I was ready to not give this book a chance. How many Jock and Geek high school relationships can be told and in how many ways that haven’t already been written?
John is the school “misfit”, he’s small, financially poor in a high income private school, he is also harassed and bullied by a couple of large footballers. Sounds familiar I know, and add to John’s personal description, he is very smart. Our other Main Character is Nick, he’s the Quarterback, good looking, wealthy kid. A known playboy among the cheerleaders.
This is a coming of age story where we have 2 very adult main characters. John wrote a story that kept my attention. His characterizations were well presented and the story although expected was well put together. It’s very heartwarming to read about a couple that gets together at such a young time in their life and as you read about them you can expect them to grow old together.
The sex was well written for this type of book. The sexual acts were not brought to life on the pages, they were only referred to. In my opinion that is just fine with me. When I read about sex, I like to read about adult grown men. The way the sex is portrayed it is easy to recommend this book to any YA that wants to read something in this M/M Genre.
I say that the Author John H. Ames did a respectable job with this book and I am definitely going to read the follow up book, “Senior Year”!
Book Description John Henry Ames is a sixteen-year-old boy from a small New Jersey town. Humble, shy and studious, John lives as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies. Just when he is on the verge of dropping out of school due to overdue payments, a teacher enrolls him as a tutor in a program where he meets the school’s star quarterback and hero, Nick Anthony Hawking.
Nick needs John’s help to pass and graduate high school. As John becomes closer to the jock, he develops a strong affection towards him even though Nick has a reputation for sleeping around with a lot of women. Nick becomes his friend and protector in school. Their growing friendship helps to bring out the best in each of them and as they grow closer, John begins to wonder…and hope…that maybe Nick’s studly activity is a front for something else. He hopes to get much closer to Nick.
When unspeakable tragedies threaten the school…and John’s life…John and Nick have a chance to discover what they really mean to each other. But high school is a hard place to be yourself. Will Nick and John follow their own hearts or return to the safety of their own shadows? Surviving Elite High is a breathtaking saga that illustrates a flourishing same-sex love, family, and friendship.
Surviving Elite High was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by GGR-Review