Holland has never really thought about her sexuality before. She lives in an area with small-town mentality and she knows no one who’s gay – until Cece shows up at school for Holland’s last semester of her senior year. Cece is out and proud, which sets off ripples at school, ripples that range from harassment to vandalism. But worse are the ripples set off in Holland, who finds herself falling desperately in love with this girl.
While I didn’t love this book as much as Between Mom and Jo, it was excellent. With each step I found myself more deeply wound into the story. I experienced the wonderful feeling of falling in love alongside Holland. I understood Cece’s fear at the anger all around her. I watched with trepidation as Holland’s mom treats Cece as a child molester or pervert. I couldn’t put down the book. It got so late, and I still kept reading page after page after page. The last third of the book made me shake with anger and cry in pain. Not as much as with Between Mom and Jo, but still, it was enough.
The book, I think, was meant to reach GLBT teens, but honestly I think every parent should read it. They should read it and think about the way they’ll react if their child comes out as gay. They should know what their child faces among their peers, from their teachers, and from the community. They should learn about the hostility and isolation involved. It is eye-opening.
I don’t want to say more and give away spoilers, but I encourage you to read it. It is so good. I have a feeling all of Julie Anne Peters’ books will be good and I’m glad I own so many. I’m really looking forward to the next one.