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Unintended by M.J. O'Shea

I have a special place for coming of age stories in my heart, they are usually sweet stories, and the main characters are pure and innocent, and I’m not referring to a mere physical thing, they are innocent in their heart, with their feelings on surface, and so easily to be hurt. For this reason, I admit that, most of the time, when I open such a story, I almost immediately skip to the last page, to see if it’s an happily ever after plot, if these young men will be able to overcome all the obstacles that life will put in front of them, things that at that age seem impossible to fight, while instead, years later regret makes them small events, easy to overcome if they had courage enough.

M.J. O’Shea probably believes in happily ever after, or maybe wanted to avoid people reading the last page beforehand, since she decided to be up front on the matter: Taylor and Alex, our boys, are still together 10 years later, not only they are happy and married, and with an almost perfect life together. From this perspective we start to read their story backward, from when they met in high school. The reader knows that, whatever will happen, their fragile heart will be happy in the end, and so they were able to believe in their perfect love.

The story is pretty much an high school romance, with all the usual shades of it: the cool new guy at school, all the girls fawning over him, rich, pretty, clever… and instead he is reserved and shy, and gay. On the contrary of Taylor who is friendly and popular; Taylor is not exactly the dream date of all the girl, he is more your next door good guy, but he has his merits, and above all, he has something that Alex envies him a lot, the steady root of suburban life.

There is really no drama in this story, if not the heartache young people are able to inflict themselves to be too impetuous and categorical; at that age everything is white and black, there is no compromise. If you are not sure of everything and everyone, than you are not sure of anything; if you are not willing to commit for life, than there is no point to wait few days. A week is like a year, a word is like a blow.

The author chose to make Alex and Taylor 18 years old, but I think she did it only for a legal reason; indeed they are more teenagers than adult, and they are still influenced and directed by external forces, parents, life, and insecurity. This is at the same time good and bad: it’s bad since sometime I’d have liked to knock them on the head, above all when they had unprotected sex, and with a so carelessly attitude; it’s good since probably they are really behaving like two young boys at their first experience with love.

That of Alex and Taylor is a sweet story, and also a privileged one: in the end, nothing is against them, nor time, nor money or families; they are way more lucky than the majority of boys their same age, and reading their story with an adult eyes left me with a warm and motherly smile, proud these boys managed to understand what is important in life.


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