A lot is changing in Shane’s life: he is going to college, he is starting to acquire his own self-knowledge of being gay, he is moving from a knit-closed environment of his home and family to the college and the need to change his circle of friends. Suddenly something unexpected happens: his coming out to his best friend goes terribly bad and instead he acquires a new friend, his sister’s boyfriend, Trey, the bully boy he has tried to avoid as much as possible in high school. Not only that, Trey and June broke up, and Trey does coming out as well… and they are now roommate in college!
I like how the author deals with the big changes happening in Shane and Trey’s lives, not only the coming out, but also the college, and the need to build a new environment for them; for different reasons, Shane and Trey don’t have a supporting family, it’s not really a matter of them being gay, but more a lacking of family infrastructure in general. Shane is really close to June, but college means they are no more able to live together, both of them have to rethink their day-to-day life, and Shane finds a new routing with Trey. They moving from friends to lovers is almost natural, sure there is the realization of being attracted to each other, but the actual relationship is made almost of taking care of each other rather than bond through sex, so much that, indeed, sex arrives later in their bonding.
Very nice supporting characters, like June, Syd and above all Lucas, the HIV positive middle-20 guy who presents to both Shane and Syd a look into what means being adult and gay.
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