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Publisher's Summary

Can a young man come out, find love, and survive senior year all at the same time?
Zach Denham, the editor of a small town high school newspaper, struggles to act like a "normal" guy by dating a female friend. Key, the school’s newly arrived attractive jock, forces Zach to confront the truth about his sexual identity.
Friends will become enemies when an explosive issue divides the school community. As Mrs. Trevott, Zach’s trusted and sharp-tongued English teacher advises, some of them will stand up for what they believe in even if they are standing alone.
©2010 Matthew W. Grant (P)2013 Matthew W. Grant
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4 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth L. on 07-25-15

A lesson in being true to yourself ...

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the story focused on Zach, Key and their friends and the relationships among them. This is also a romance but it is written in a sweet way with no overt sex scenes to make anyone uncomfortable.

What does Luke Avery bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

While Mr. Avery could be a little 'dry' at times, I felt that there were moments when he gave the characters and the scenes the emotion that they needed. He did draw me into the story and kept me entertained. I would listen to another of his works to see what he does with other genres of books.

If you could take any character from Zach's Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would love to go out to eat with Ms. Trevott. Her back story was sad but she endured on and was making a difference to her students. I appreciated that. There always seems to be that one teacher in every school that just connects with the students in a way that makes it all ok.

Any additional comments?

Zach's Secret is the story of a young man, a senior in high school, his coming to terms with who he is. This is a book that everyone should listen to or read. I would highly recommend it. Many things can be learned from this story.


I received a copy of the book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Keith G on 04-03-18

What did the story want to be?

The story starts out rather hopefully. It’s a bit stilted, a bit overly written in a few passages, but the skeleton of the narrative implants a degree of hope that the author is providing a decent tale.

I guess the greatest sin of the author is that he tries to do too much. When the story is just focusing on a growing relationship between two boys, it’s a charming tale. When the story enters its “Battle Cry For Freedom” stage, both the author and the story jump the shark. The whole storyline of the school principal, the protest, and the aftermath was written with as much realistic sense as if it were penned by toddler on acid. Come on dude. Learn how schools work and learn how police departments work before you use them in such a way that sensible people have to shudder at what you’ve written.

Finally, although the relationship between the two boys starts out in a rather sweet way, it becomes frustrating that these two individuals express little in the way of intimate affection throughout the story. I realize this book is aimed towards a young crowd but why must gay teenagers be more sexless then hetrosexual teenagers in such literature? The story ends in a very upbeat way, but the upbeat conclusions of the individual storylines are unearned. It's sort of like, “Good things happen. The end.”

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5 out of 5 stars
By Culwen on 11-11-16

Intricate and beautiful. Realistic and poetic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zach's Secret?

The moment when the protagonist's teacher tell him her secret and why she stood for what he stood for. It almost made be teary.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the wrap up. How things go full circle.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It is written well. It contains the cliches of school cliques but has it's own ground of realism that didn't shout cheesiness or unpracticality.

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