Kyle Stilleno is the invisible student, toiling through high school in the middle of Nowhere, Texas. Brad Greymark is the baseball star of Foster High. When they bond over their mutual damage during a night of history tutoring, Kyle thinks maybe his life has changed for good. But the promise of fairy-tale love is a lie when you're gay and falling for the most popular boy in school. A coming of age story in the same vein of John Hughes, Tales from Foster High shows an unflinching vision of the ups and downs of teenage love and what it is like to grow up gay.
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Life in a box
Well at least the story seems to have been recorded in one, a tin box with sharp reverberation that too often gets in the way of a performance that was rather flat anyway.
The story is very average coming-out at high school fare, a little shallow and a little predictable and a little cliche with a money loving father, drunken mother, dim "jock" and put upon "geek". That said, life can be cliche and as the author reminds us in notes at the end, all that is in this book happens, and often with far worse consequences.
Not very positive I'm afraid, and coupled with the overdose of cynical teen hyperbole I found little to recommend it beyond being harmless and positive in as much as it contributes to GLBT YA reading.
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