Author: Andy V. Roamer
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: March 30, 2020
Genre(s): Contemporary, Young Adult
Page Count: 219
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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I don't read a lot of YA books, but was completely charmed by this book. We meet RV, a 15-year-old with a foot in two different worlds. As the child of Lithuanian immigrants, he lives with expectations that he will revere his heritage and immerse himself in Lith social activities. And as a typical American teenager, he's got a whole set of worries, including wondering if he might be gay.
Not that I am gay for certain. I'm just saying it's crossed my mind because .... well, because I think about guys sometime. And I notice them. Notice how they look when they're coming down the street. Notice their eyes or their hair or the way they move. Just notice them.
Written in a diary format, we get an insight into RV's freshman year at the very competitive Boston Latin School. RV's first girlfriend is Carole and while he is thrilled that he is "making out with a girl and feeling her up like other guys do," he is much more interested in friendship with Bobby Marshall, who plays football and is one of the popular guys. As RV gets to know Bobby, he realizes that Bobby's life is not perfect - he's under tremendous pressure from his parents to succeed - and he is also realizing he is gay.
There is little more than a kiss or two (other than RV's make-up sessions with Carole where he marvels that she really had a lot of colorful bras ....) and the book ends at the end of the school year. I really enjoyed this first book in the series and will definitely read the next book "Why Can't Freshman Summer Be Like Pizza?" 4 stars.