Posts tagged High School
I’ve always thought Bobby is handsome, well cute really; but as we lay there together how totally beautiful he is overwhelmed me. I had never kissed a guy before, but there in the darkness, it not only seemed natural it seemed called for. I kissed him, and a rush of emotion erupted inside me. Kissing him turned me on like nothing ever had before.
So often young people feel compelled to be someone they’re not. Putting aside their individuality, they wear the latest designer gear, listen to the “in” bands of the moment, and hide their deepest desires and insecurities, all in the quest to be popular, to fit in. For the protagonist in this entertaining and immensely moving debut by Huston Piner, the choice is taken out of his hands when a classmate decides to turn his knack for attracting trouble to his advantage and make him a star.
1969 high school loser Nick Horton’s new friend Jesse Gaston promises to make him a superstar. But if would-be girlfriends, his dysfunctional family, and a suspicious principal weren’t enough to deal with, Nick falls in love with Bobby Warren and things really get complicated.
I was concentrating so hard on my T-shirt design that the knock on my bedroom door startled me.
“Dang it!” The bleach pen I was holding slid across the fabric, sketching a squiggly white line across the front of my shirt. My pattern was ruined.
It has to be said, I do love nerd/jock romances. Maybe this has to do with the fact that, being somewhat of a bookish type myself, the idea of the geek landing the hot guy really appeals to me. Or perhaps it’s simply that there’s something incredibly touching about two individuals, considered to be at opposite ends of the social spectrum, disregarding expectations to be together. Whatever the reason, it’s a formula that presses all my buttons, and this latest novel by Jeff Erno is no exception.
Wesley Harris is sixteen and openly gay, at least to his family and friends. Often bullied at school, he’s shy and reserved. Wesley has a penchant for designing T-shirts, and he’s a gifted artist. When Brad Johnson, one of the school’s most admired jocks, moves in next door, the two boys begin to develop a friendship.
Donovan rang the doorbell while Lucas took a deep breath. He was terrified of what might lie on the other side of that door. When it finally swung open, there stood Alex. He looked surprised to see them but ushered them inside with a smile.
So often it is the simplest stories that are the most powerful. Sweet and sexy in equal measure, Play Me, I’m Yours follows the journey of high school senior Lucas Tate as he seeks love and acceptance through his passion for music. Madison Parker’s warm style, together with her blend of wit and poignancy, drew me in from the very first page. This is one of those books that takes the reader through the whole spectrum of emotions from laughter to tears, but which ultimately leaves you with a smile on your face and the belief that everyone deserves a happy ending.
Welcome to the Boys on the Brink Blog, Madison. Has it always been a dream of yours to be a writer?
I THINK she would’ve liked him. Maybe not at first, but I think my mom would’ve fallen in love with his smile just like I did. It’s kind of more of a smart-ass smirk than a smile, really. Quirked up on one side more than the other, it seems to say you’re the butt of a joke that only he knows. I always liked that smile, even when he wasn’t giving it to me. I must’ve been in love with him forever.