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~Release Day Review~When Everything Is Blue by Laura Lascarso~

 

38358824Title: When Everything Is Blue
Author: Laura Lascarso
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 216 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

When they were kids, Chris Mitcham rescued Theo from the neighborhood bullies and taught him how to “be cool.” Now, years later, Theo’s developed feelings for his best friend that arise at the most inopportune times. Theo hates lying to Chris, but in coming out, he might lose the one person who understands him best, a risk he’s not willing to take.
When a relationship with another young man goes south, Theo is forced to confront his own sexuality along with his growing attraction to Chris and his stunted, tenuous relationship with his father. Will Chris abandon Theo when he learns the truth, or will he stand by him in this tumultuous season of self-discovery?
In this quirky coming-of-age romance, Theo’s path to manhood is fraught with awkward firsts and a few haters, but also the unexpected comfort of a friend turned lover.
 


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Absolutely loved it! One of the BEST friends to lovers stories I’ve read…I’m not a massive fan of YA stories but when they’re done well there is NOTHING better. This is so well written, conveying such strong emotions with two MCs that absolutely stole my heart. Theo and Chris have been best friends for years…16 years old, but, at times, showing so much maturity that their age didn’t really matter.


Theo has been in lust/in love…maybe for years but doesn’t want to tell Chris how he feels in case their friendship suffers…Young love, with all the raging hormones, uncertainties, and questions it evokes…This Author perfectly portrayed these boys feelings. Told only from Theo’s pov this is such a touching story…because they are truly best friends before anything sexual happens and their friendship is what made this story so special…

Theo is quite a loner. His only real friend is Chris but as a reader, this was perfectly ok and he has a beautiful relationship with his mother and as someone who has a son I found this relationship so, so special. I adored his mother. Theo definitely isn’t confused about his sexuality or confused about his feelings for Chris but he’s young, so when another boy shows interest he can’t quite resist…a decision that will have far-reaching consequences…


Although we don’t get Chris’s pov(which I definitely wanted), we still get an understanding of his feelings towards Theo and I think, it’s a good Author who can convey that. The supporting characters were well crafted although not always likable and I loved how the Author didn’t go down the easy route with Theo’s father and wrap things up with a nice big bow on things. She kept it real, believable…

I started reading this and couldn’t put it down and, really, what’s better than a book you are so totally captivated by that you want to race to the finish line but at the same time don’t want it to end?…Ending with a strong HFN ( because they’re only young ), but I can totally envisage an HEA…

Note to Author: More of their story please…maybe a few years down the line? 😀 

I highly recommend! 💗

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