Elliot Arthur Cross – One Frightful Date

one frightful

Author: Elliot Arthur Cross
Reviewed by: Diane
Publisher: Queerteen Press
Genre: M/M Young Adult
ISBN 13: 9781611529272

Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

Summary:  

Born blind, seventeen-year-old Bobby proves he’s more than capable to live his life like any sighted person. Quick-witted and funny, he’s learned to navigate the world without ever seeing it. Once school is out, it’s time to get a summer job.

For Tyler, summer vacation is an opportunity to spend more time playing the drums with his queer alternative band. Growing up gay, Tyler prides himself on how open and easy-going he is. Life would be perfect if he had someone special to share it with.

During the day, Bobby hangs out with his best friend, Quan, whose girlfriend sets him up on a blind date with her cousin, Tyler. Neither boy knows what to expect. Bobby is presented with the opportunity to let his guard down and let someone in, and Tyler is given the chance to prove to himself just how easy-going he really is.

But when fate intervenes, the two boys struggle to survive One Frightful Date.

Review: 

Bobby is seventeen, quick witted and funny.  He happened to be born blind, but he’s proven he’s more than capable to live life like anyone else, learning to navigate the world without ever seeing it.  It’s summer and he’s thinking about getting a summer job but when not occupied with that, he hangs out with his bestfriend, Quan, usually listening to music.

Quan’s girlfriend wants to set Bobby up with her cousin Tyler, and because they used music to “introduce” him as it was the band Tyler is in, he agrees to the date.
For Tyler, summer vacation is about spending more time playing with his queer alternative band.  Tyler always knew he was gay, and prides himself on how open and easy-going he is. Life would be perfect if he had someone special to share it with.
Neither boy knows what to expect with the date, but are both willing to be open.  Just when things are going really well, a mysterious twist takes a great first date and turns it frightful as the title says! 

It is challenging to tell you the events not included in the synopsis without giving it away since it is a short story!  I really enjoyed it though and it easily could have been a much longer book since I really liked the characters, they were well written and have so many layers that could be explored.  

The story is told from Bobby’s point of view, and the book is part fun, short story, part mystery, which felt to me was not fully disclosed, which is why I’d love to read a sequel, to see if they find out more and get to have that second date!  The fact Bobby is blind, while Tyler is not, plays into the mystery portion of the date because Bobby is depending on what he can hear, and what he can sense, while most of us would simply observe – but then what would the rest of us miss?  I felt like the author really put you in the place of someone blind and you were feeling along with Bobby to try and get help. 

This is my introduction to this author, but I look forward to reading more since, as a short story, I felt pulled in right from the start!  I would recommend if for mystery fans, young adult and general romance fans.

 

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