— Too cool for school. —
Ethan is a levelheaded, some might say ‘antisocial’, young artist-entrepreneur with a love for quirky taxidermy. He is close to graduating high school and at a crossroads. All he wants is to develop his business further, yet all his parents want is for him to go to law school. That is more than enough problems for Ethan, so any kind of love life is off his agenda. That is until Robert Hunter, the quarterback of the football team, comes crashing into him. Literally.
Robert drifts along in high school. He has good grades, he’s getting ready for med school, he’s even leaving potentially problematic dating until college. He’s gay, not ashamed of it, but he doesn’t want to stir up any trouble. His carefully laid plans might just go completely off the rails though, when he drinks too much at a party and causes irreversible damage to Ethan, the school’s weirdo.
Robert has to face the fact that maybe he isn’t the good guy he always considered himself to be. And maybe he doesn’t want to go to med school. And maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t actually want to wait with dating until college.
Themes: First love, virginity, bullying, fitting in, entrepreneurship, disability, high school, jock/goth, taxidermy, artist
Erotic content: explicit sex scenes, dub-con
Genre: New Adult homoerotic romance
Length: ~ 90,000 words (Standalone novel, no cliffhanger.)(less)
It was exquisitely morbid. I loved it. I was hoping I would like it but I was a little skeptical because it was under the Young Adult genre and I don’t read that genre too often. I was so happy with this book. I loved it so much.
Ethan was a joy to read, he was such a fun character. I loved him the most even though I liked both characters. He was able to generate such a wide range of emotions, it was a delight to read. For moments I felt so sympathetic towards him and some others he was the most annoying human being. It was so easy to understand his emotions. Sometimes he was so frustrating, he seemed like a spoiled little brat, so dramatic that I just felt terribly mad at him and sorry for the ones who had to deal with his attitude, but he always found a way to redeem himself.
Rob was also a great character, I think he might be more likable for most readers, he was very sweet and caring. It was a lovely character. What I liked about both of them is that under no circumstance they were seemed to be perfect. It was clear both of them had a lot of flaws, which made them perfect for me. I disliked so bad perfect characters, and they were so far from being that. They struggle a lot with their decision and second guessed their actions a lot. I really appreciate that.
The plot was very nice, I really wasn’t expecting some of the event, especially the one that brought them together, but it was really interesting. Another thing I enjoyed about it was the interactions with the parents. It seemed so realistic, both attitudes, the ones from them and the ones from the sons, and I also enjoyed the different types of parenting portray.
It was an absolute joy to read this book. It make me laugh so much, it was also some tender moments and some really strong emotions. I would definitely would recommend it to most readers, but beware the tags before reading.