We read and review for the love and joy of books.
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Contrary to what the title of the book might imply, this book came across to me as something very different than youthful, carefree, or simple. It had a very melancholy, almost depressing feel to it as you learn about the circumstances of Christopher’s childhood and how many things he missed out on that others take for granted. His best friend – make that only friend – is his younger brother Jay. A lot of the story revolves around the unique relationship and bond shared by these brothers. They are almost literally attached at the hip. They grew up on the outside looking in and never quite fitting in anywhere. They are each other’s safety net of sorts.
As the boys and their father end up docking in a small town that holds some history for the family, the brotherly bond gets put to the test as Christopher starts to explore a bit of independence and other relationships – some that are platonic, and one, Malachi, that’s enigmatic, alluring and frustrating all rolled together. Christopher’s relationship with Malachi is uber slow paced for the majority of the book and really only comes to fruition in the last few chapters. Part of the reason for it lies in the secrets and guilt that Malachi hides behind; things that add a definite twist in a relationship that’s already anything but easy.
This is a unique coming of age story that focuses on a different lifestyle. If you like to get immersed in character driven stories where the characters are less than perfect but so real that they no longer seem fictional, then you should definitely check out this book. If you are looking for something higher on the romance scale, you might find yourself with a wee bit of an appetite left over after devouring this story. Now, that doesn’t mean you won’t be satisfied – it just depends on what you are hungry for! I definitely enjoyed this story and will be keeping an eye on other work by this author.