Author: C.J. Anthony
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Summary: Your high school years will be some of the best years of your life—yeah right. Try some of the worst. Best friends since they were five, Joey Whitcomb–a Freak—and Brian Davis—a Brain—just want to survive the landmine of their 80’s high school years. Upheaval begins when Brian gets elevated unwittingly to boyfriend of the Queen of the Popular clique. But when Brian (with a little help from Bryan Adams) comes to an epiphany about his true feelings for his best friend does he risk ruining their friendship for a little piece of Heaven?
This book is about a kid, Brian, a little boy whose world turns upside down at the age of 5; and how one of the most confusing days of his life turns out to be the best day, the day he meet his best friend, Joey.
Joey and Brian have been best friends forever, sharing everything always.
It is sweet to see them growing up, Joey’s personality is like the sun bright and warm, while Brian suffers from early on his shyness and a bit of social awkwardness. They complement each other, all the courage and bravery Brian lacks, Joye makes up for.
With hair, clothes and makeup going from Boy George to Duran Duran, Joey was destined to be a high school outcast. On the other side Brian, always impeccable, smart and boy next door looks found himself appointed as HS Queen’s King. Not a place he really wanted to be, but he went with the flow and landed a spot with the popular kids.
And here is when the tables turn, when Brian starts to notice that maybe his friend’s looks are like an armour too.
Adolescence is never easy, confusing feelings, mixed messages; and these two BFF have to face that sometimes society puts labels on people, and those are not fair. But they are also reminded of what is important, that looks aren’t everything, that friendship can overcome all the adversities and that acceptance comes natural when you open your heart.
If you are a child of the 80’s this is going to be a nice walk down memory lane. Lots of pop culture reference, lots of music… will put a smile on your face.