Novella, Prequel to Twin Ties series
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Drama
Evan Savage is a young teen desperately searching for something to hold on to and a way to be noticed. Living in rural Whippoorwill, Pennsylvania, his only family is an absentee father who leaves Evan alone for days at a time while away for work. Friendless and bullied at school, with only a nearby preacher named Jimmy to look out for him; Evan gratefully accepts attention wherever and however he gets it. Sometimes it feels like part of him is missing, and every day the void consumes more of Evan’s ability to fight back against his circumstances. While looking at himself in the mirror within a recurring dream, his reflection keeps reaching out to him with happiness he doesn’t feel, from a world different than his own, though much less tangible. Anonymous sexual encounters with strange men satisfy Evan’s need for company and reassurance that he’s someone worth wanting, as well as test his boundaries. But, faced with the growing temptation to slip away for good, it’s up to Jimmy, and Evan’s dream-world counterpart, to try to keep him there. (M/M – See publisher’s website for content labels.)
Evan is a teen who is having a very hard time with life. His being bullied in school, has no friends to talk to and his father, his only family, is never home. He only has a neighbor as his only source of company and support. His loneliness start to make him seek company in risky places.
I have some mixed feelings about this book. This is the first of the Twin Ties series I’ve read, so I don’t know how things are going to be for Evan, I hope I’m going to a happier place because this was hard to read. The reason it was so difficult to read is that I couldn’t take away from my mind the fact that Evan was only fourteen years old. Perhaps the same kind of story in a different age it might be more bearable, but I guess in the context of the series, this story was needed to be told.
However I did liked the story. I think it was very well written. I just couldn’t stop reading. It has quite an interesting plot, and the character were really interesting. Each of them had something that I find attractive, no matter how small their part was on the book. Even the characters weren’t present but were mention had something interesting about them.
Evan, of course, was the one I liked the most. He was, obviously, the most developed and it was nice to see into his mind. His doubts, his hopes, his needs. It was a very pleasant character to read. I can’t wait to read more about him on the next books on the series, which I definitely will read.
Overall it was a great book, it address very difficult topics and it might not be suitable for all readers, but for the readers who had read the warnings, I can tell it was an amazing book and I would totally recommend it, especially for someone who has read the other books from the series, and already love Evan, because for me it was a little difficult to see the main character beyond this pages.