Author: Emily Nakanishi
Reviewed by: Stephen
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: N/A
Summary: Frankie is used to sticking to what he knows. He’s used to life in a small town, where rights movements make their last stop. He keeps his thoughts to himself, including the ones he has about his sexuality and his not-so-platonic feelings for his best friend, Tobias.
But something has to give. The end of senior year is coming up quick, and it’s bringing the end of life as Frankie knows it. Frankie is going to have to make peace with himself and what he’s afraid of—whether it’s school bullies or his own feelings. Frankie is going to have to learn that if he wants to change anything at all, he’s going to have to start with himself.
Great short story dealing with coming-out, coming-of-age, and coming to terms set in rural America.
By now, it’s probably all been said but almost every author who’s lived it needs to deal with it in their writing. This is good example in that it includes three distinct types of gays, one that’s femme enough and brave enough that he cannot hide, one that’s capable of passing for straight but increasingly less willing to do so and a generally straight guy that is ready and willing to be “queer” for the right guy.
34 pages isn’t a lot of time to get to know any of these guys well, but the writing is able and believable and the characters are sympathetic. Certainly worth the time.