Tuesday, March 6, 2018

When Everything Is Blue by Laura Lascarso

Sometimes the people we need most aren’t bonded by blood but by something deeper.

When they were kids, golden boy Chris Mitcham rescued dweeby Theo Wooten from the neighborhood bullies and taught him how to “be cool.” Now, years later, Theo’s developed romantic feelings for his best friend that “arise” at the most inopportune times. Theo hates lying to Chris, but in coming out, he might lose the one person who understands him best, a risk he’s not willing to take.

When a relationship with another young man goes south, Theo is forced to confront his own sexuality along with his growing attraction to Chris and the stunted, tenuous relationship Theo has with his father. Will Chris abandon Theo when he learns the truth, or will he stand by him in this tumultuous season of self-discovery?

In this quirky coming-of-age romance, Theo’s path to manhood is fraught with several awkward firsts, a few haters, but also the tender comfort of an unexpected lover.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I loved every moment of Theo’s story. Set in the Florida sunshine, this book manages to capture both the heartbreak and the pure joy of first love. At the start of the story, Theo is an awkward, closeted kid with a crush on his best friend.

The story follows sixteen-year-old Theo through a year of firsts. His first job, his first car, his first sexual experiences, and his first skateboarding competition. As Theo grows into himself, his relationships – with his family, his friends, and his best friend – start to change. Some of Theo’s experiences are heartbreaking. Others are exhilarating.

I think the magic in this story lies in the way the author perfectly captures the emotional intensity of being sixteen. Theo’s life is wonderful in its complete ordinariness. His first sexual experiences are awkward and as exciting as they are misery inducing. His feelings for his best friend are terrifying, overwhelming, and beautifully intense. His relationship with his father is realistically grim. His relationship with his twin sister is complicated.

This is as much a growing up story as it is a love story. Even though the characters are sixteen, it is marketed as a new adult story – probably because it doesn’t shy away from explicit detail. This is a steamy, sexy read, but it is also a wonderfully emotional story and I absolutely loved it.

LAURA LASCARSO lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. Her debut novel, Counting Backwards (Simon & Schuster 2012) won the Florida Book Award gold medal for young adult literature. She aims to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of stories to heal and transform a society.

Andre in Flight is Laura’s first full-length work with Dreamspinner Press but hopefully not her last.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of When Everything Is Blue by Laura Lascarso to read and review.

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