Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Release Day Review: When Everything is Blue by Laura Lascarso

when everything is blue largeTitle ~ When Everything is Blue

Author ~ Laura Lascarso

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 6th March 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, YA/NA

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Synopsis

Sometimes the people we need most aren’t bonded by blood but by something deeper.

When they were kids, golden boy Chris Mitcham rescued dweeby Theo Wooten from the neighborhood bullies and taught him how to “be cool.” Now, years later, Theo’s developed romantic feelings for his best friend that “arise” at the most inopportune times. Theo hates lying to Chris, but in coming out, he might lose the one person who understands him best, a risk he’s not willing to take.

When a relationship with another young man goes south, Theo is forced to confront his own sexuality along with his growing attraction to Chris and the stunted, tenuous relationship Theo has with his father. Will Chris abandon Theo when he learns the truth, or will he stand by him in this tumultuous season of self-discovery?

In this quirky coming-of-age romance, Theo’s path to manhood is fraught with several awkward firsts, a few haters, but also the tender comfort of an unexpected lover.

 

Jane’s Review

This author is fast becoming one of my favourite YA authors. I love her writing style and as such was drawn into the story from the first paragraph. The language she uses is perfect for young people and they will identify with much of the themes and the lingo. It has a surfy/skater feel about it which reminded me a bit of the film Shelter and there are lots of descriptions of flips, tricks and surfy skills which will appeal. This is a story of tentative, fledgling love, of falling for your best friend and not knowing a damn thing about what to do with that. The descriptions of falling in love for the first time, that exhilarating and terrifying maelstrom of emotions and physical reactions are so well captured it casts you right back to those times.

Theo is sixteen and this is his story told from his pov. We get a real sense of him as a person and his thoughts and feelings, especially those for his best friend Chris, his next door neighbour and practically his world. Theo has a slight hero worship thing going on with Chris but he comes to realise that he’s developed feelings beyond friendship and hero worship for Chris. However, he fears being rejected and doesn't want to risk their friendship and so covers up how he really feels, especially after they risk a little fooling around, which they both downplay. Theo believes his best friend is straight and is terrified of Chris finding out he’s not. Theo then starts secretly hooking up with another guy from school, ‘Asshole Dave’ who kinda lives up to the name. When that goes south, Theo has to confront his sexuality and deal with his divorced parents. His mum is great, his dad is a bit of an asshole (generally and about this).

Theo finds the impetus to be brave and reveal his feelings to Chris and this is where I thought the story really came into its own. Together they have to decide if they can navigate a way forward from friendship to a romantic, loving relationship and it's handled so deftly. We experience the slight awkwardness, the sexual awakening (the sex is perfectly pitched for what young people are doing). They work their way through tricky conversations about sex and moving forward together whilst neither having much of a clue. You can feel the the nervous tension, the tenuous relationship beginning to gather strength and I think young people will really connect with this. Chuck in an uncle with dementia who’s probably gay, some cool and not so cool parents and lots of surf/skater stuff and you have a great young adult book on your hands.

I loved this story of falling for your best friend, discovering he feels the same and exploring tender, first love and all that comes with it. A fantastic read all round but will really resonate with young people.

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Meet Laura Lascarso

HeadshotWebFinalLaura Lascarso strives to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of stories to heal and transform a society. She lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. Her debut novel, Counting Backwards (Simon & Schuster 2012) won the Florida Book Award gold medal for young adult literature.

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2 comments:

  1. I just found you girls, and I think I'm in love. I'll be stalking ya'll a lot to get MM recs. BTW great review♥

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    1. We're so happy you've found us and are enjoying our blog! I have to give credit where it's due and let you know that we have a couple of guys on board here too. :) Thanks for posting and saying hi!

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