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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
This is neither the first gay romance, nor the first novel dealing with HIV, that this reviewer has read. Trumble’s work, however, stands out; fans of David Levithan have a new favorite author. This novel is a raw account of two young men fighting for a future where they are loved, with — or despite — a positive diagnosis.
Curtis is well aware of his reputation after his first year of college. Back home, he’s glad his wild days are over. Spending summer days with the high school marching band is ideal. Not to mention the view: Luke Chesser might be awkward on the field, but he’s nothing short of adorable. Luke’s home life is a wreck, but the marching band offers him an escape. Especially the elusive and oh-so-gorgeous Curtis. When their romance blooms the chemistry is undeniable, until Curtis gets a life-altering phone call. His health spirals and he sinks into denial and depression. He distances himself from his family and Luke. Both boys struggle to come to terms with their sexuality, their love and their future. (KTEEN, Oct., 320 pp., $15.00, ISBN: 9780758277183, PB, 15 & Up)
Reviewed By: Raven Haller
Published: October 2013