Kyle Stilleno is no longer the invisible boy, and he doesn't quite know how he feels about it. On one hand, he now has a great boyfriend, Brad Greymark, and a handful of new friends, and even a new job. On the other hand, no one screamed obscenities at him in public when he was invisible.
No one expected him to become a poster boy for gay rights, either - at least not until Kyle stepped out of the closet and into the limelight. But there are only a few months of high school left, and Kyle doubts he can make a difference.
With Christmas break drawing closer, Kyle and Brad are changing their lives to include each other. While the trials are far from over, they have their relationship to lean on. Others are not so lucky. One of their classmates needs their help - but Kyle and Brad's relationship may be too new to survive the strain.
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Powerful, but a little 20th Century.
Wrecked in the best way
This story wrecked me in the best kind of way. John Goode so masterfully captures the emotion and angst of high school, of being bullied, of action and consequence at a time when a lot of kids feel invulnerable in some ways and staggeringly fragile in others.
Kyle shows more of his damaged side, and Brad steps up to the plate to be the guy Kyle really needs.
“I love you. That isn’t a like, isn’t a puppy love, and it isn’t a crush. The moment we kissed in my room, I was yours; it just took my stupid brain time to figure it out. You are everything I need in my life, but more importantly, you are everything I will ever need. I am never going to break up with you. Never. If we break up, and, God, I hope that’s a gigantic ‘if’, it will be because you realized I was not the guy you thought I was and that you can do better. So no matter what happens between us, I will never break up with you. Got it?”
Kyle, I think, has the biggest growth arc in this story going from emo!Kyle to avenging!Kyle by the end...and it suits him. We see his transition to the super awesome character he is as he grows up and accepts the mantle of his responsibility.
Kyle and Brad 4eva!!
As for the narration...it was good, not overly dramatic in any way, which actually was sort of disappointing in a couple of places.
I appreciated the different character voices Ahr provides, and while I didn't care for his choice for Kyle's voice, I did love his voice for Brad, which I thought was awesome.
This was my first time listening to Michael Ahr, and, while I can't honestly say I was blown away, I can definitely see picking up another of his audios in the future.
But this book...this series...damn, it's so good. If you haven't already read it, I have to ask why? Get on that. Seriously. Everyone should read this series.
Remember: "You're going to end up just fine. Don't give up, not yet."