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Wesley is finding himself, his best friend Theo has come out as gay. Wesley has been living with his dad Kenny and his partner George, for two months. He's hanging with them for the school term and things are going pretty well. Wesley is a pretty cool kid who is looking forward to turning sixteen. Wesley and his best friend Theo talk about everything as they try and figure out the next steps around being successful in school and with girls. Still virgins and more into books than girls, Wesley is caught off guard when his dad questions whether he has had sex.
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Kenny knows that he needs to do more to connect with his son, but depends on George to take up his slack in the conversation. Wesley's mom Lola initiated the move so that son and father could get to know one another and it clear that while Kenny loves his only child, he isn't quite sure how to communicate. He has a decade of excuses to explain his reasons for not making time in the past. Wesley is older now and he wants accountability from his father if they are going to have a relationship.

George is comfortable with himself and the fact that he loves Kenny. He works overtime as the middleman to bring father and son closer.

When Theo announces he is gay, he has support from his biological family and that of his best friend. George and Kenny admit they knew something was up and both had wrongly believed that Wesley and Theo were more than platonic friends.

When Wesley and Theo have a brawl at school Wesley ends up in the hospital. His mom, step-dad, Father and George come together to get to the bottom of things. What comes out is that Lola thinks that George touched her son inappropriately and wants him to come home.

Kenny doesn't defend George and this breaks a piece of their bond as partners. Wesley's step-dad Ben has a gay son, but manages to crack non-funny gay humor to lighten the mood.

Wesley shuts down. On top of being asked if Kenny has ever touched him, his mother believes that he and Theo have messed around.

The author never tells whether Theo is gay or not. He leaves it to the reader's imagination. What is known is that Kenny gives his permission for his son to find out who he is on his own terms.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked the relationship between Wesley and Theo.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was when Wesley's mom questioned Kenny his relationship with Wesley.

Opinion about the main character: I liked that Wesley was able to have a relationship where he could really talk, with his father's partner Kenny.

The review of this Book prepared by C. Imani Williams a Level 13 Blue-Winged Teal scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   two guys doing it Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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