Saturday, April 9, 2016

Playing for the Other Team by Sage C. Holloway

Bryson just wants to make it through the last few weeks of high school alive. Graduation is on the horizon, his grades are decent, and his biggest worries are, in order, his baseball performance, his graduation gown color, and his weird hair. Everything seems on track – until two heavy realizations hit him right in the middle of his senior prom: He's gay, and he's in love.

Reserved artist Jasper turns him down at first, despite his feelings for Bry, but he offers help to ensure Bryson can start the next chapter in his life as the person he was always meant to be. However, Jasper struggles with his own demons. He has commitment issues and a past which won't let go of him, including a jealous ex-boyfriend who doesn't take kindly to his former flame being pursued by someone else. Soon, every day spells trouble for the gifted outsider, forcing him to rely on Bryson for support.

Bryson must pull together all of his resolve to navigate the minefield with Jasper. Together, they stand against bullies, homophobes, and graduation gowns that threaten to make them look like bananas. With luck, they might just make it out in one piece.

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It's the night of senior prom as Bryson stands, staring at Jasper dancing with a girl. His biggest wish is to run over and take her place, but would that be such a great idea? Bryson is confused by these feelings. Coming out wasn't what Bryson expected through it all. Bryson and Jasper both like each other, but is it a bad idea to date so close to graduation? As the boys go through the last few weeks of school, they are starting to develop stronger feelings for each other.

Bryson comes to a conclusion that he is gay. When he tells his mom, it doesn't go well. He eventually decided that not living a lie is stronger than his mom’s opinion. As he and Jasper start dating, Jasper's ex, Christopher, starts more drama than Bryson or Jasper wanted.

The book has a lot of drama, love, and some crude humor. My favorite character out of the whole book was surprisingly, Missy! She was funny, weird, and a person I would probably be friends with! I loved the book, and would love to read more like it!

Sage C. Holloway is a parent, sex-positive feminist, pet store employee and resident fruitcake. Her childhood dream consisted of being a writer and an astronaut, and so far, she is about fifty percent there.

She has one husband, who seems to be the only one capable of putting up with her on a regular basis, and one son, who bears a striking resemblance to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. She is also owned by three cats, who do an excellent job of assisting her by lying on her manuscripts whenever they can tear themselves away from lording over the living room. Sage loves glitter and loathes Wisconsin winters. She is delighted when she meets people who share her strange sense of humor.

Spectacularly Broken is her first novel.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Playing for the Other Team by Sage C. Holloway to read and review.

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