First off the cover is so perfect with the depiction of Harold and Mario. Joe has written a well rounded story with excellent character development. The main body of this story takes place during the High School years of Harold and Mario.
This story felt like it was real life, it left no doubt with me that the events in Harold’s life actually happened. Every emotion felt real, which really helped to draw me further into the story. In a way this is your typical jock and nerd story but it felt more than that and I think it is because of the real emotions that I spoke about.
The story is very easy to read and hold your attention page after page. The story is complete, it has an ending that is clear, so it leaves you feeling fulfilled.
My only critique, and this is for me personally, I’m not a fan of inner thoughts injected into dialog. Every time this happens it is like hitting a bump in the road, it makes me hesitate as I’m reading. This in no way would make me discount this book, in fact this is one of those book that I would enjoy reading again.
With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.