Rating: 4 Stars.
James Liddell is a character we meet who seems to have it all: jock status, girlfriend, grades, good family. The letters he writes to the people in his world tell a completely different story. They almost take the form of a journal. He stores them in his desk drawer, never to be sent. He admits his struggles, his lack of affection for his girlfriend, and a boy that enters his thoughts.
This was a book that I almost dismissed from my roster but I’m really glad I didn’t. It turned out to be a very well written, well put together piece. Some of it was a bit predictable, but the little LGBT romance made my heart soar. I wish there had been more of it within the last third of the book, but the author did an excellent job focussing on James’ story, rather than the romance itself.
The letters were raw, and emotive, and brought about an honestly to the character we don’t often see in fiction.
My only real difficulty was the minimal (and pretty much lack of) discussion about the alcohol abuse that we see in the main character. This was another dimension that had been clearly introduced, just not dealt with enough in my opinion.
Recommendation: It’s a definite 13+ book. There are mature themes discussed and alcohol is very prevalent. A great LGBT fiction read.