The Review: Kevin and Rick: two boys who have to keep up fronts both at school and home. Not only do they have to battle with growing feelings for each other, they also have to suffer violence at their fathers’ hands. Their coping mechanisms involve violence but at the heart of the book is a love story fighting to get out.
There's some great writing here but ideas, such as Kevin's need to control Rick, are repeated frequently, and the book would benefit from tighter editing. The conclusion feels contrived and it reduced the impact created by the rest of the book.
The Verdict: A largely gripping read but one that doesn't entirely satisfy.