Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Pages/Word Count: 184 Pages
At a Glance: Nyrae Dawn is a new author to me, but I will definitely be reading more of her work in the future.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Sometimes it’s not about coming out, it’s about settling in.
Eighteen-year-old Bradley Collins came out a year ago and hasn’t looked back since. Who cares if he doesn’t know any other gay people? Bradley has friends and basketball—that’s all he needs. Even if that means always sitting on the sidelines when the guys go out looking for girls.
When cute film-boy TJ tries to flirt with Bradley while his friends are doing their thing, he freaks. Yeah, he’s gay, but he’s never had the opportunity to go out with a boy before. He’s never had to worry about how his friends will react to seeing him with a guy.
Bradley accompanies TJ on a road trip to film TJ’s senior project documentary. In each city they visit, they meet with people from different walks of life, and Bradley learns there’s a whole lot more to being honest about himself than just coming out. He still has to figure out who he really is and learn to be okay with what he discovers.
Review: In the history of us by Nyrae Dawn, we meet eighteen-year-old Bradley, who is gay and out but feels lonely and a little bit unsettled in himself. We also meet TJ, a young film guy who tries to befriend and flirt with Bradley. After being convinced to go on a road trip with TJ, Bradley meets gay men from all walks of life, and finally starts to accept himself.
I was really surprised by how much I liked this story. I thought it was going to be your typical, “young guys meet, make out, live happily after” kind of book, and I wasn’t expecting to connect with the characters the way I did. There were a couple, in particular, who I wanted to rap in cotton wool and coddle because they seemed so tired and lonely and broken.
I enjoyed watching Bradley change and grow with every new experience, and was again surprised by the maturity he showed at the end of this book. Nyrae Dawn is a new author to me, but I will definitely be reading more of her work in the future.
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