Author: Robin Reardon and C. Kennedy
Genre: Young Adult
Micah Jeager’s life is a mess. His folks have split, and now he lives with his mother in the manager’s unit of a motel. His mother is seeing a medium to communicate with Micah’s older brother, killed in Afghanistan. He had to change schools for his junior year, which made him retreat further into himself, hiding behind his camera—and hiding that he’s gay.
One sunny day in June, as he’s shooting a dead seagull on the shore of Long Island Sound, a mysterious guy appears in a beautiful sailboat. At first, the guy’s boat shoes are the image that stays with Micah. But soon it’s the person himself, Walker Donnell, who haunts Micah’s dreams.
Walker’s life looks perfect to Micah. His wealthy parents adore him; he has everything he could want; he’s gorgeous and generous; and he falls hard for Micah. But he has a secret: Walker is intersex.
The closer Walker and Micah grow, the more Walker feels a need to be sure of himself in ways he hasn’t fully faced before, and now it’s his turn to retreat. Micah knows Walker is worth waiting for, so he waits. And waits.
I love how Robin Reardon takes the common ordinary coming out story that we all love and adds other major themes that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
This time the “other issues” include parental divorce following the loss of a sibling, converting to Islam, sailing, psychics, photography, and falling for someone who’s not only intersex but of a very different financial strata.
These themes all blend together to give a unique and engaging read that is never quite what you expect and never run of the mill. The characters are some of the most likeable she’s written about to date and while the ending is a hopeful and satisfying one, I’ll miss my new friends. If Robin ever runs out of new areas of interest I’d love for her to revisit some of the characters from her earlier books. In this one, like her earlier works, I’d like to know more about how these people’s stories continue.