Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, honest, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang.
But when Adam graduates and takes an Off-Broadway job in New York — at Nate’s insistence — that certainty begins to flicker. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it is the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.
“Closets are for brooms, not people.”
It was a beautiful story. Although most of it was pretty upsetting, and I couldn’t identify with certain decisions of the characters, I have to admit that this book is really good. It’s heartfelt, sincere (!), believable, and loveable.
The Story (Spoiler Degrees: 3)
I expected a slightly different story based on the blurb, but I’m not disappointed at all. Ok, maybe just a little, because I expected a lot more hype around Nate’s blog, but its significance slowly faded away, and the author focused more on the relationships.
Relationships… Long-distance relationships… Adam and Nate are inseparable, one of them is yin, the other one is yang, but is this enough? A long-distance relationship is a hard nut to crack, regardless of the degree of distance. It can bring out the worst of the most perfect couples too. Even if you trust in the other person, and you love them unconditionally, you can’t fully close the green eyed monster into the closet. It’s especially true when the other party throws the key to the monster to open that closet.
Actually I wanted to shake thoroughly both of the boys, because they’re equally responsible for this situation.
Nate’s mistrustful is absolutely understandable, I couldn’t have acted otherwise, probably I’d have done everything similarly, until he and Luke started to get to know each other. And I understand Nate’s intentions why he did what he did after this, but it’s really absolutely unforgivable to me.
Now let’s see Adam, because he is just as plastered with mud as Nate. The basic problem with him is that there’s no iota of jealousy in him, and because of it Nate feels that Adam doesn’t give a shit they’re together or not. And despite his promise, he never fights for Nate’s love.
SPOILER ALERT! (Highlight to read!) I loved the end of the book, and of course I wanted a happily ever after, however in the real life, if I were Adam, Nate would be sledged on his ass all the way to Alaska by that kick what he’d got from me. (SPOILER END!)
Characters (Spoiler Degrees: 2)
I finally realized that I prefer the supporting characters to the main ones in this book. So let’s hear about them.
Danial is a fantastic guy; I don’t know whether such a person like he exists out there or not, but it’d be great. It was a good experience to see how loosely can be taken such a thing as homosexuality, and how very close could be a friendship between a homosexual and a heterosexual guy. I love you, Danial!
I really like Luke too, with his naïve behavior, his fears, and all. He’s struggling with his gay nature, and trying to find a way to come out of the closet. But as much as I understand the reason of his wish, I horribly disappointed in him. You’re not allowed to make a wish like that, ever! Maybe his story, Just Between Us, will erase my bad feelings for him.
Then there’s Juliet, whom I really feel sorry for. It is a shit to love somebody, who is not interested in you, or even in your gender. But she’s an awesome chick; she is not only able to stay friends with the guys after the rejection, but later she becomes much more than simply a friend.
My Thoughts (Spoiler Degrees: 2)
I loved the humorous parts of the book, but it must be admitted that it has a serious theme. The author gently approaches the topic of what the queer couples have to go through, what kind of atrocities they suffer, and how hard is to face with these things as a high school student. Despite the preciosity, the foggy phrasing, and events written with just a few words, it’s obvious that very tough things happened there. And I highly respect Nate because he was able to get up, and stand up for himself and for all the queer people.
What I like the most in this book: the T-shirts with the slogans, the lava lamps (I always wanted to have a lava lamp, and now I want it even more), and the name of Nate’s blog. Because things would go this way: I’m Queer. Get over it.
The author recommends some songs, and there’re a couple really good ones. I couldn’t listen to them during the reading this time, but retrospectively tears welled up in my eyes when I searched them. (But I have to warn you that the author refers to moments of the book under each song recommendation. So be careful if you don’t want to spoil the fun!)
I like this cover, however it’s not an ‘OMG, I could die for it’ kind of one. It’s just a picture with a guy, who has no head ( 🙂 ), and yet there’s something fascinating in it. Maybe the model’s posture captivated me or I really don’t know, but I like it.
See my favorite quotes in Daily Quotes from 749 to 751.