Reviewed by Ami
Title: When Everything is Blue
Author: Laura Lascaro
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 6, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: When they were kids, Chris Mitcham rescued Theo from the neighborhood bullies and taught him how to “be cool.” Now, years later, Theo’s developed 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 his stunted, tenuous relationship 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 awkward firsts and a few haters, but also the unexpected comfort of a friend turned lover.
BEING HORNY and almost sixteen is the absolute worst. Take it from me, Theodore Wooten III, resident expert in the spontaneous boner. The cause of my lovesickness: Christian Mitcham. The cure: hell if I know.
I admit, I don’t typically like reading young adult/coming-of-age stories. More often than not, I don’t feel connected with them – gah, I feel old! However, When Everything Is Blue proves to be a wonderful coming-of-age read.
I fell in love with Theo right off the bat. The way he deals with his feeling towards Chris, how he tries to avoid it because, well, Chris is not gay… in addition to him worrying about telling his parents about his sexuality. I loved the way Lascarso worked with Theo’s voice as a character, the humor she injected through Theo’s mind.
This book also deals with a scandal. It is an awful thing to happen – especially to a sixteen years-old! In other stories (or in real life), this could be a start of horrible bullying. I sort of thanked the author for not going there, but at the same time, I thought the perpetrator didn’t get enough punishment. That irritated me a bit.
Although at the same time, I wonder if Lascarso will write another book with this character, to see how he makes amends, and grows up. It’s evidence of the author’s talent, I guess, for not making a simple black and white ‘villain’.
Overall, When Everything Is Blue is a sweet and lovely tale about falling in love with your best friend.
I love you too… muy muy
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*