Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: Waiting for Walker by Robin Reardon

waiting for walkerTitle ~ Waiting for Walker

Author ~ Robin Reardon

Publisher ~ IAM Books

Published ~ 23rd June 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Young Adult

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Synopsis

Micah Jaeger's life is a mess. His folks have split, and his mother is seeing a medium to communicate with Micah's older brother, killed in Afghanistan. He had to change schools for his junior year, which made him retreat further into himself, hiding behind his camera—and hiding that he's gay.
One sunny day in June, as he's shooting a dead seagull on the shore of Long Island Sound, a mysterious guy appears in a beautiful sailboat. At first, the guy's boat shoes are the image that stays with Micah. But soon it's the person himself, Walker Donnell, who haunts Micah's dreams.
Walker's life looks perfect to Micah. His wealthy parents adore him. He has everything he could want. He's gorgeous and generous. And he falls hard for Micah. But he has a secret: Walker is intersex.
The closer Walker and Micah grow, the more Walker feels the need to be sure of himself in ways he hasn't fully faced before, and now it's his turn to retreat. Micah knows Walker is worth waiting for, so he waits. And waits.

 

Cheryl’s Review

This story is deceitful. It fools you into thinking it’s a straightforward (I use that term loosely) story about a young man dealing with his parents’ divorce, his brother’s death in Afghanistan, coming out and falling in love. Whilst it is all those things, about two thirds of the way through I realized something – it’s about a whole lot more than that.

I might be wrong, and I guess everyone reads into a piece of writing what their own personality and life experience leads them to read, but there are so many more layers here. The internal dynamics of a crazy, dysfunctional and very real family are laid open with no holds barred and everyone is presented in a no-nonsense way, just as they are, warts and all. No one is good, no one is bad, they’re just people getting on with their lives the best way they can.

Micah is a beautifully screwed up sixteen-year-old. Walker is even more screwed up and just as beautiful. Everyone is confused about something. Micah is trying to come to terms with his changed family dynamics and an intense leap in maturity, his father is adjusting to moving in with his new partner, and his mother is dealing with his father moving. Walker is trying to figure out who and what he is, and his parents are trying to work out how to let him. His adoptive sister, Paige, wants to learn about her cultural heritage and is an utter bitch to everyone in the meantime – or is she?

Through all these strands and layers runs a common theme. Courage. What is it? What isn’t it? How do you find it? How do you know you have it? Most of all – once you’ve worked out what it is, where it is and how to find it – what the hell do you do with it?

I suppose this could be termed a “coming of age” book. After all Micah and Walker are 16/17 though they often appear both much older and much younger, but it’s so much more. There are deep insights and general observations that hit true and ring loud and clear. These people are real. Okay some of them have lifestyles beyond anything I could possibly imagine, but they’re still real, still have the same strengths and weaknesses, flaws and insecurities. They make the same mistakes and somehow they all find courage when they need it most.

The writer has done an amazing job bringing these people to life. Micah’s voice is strong and unique. He knows his own mind, even when he thinks he might be losing it. The story is complex but easy to read and will keep you turning pages until your eyes burn. I wouldn’t be surprised if no two readers get quite the same thing from it, but they should all get satisfaction for a story well told.

This book is another gem, and absolute must-read for young people: gay, straight, and all the other colours of the rainbow.

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Meet Robin Reardon

Robin Reardon is an inveterate observer of human nature, and her primary writing goal is to create stories about all kinds of people, some of whom happen to be gay or transgender--people whose destinies are not determined solely by their sexual orientation or identity. Her secondary writing goal is to introduce readers to concepts or information they might not know very much about. See the "Digging Deeper" sections on most of the individual book pages for links to background information and research done for the novels.

Interests outside of writing include singing, nature photography, and the study of comparative religion. Robin writes in a butter yellow study with a view of the Boston, Massachusetts skyline.

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