Genre: Young Adult/Coming-of-Age/LGBT
Number of Pages: 247
Publication Date: September 29, 2016
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program*
Seventeen-year-old Luke has it made – he has a cool best friend, a beautiful girlfriend who can’t get enough of him, and his passion – his surfboard. Heading for a summer vacation with his girlfriend, Zara, in Cornwall, he envisions himself spending every day catching the best waves and enjoying life.
What he isn’t prepared for is meeting sensitive and sweet-natured Theo, Zara’s cousin. There is something different about the Oxford boy, and Luke begins to feel things he’s never really felt before. As time progresses, Luke realizes his feelings towards Theo is increasing and Theo’s feelings are the same. The two begin to explore their fondness for one another, but quickly realize that they do not want to break Zara’s heart.
However, lying and going behind someone’s back is bound to have consequences…
Everything about this book was extremely enjoyable. It was well-written, the characters were well-developed, the plot flowed well, and the themes were very applicable.
Told in the perspective of Luke, we really get to know all of his ups and downs. Since this is the first time that Luke has felt anything more than friendship for a boy (aside from a quick crush in the past), his need for Theo is strong and extremely hard to ignore. Deacon does a beautiful job in expressing Luke’s confusion, exploration, and depression. I couldn’t help but sympathize with him throughout the read.
The writing here was flawless. I was captured right from the beginning. It was one of those reads that I became sad to put down, but excited to pick it right back up. Each scene flowed to the next one smoothly and each moment was natural and realistic. Though there were a couple of somewhat dramatic scenes here and there, they fit well with the plot and genre.
I really enjoyed Luke’s and Theo’s exploration of their feelings. These scenes (talking, flirting, holding hands, kissing, and some sexual exploration) seemed natural and not overdone. They seemed sweet and out of the care they had for one another. What helped is how the author allowed the two to dive into some deep conversations about their upbringing and families, so when they spent time together, it seemed genuine.
As a warning: There are explicit sexual scenes among the teenagers in this read.
Overall, this was a fantastic quick read about a boy who realizes that he likes another boy.