Seventeen-year-old Aidan Lockwood lives in the sleepy farming community of Temperance, Ohio - known for its cattle ranches and not much else. That is until Jarrod, a friend he hasn't seen in five years, moves back to town and opens Aidan's eyes in startling ways: to Aidan's ability to see the spirit world; to the red-bearded specter of Death; to a family curse that has claimed the lives of the Lockwood men one by one...and to the new feelings he has developed for Jarrod.
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Sugar coating of L.G.B.T. sprinkles, of all things
This book is very, very interesting for me. For one thing, I don't normally read books that tackle themes of the supernatural and mystery. With a sugar coating of L.G.B.T. sprinkles, of all things, combined. Or, at least if I am allowed to categorize this book to those themes.
So, we begin with Aidan Lockwood. A seventeen-year-old boy who lives his life so begrudgingly boring, it's so sad. Maybe that was a bit of a stretch, but you get the idea. His story starts with a "hello." Or a metaphorical "hello," that is. His long gone best friend comes back after five years and starts this long string of events that wraps you up in a warm blanket of heart warming romance, and a good old ghost story. How nice and strange. Then, little by little we see this lost thread of memory come back to our Aiden and we see fate on the works. We're smothered in this love dynamic that is destined love. Aidan and Jarrod, apparently, really are meant to be, since Aiden envisioned the two of them being lovers through and through when they were younger. What a gooey love story this is, and at the same time it's nothing really unusual. Two people in love really do act the way Jarrod does to Aiden, and Aiden to Jarrod. It's always heartwarming to find love stories that have this kind of deep rooted love. Real love. Love that is pure and real. And, I have to mention, the Aiden and Jarrod dynamic is really a good pairing in Wonders of the Invisible World. There's a quote in the book that really got to me: "Everything about us was entirely normal, really. We were as ordinary as anything we might come across in this world." And damn straight, there's nothing abnormal about two boys loving. "Just two people in love."
Clearly I have taken to heart more the relationship between Aiden and Jarrod, but come on. That kind of love is… It's just hard to describe. But, fine, I'll talk about the rest of the book. Don't get me wrong. This book is more than just a passionate love story between two boys.
Aiden is, we find out, a boy with a lot of memory gaps. And it's all due to his mother. Mama Lockwood has been erasing Aiden's memories around the time Jarrod left Aiden's side. How sad and cute at the sad time… But Jarrod's coming back to Aiden's life triggers this relapse on memories and relationships thought to be not there. Basically, Jarrod's coming back messed up mama Lockwood's plans on "protecting" her family. This comes to this, and at the end, papa Lockwood dies, mama Lockwood lives, and alive big brother Lockwood came off a little scarred, but ultimately not understanding a lot of what happened around him and his family. And, of course, the best part, for me, at least, is that Aiden and Jarrod, destined lovers ever since their childhood, live happy and in love. IN LOVE! So so happy for them! My heart bleeds happy tears.
Barzak's supernatural themed book about a teen in a small Ohio town finding the truth about himself, his family, and dealing with the secrets is engrossing. It is a wonderful story that pulls you in and keeps you reading and listening. It is a great coming of age story that displays a lot of the magic of love and the blurred lines between life and death.