elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Dear Diary by Allison Cassatta

A nice novella, mix of diary and tale, following the afternoon before the prom of 17 years old Chris; aside for being the last prom before going away from home to College, it’s also the day Chris is ready to admit he is gay and in love with Josh.

In the hour before the traditional photo with Chris in his nineties ready for the prom, Chris remembers how he met Josh the previous summer, how he suddenly realized why he was never attracted to girls, how Josh was able, with patience and love, to conquer Chris.

It’s also a tale of doubts and fears, despite being able to accept Josh’s love, Chris was not able to come out at school, fearing the same fate another guy suffered the previous year. Chris is aware that, even if he is in a privileged situation, good student, loving and supporting family, a future ready for him, the world can be cruel, and everything can crash down if he is not careful.

I also like that the author didn’t make of these two guys some sort of careless heroes; when Chris’s father found out about Chris’s breaking the rules to meet with Josh, both Chris than Josh were scared to face the adult; that is, even if in love, Chris and Josh are only two teenagers, and the adult world and judgment is still something scaring and imposing.


Amazon Kindle: Dear Diary
Publisher: http://xoxopublishing.com (June 16, 2011)

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading_list&view=elisa.rolle
Tags: author: allison cassatta, genre: contemporary, length: novella, review, theme: coming of age

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