Reviewed by Morgan
Title: The Music of the Spheres
Author: Chase Potter
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Chase Potter Books
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: An athlete and introvert from a family touched by loss, Ryan Mattson splits his life between reading and spending time with his dad and precocious younger sister. With the wounds of his past almost healed, high school is simple, and so is everything else.
But that changes when Ryan is paired with Adam for a class project. Adam, the guy with birthmarks like flecks of mud and compost-brown eyes that hide behind dorky glasses. Grudgingly, the two young men work together, and as they do, an unlikely friendship is formed.
With the passing college years, their bond deepens and grows. Even Ryan’s sister and dad take a liking to Adam, and the family – always missing a voice – seems to gain another. But just as Ryan is forced to confront what Adam really means to him, his family is dragged toward crisis. And beneath the silent snows and starlit sky of a Minnesota winter, their friendship will be tested more than ever before.
Review: Ryan is a jock, living a mostly happy life in his last year of high school, saddened still by his mother’s death, but surrounded by love in a beautiful house with his books for company. A class project brings him into orbit with Adam and though the two are seeming opposites, they strike up a ready friendship.
This, though it is a love story, is more than just Ryan and Adam’s friendship deepening and changing over time. There is love between Adam and Ryan’s family that serves several purposes and is as much a part of the story as anything else.
The writing is evocative. The tone is both somber and hopeful with laughter, too. It’s written in first person, present tense which can take some getting used to, but it’s done well.
Since the relationship develops over years, the age of Ryan and Adam by the end of the book categorizes this as both a YA and NA, but all the sex is off page. It’s still very tender and touching but there is no “steam” in this.
This is a great book for FEELS. It’s deep and moving and great for a rainy day and contemplating things greater than yourself. I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but I’d definitely read more in the future.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*