Posts tagged Keeping Secrets
Sometimes you pick up a book that is so emotionally disturbing, and yet so incredibly powerful, it just won’t let go. Even when the story is at its grimmest, you simply can’t stop reading. The book I’m giving away today was like that for me. Sexy, hard-hitting, utterly heartbreaking…this sequel was everything I expected and a whole lot more.
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.
Keeping Secrets is the perfect title for this series following two very different boys in their discovery that hiding the things that matter most has the power to harm not only themselves, but the people they care about. Heartless, the first of four parts, saw bully Jason Strummer telling the story as he and Tommy negotiated their stormy history to embark on a tentative romance. In Clueless, Tommy takes over the narrative, where upon it quickly becomes apparent that there exists far more to him than the reliable jock who is Jason’s anchor.
Out jock Tommy Johnson and former bully Jason Strummer have settled into a surprisingly comfortable routine. They’re even planning a special camping trip for just the two of them for their one-month anniversary. Tommy doesn’t think things can get any better—until Jason’s past catches up to them.
First, I hope all my friends across the pond had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Definitely about time we adopted the tradition over here in the UK!
Tonight was crowded for fall. The people were six thick to the drummers, and the circle they created was already filled with writhing bodies. Since I was too young to get into a club, this was my scene, though I could rarely convince one of my friends to come with me without imbibing serious amounts of alcohol first.
My guest today is J. Roman, author of Heartless. She took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk to me about her debut novel, and the sensitivity involved in writing about sexual abuse.
No matter how hard we try to hide them, secrets nearly always come out in the end. Seventeen-year-old Jason Strummer learns as much in Heartless, this edgy debut by J. Roman. As well as following the ups and downs of a newly blossoming romance, it shows the horrific effects on a teenage boy of sexual abuse and his desperate struggle to conceal the truth from the outside world.
For gay teens in the South, Erwin High School is as good as it gets. The prevailing liberalism means being gay doesn’t have to be the focus of your life—which frees up seventeen-year-old Jason Strummer to take on the role of bully. Jason understands his beauty and power and has a reputation to match his attitude. No one but his best friend suspects the cruelty Jason hides behind is a ruse to keep his hellish private life out of the public eye.