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This is the sequel to Openly Straight. Ben has been working hard to be at the best student and athlete and all his hard work is finally paying off. He is on track to win a scholarship that will really go a long way to paying for college. He is just having a hard time keeping focus. He doesn't know how he feels about his former best friend Rafe. They were so close but after being lied to Ben wants nothing to do with him. And now there is a new girl in Ben's life and he just doesn't know how to feel.
I have so many feels about this book and I don't know where to begin.
Let's start with Ben's family. Ben's family is very different than Rafe's. His father is quiet, hardworking, and has a lot of expectations for his son. His mother is caring but reserved. His little brother is learning to keep most things bottled inside like Ben has been doing all of this life. There isn't a lot of positive interactions.
Because of his father's coldness Ben has been working an uphill battle to make his father proud of him. Ben bends over backwards to be the best student and athlete to the point of being self destructive. He placed so much unnecessary pressure on himself.
In the middle of juggling school work and being part of the baseball team, Ben reflects on the romantic feelings he was starting to develop for his best friend and his new feelings he has for a girl. I was really hoping this book was going to have a deeper talk about sexuality.
In a way we did, all throughout the book Ben claimed that he is straight but just gay for Rafe.
I can't stand this trope, it is so overplayed in movies and other books.
I wanted to have a self identifying bisexual male characters and this just pulled the rug right from under me.
*sigh* so for that reason, I gave this book a C.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.