Review by Xanthe
Reviewer for The Paranormal Romance Guild
So, this is a new to me author and I love to read Young Adult romances. I think it’s the idea of the future possibilities that they have along with the hints of innocence.
I did struggle a little with this story as I found myself regularly getting frustrated, not just with Zeph, the MC, but also a couple of the other characters involved. Zeph has a secret boyfriend in his best friend, Connor. Of course, Connor has a girlfriend to keep up appearances and throw people off. Zeph accepts a lot of what Connor does as he still gets him to himself every once in a while. Reading Connor’s character, he seemed quite volatile and self-involved and I took a quick dislike to him. Then Bronson appears, a boy they knew who moved away for reasons that are made clear later in the story, a heartbreaking tale for him. Zeph’s attraction to him sparks a new interest but he is also reluctant to let go of what he knows and is comfortable with Connor.
There are a lot of repeated actions with Zeph and Connor which led a little to my frustrations. It took a long for Zeph to learn firstly about himself and what he truly wants from a relationship and for his future but then also in regards to those around him and whether they are good to have in his life. Along with relationship turmoil, Zeph also has trouble at home with no acceptance of who he is from his parents. Understandably, this brings its own tension to him and even leads to a huge event happening within his household. My heart really went to him as he made valid arguments and urged his parents to see him with little success.
I’d recommend this book for adults and teenagers as I think that this is a good story for people to read. I struggled with how Zeph was with other characters and his subsequent actions but it is still entertaining to read. There are differing opinions on a lot of topics including sexuality, religion, schooling etc and I found a lot of it interesting to read. This is set in small town America with a lot of basis on who your family is and where you come from, especially with the history of the Cranberry Bogs. I’m interested to see who the next book in the series will have as its main character.
There is a conversation about an attempted suicide for a character but the event never happens.