Sometimes a book gives you more than you anticipate going into it. In this case, I was delightfully surprised by the voice of the story and by some of the characters’ quirky thoughts. When I say voice, I’m referring to the fact that I did not feel doubt that I was inside the head of a male college-age guy who was having a sexuality crisis and a grad student who arrogantly thought he was a suave put-together kind of guy- not really, but that’s what he thought. Both perspectives were refreshingly amusing to me because I remember that jittery age of emerging adulthood when you’re just trying to find your niche in so many ways.
Brad is an upperclassmen attending a smaller private college on sports and frat scholarship package. He hides everything about himself behind a persona that he and others have built up for him. He’s the poster boy for jock frat man with the girl and guy worship to prove it. It really is all a front and it was fun finding out about the real Brad.
So one day when he catches himself checking out male tail in the shower, it sort of freaks him out and causes him to start re-evaluating everything. He realizes that girls haven’t done it for him ever- he’s just using them for fronts- and he has a huge crush on the openly gay TA in his history class who has never noticed him. Brad’s new sexuality causes him no end of difficulty between a spurned ex, a curious roommate, his frat bros betting on why he hasn’t gotten any some-some lately and his embarrassing method of grabbing Sebastian’s notice (forced to beg for sisterly advice after that fiasco).
When Brad finally gets his chance with Sebastian, the story does take a slightly more serious turn, but even then it was fun when both their families get involved (the sisters were so amusing) along with their respective roommates who all had opinions about matters which gives the feeling of good conspiracy and camaraderie. Much of the story is from Brad’s perspective, but when Sebastian enters the picture his perspective was included too.
A truly delightful read that I recommend to those who can appreciate a ‘coming out’ story in the world of a small college backdrop.
Review Copy Supplied by Net Galley