How did it happen that their lips came together? A kiss, and all was said. – Victor Hugo
Chris is a senior in high school, dressing for the prom and prepping to take that next big step away from childhood and into a new chapter of his life. Dear Diary is his story, a personal confession of the way he’d got to where he is—a boy who’s only recently been able to say out loud that he’s gay because he’s only just recently made the discovery; a boy who’s going to the prom with his ex-girlfriend; a boy who’s in love with Josh, the guy he met at his summer internship at a law firm.
Chris begins recording an audio diary of the events that led to him meeting Josh, and then the epiphany that Sarah was not the person he was meant be with because Josh made Chris feel feels he never thought it possible to feel for anyone, let alone a another guy.
This is the story of a first kiss, not the first kiss ever, but the first kiss that ever mattered. It’s the story of the way Chris panicked and Josh apologized and when Chris came back for more, Josh panicked and Chris took another step toward revelation. And then they kissed again and it was a kiss that spoke all the truths that words could never hope to express.
It’s the story of a first fight and of being man enough to answer for the choices made when the first blushes of love cause a boy to think with his heart rather than his head. And finally, it’s a story of unconditional love and acceptance.
Allison Cassatta’s Dear Diary is an introduction to two characters I’m so anxious to spend more time getting to know. There were some clever little evasions in this first entry in the Dear Diary series that lead to a sweet and heartwarming end for Chris and Josh. Or, rather, that lead to a sweet and heartwarming beginning, which the author delivered in a hard-to-resist way.