1) A strong well-developed story. As someone with teenage children I could recognise their emotions and frustrations, and understand the family dynamics.
2) Having been a military brat way back in the day it was easy for me to understand some of the things Shane was going through. There are a lot of emotional ups and downs in this book due to misunderstandings. I loved the way the author played everything out however and will be keeping this book to read again.
Private by Matthew J. Metzger
Gay Young Adult
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Queerteen Press (November 15, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Private
Sixteen-year-old Shane has finally settled into life in the country, with university ambitions, a steady relationship, and a grudging tolerance for dance that is entirely the fault of his boyfriend, Luke.
Then Shane’s father gets his marching orders, and Shane’s time in this new life is put on a countdown. At sixteen, Shane could legally leave but has nowhere to go. And leaving the first real home he’s had in nearly twelve years doesn’t feel any better whether it’s for the wilds of Cornwall or the local housing association.
But in order to stay, Shane is going to have to tell his very conservative, very military family his biggest secrets ... all three of them.
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