Author ~ Francis Gideon
Publisher ~ Less Than Three Press
Published ~ 23 March 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Eli and Jay have known one another since they were children. Their life on the Star Belt government reserve in Saskatchewan isn't great, but the people—like Tantoo, Eli's grandmother, Jay's sisters and grandmother Buffy—have always made life tolerable.
Until the day Jay kisses Eli, only to be rejected, and a moment of misunderstanding drives the two friends apart for years. When tragedy strikes, Eli wonders if the event will be enough to draw the two together once more.
Freya’s Book Brief
The day Jay kissed Eli, and Eli rejected Jay, was the day their friendship effectively ended. Bit by bit, Jay slowly but surely alienated Eli to the point of being nasty.
In some ways, I should have felt sorry for Jay and annoyed at Eli for rejecting him. But when the reasons for rejecting Jay were born of too little information, miscommunication and the confusion of youth, I couldn’t. Not only that, but after his rejection Jay sought company from a string of others.
When children reach sexual awareness, it’s a fine line between how much information to give them. Nothing, something or everything? In Eli’s case, he’d been told nothing and kept ignorant by his grandmother. Jay had some knowledge, and when the two shared, the result was disastrous for the friends.
Even though this story isn’t long, it is a slow burn. It moved like the days of a long summer, and I thought the blurb was more grabbing than the tale itself. The author certainly delves into the lives of her characters, but I found it lacking in drama. Also, some things were a touch hard to believe like police patrolling all night for two people who only got into a two-minute verbal – overkill. I suspect, making it a little shorter would have given the story more punch.
Having said that, it is well written and the characters interesting. Jay is upfront and in your face while Eli seems very much an observer of life rather than a participant.
There is a beautiful pivotal scene part way through that brings to the fore what the boys mean to each other. I just wish we got to that scene sooner, or a little more dramatically. Some profound insights and lessons in life come out in this story too.
If you like teen to adult stories that depict life at a slower pace, with a hint of spice but are more tales of experience and learning, then this is right up your street.