Torquere Press, 2006 ISBN: 1934166391
Ard and West grow up as best friends in a rural area. West is eager to get out as soon as possible, while Ard both loves farm life, and is stuck supporting his family after the death of his father and the breakdown of his mother. West comes out, and goes through a series of unsuitable boyfriends before finding true love–only to be destroyed when his lover is killed. Meanwhile, Ard watches helplessly over the years, too terrified to confess his love. When they finally do get together, their bond is more than either of them could have imagined.
The writing is weak and stilted at times, particularly in the first half of the book, but does improve as the book goes on. Some good sex scenes in the latter part of the book. Older teens will enjoy.
Haworth Press, 2007 ISBN: 1560236612
Seventeen year old Jove is attracted to some of his male friends, particularly to Jason who lives next door, as well as to a neighbor’s gardener he’s been spying on. He’s relieved that the girlfriend he doesn’t really care about is going away for the summer. Through a series of typical ups and downs over the next few months, Jove comes out, and finally finds himself with the boyfriend he’s wanted all along.
Unfortunately the writing is stilted, and the chapters, at approximately three pages each, are annoyingly short. Oddly, the publisher has chosen to put copyright information at the bottom of the first page of each chapter, and I found that interrupted the flow of the story even more.
Front Street, 2008 ISBN: 1932425241
Vincent, son of an Evangelical preacher, has always known he was gay. He prays constantly to be saved from his condition, to no avail. When he meets Robert at his father’s new church, he realizes maybe he’s been praying for the wrong thing.
The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second
Kensington, 2008 ISBN: 0758227086
Charlie is the not only the dork of his senior high school class, but is harassed for being gay, and is a huge disappointment to his father. On top of that,t his best friend since second grade now has a girlfriend, so he finds himself with a lot of time on his hands (and a lot of time with his hands on his dick).
When cute and popular new student Rob shows an interest in him, Charlie keeps thinking it must be a mistake, but he soon finds himself with a boyfriend (and even more reason to focus on his dick).
Both Rob and Charlie have parent problems: Rob’s parents are loving and supportive, but his mom is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Charlie’s parents seem headed for a divorce. When Rob’s mom dies things blow up for everyone as Rob’s father is accused of assisted suicide. A little too much detailed jerking-off action for me, but a realistic portrayal of of horny teenage boyhood, and the fact that it was well-written kept me reading. Obviously a good choice for gay teens.
*** A good read.