Word around the water cooler is that Mark Zubro is one of the best YA writers in the MM Genre. He certainly lived up to this rumor with this book. This book depicts High School and it’s students in a very real way. From the hierarchy of students, the rumor mills and also the open minds of some and the closed minds of others.
Roger is writing a story for the school newspaper on the suicide of one of the students, whom everyone knew they either shunned him or bullied him, for allegedly being gay. What Roger uncovers are bits and pieces of clues that point him in the direction that perhaps Kyle did not commit suicide. This book turns into a real mystery page turner as well as a realistic coming out story.
As the mystery develops so does the danger that Roger finds himself in. It also finds him becoming more open about his sexuality, with those close to him and more importantly with himself. As Roger accepts himself it opens himself up to the possibility of romance.
Mark Zubro covers a series of topics that can also be found on the headlines of some of the local newspapers. His ability to meld so many things into a seamless story line
In an unsafe world, death and danger stalk gay teens, Roger Cook and Steve Koemer.
Roger Cook is in the middle of his senior year when Kyle Davis, the most picked on kid in his high school commits suicide. Roger agrees to write an article on Kyle for the school newspaper. As he gathers information, Roger realizes the dead boy was gay and may have been murdered. Gay himself, Roger wants to find out the truth, but this leads him to danger and the possibility of love. Roger opens himself to even greater risk while trying to make those around him safe.