While this is not the first time I’ve read a young adult novel, this is the first time I’ve read an LGBT-themed one. It wasn’t because I wasn’t interested in them. It’s just that for some reason, I haven’t encountered one until now. Seriously! And since lately I’ve been reading stuff with themes that are new to me, I immediately signed up to do this review when I first read the novel description.
In the novel, Jamie Peterson has just realized that he has fallen in love with his best friend, Mason. The problem is, he doesn’t know if Mason feels the same way towards him. Jamie doesn’t even know if Mason is gay too. I suppose it would have been easier to just ask, right? But there’s that major problem of Jamie not coming out of the closet yet. What if Mason rejects him? What’s a young guy to do?
This novel is all about the classic case of first love and falling in love with ones best friend. The story revolves around Jamie coming to terms with coming out and his struggle to find the courage to tell Mason that he’s in love with him. I find the story cute but predictable. Reading the first few chapters already gave me an idea about what the ending will be like. However, it was still fun to read the whole thing and see how the story plays out.
I find Jamie’s character easy to relate to. All of us, at some point in our lives, struggle with identity issues as well as with friendships and first loves. He was just a bit frustrating at times because he’s so clueless! There were already a lot of signs from the beginning that show how Mason felt but Jamie failed to recognize them. It’s either he’s really just clueless about love or he was in denial. But still, one can’t help but root for him because he’s such a nice, talented guy who has such mushy thoughts. I love mushy! Case in point, here’s a sample of what’s inside Jamie’s head.
It seems like he says this in slow motion, because a million thoughts pop into my head in the time it takes for the words to form on his lips, starting with, You lose me all the time – I get lost in my fantasies for seconds, minutes, hell, I don’t know. And I’m so glad I didn’t come out to you – then I might lose you for good. And God, I love you. You won’t ever lose me.
I don’t know about you but that part of the book made me gush. You gotta read the book to understand it though. Ohhh, young love. Hahaha!
As for the other characters, I find some of them pretty irritating such as Jamie’s friend, Eden, who I feel is just too pathetic at times. Although I guess she more than made up for it for being very supportive of Jamie coming out and being there for him as a sounding board of sorts. With regard to Mason, at first I didn’t get what was so special about him. But midway into the novel, you will get an idea of how sensitive a guy he really is because of a contribution he made, which I will no longer explain further because I don’t want to spoil the suspense for those who haven’t read the novel yet. The characters I really love though are Jamie’s mom and stepdad, who are just the best parents in the world for being so supportive of him, sometimes in a funny but still emotional way.
Overall, I think Fan Art is an easy, light and fun read. Perfect for those days when you just want to relax and unwind.
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