about a lot of stereotypical thoughts and there is already a bad stigma associated with gay people that we are all like this. However, as you read you find that Collin is a fighter and boy does he fight back once he learns to accept himself. He has a beautiful soul and a heart of gold with a hell of a fighting spirit. The love and acceptance of his family and the friends he makes and the people he transforms from bully to friend is a great little read. However, it was easy to tell who his boyfriend would end up being and I am glad it was. They seem to mesh very well together. This is a perfect story of bullying, gay bashing, fighting back, and learning, loving, acceptance of not only oneself but of others as well. Absolutely perfect for a young adult just coming out and learning about life and coming out. I would definitely recommend this read for anyone, straight, gay, adult, teen, young adult and everything in between.
I have read only one other book by Chris and it was good, but this was just so brilliant.