Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Where You Are by J.H. Trumble
Robert Westfall's life is falling apart-everywhere but in math class.
That's the one place where problems always have a solution. But in the
world beyond high school, his father is terminally ill, his mother is
squabbling with his interfering aunts, his boyfriend is unsupportive,
and the career path that's been planned for him feels less appealing
by the day.
Robert's math teacher, Andrew McNelis, watches his best student
floundering, concerned but wary of crossing the line between
professional and personal. Gradually, Andrew becomes Robert's friend,
then his confidante. As the year progresses, their relationship-in
school and out of it-deepens and changes. And as hard as he tries to
resist, Andrew knows that he and Robert are edging into territory that
holds incalculable risks for both of them.
J.H. Trumble, author of the acclaimed Don't Let Me Go, explores a
controversial subject with extraordinary sensitivity and grace,
creating a deeply human and honest story of love, longing, and
Where You Are combines two of my favorite genres, LGBT and student/teacher relationships. I had very high expectations for it. The book definitely went above and beyond my expectations. It might be one of my favorite LGBT books that I have read, which is definitely saying something. If I had to classify the book, I would classify it as new adult. It had a few sex scenes but they weren’t very descriptive. The book held my attention from the first chapter. I felt bad for Robert because of what was happening with his father. I also felt bad for him because he stuck with Nic, who was a total jerk. Some of the plot twists were predictable, while others I had no idea about. What Andrew finds in Robert's wallet especially shocked me. I loved all the characters, except Maya and Nic. Maya reminded me of Overly Attached Girlfriend. I love this book. I want to re-read it again although I just finished it. I will definitely make it a top priority to read more of J.H. Trumble’s LGBT books in the future.
I give Where You Are: 5/5.
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I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.