Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance, YA
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Cover: Don’t know about the letters, but the picture is beautiful
Trigger warnings: suicide mentioning, underage drinking, homophobia
Description: All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy’s life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys’ heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.
Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can’t decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn’t felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.
Review: Where to start… I liked the writing itself, the plot? Not so much. Mostly because there isn’t much plot in my eyes. Xbox, zombies, some date-ish scenes.
I didn’t really care for the characters to be honest. Ridge made me feel rather bad, because he is a little bit of a cheating a-hole. I get it that he grieves his dad, but still. Micah identifies as loving girls and boys for a very short time and then he is gay? And I would have liked it if there would have been more about Micah’s tribe. Ridge’s girlfriend gets the part of the ‘annoying, stupid girl who is in the way of the gay relationship’. So, really not my type of characterization.
Their relationship is suddenly… there. It developes really fast and I don’t really get why. But that my have to do with me not liking the characters.
If you ignore the first half and concentrate on the second, it gets better. At least then I can kinda like Ridge and Micah’s relationship and Micah’s nieces are just adorable.
Disclaimer: The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.