Author: Greg Herren
My Rating: B
My Rating: B
Genre: YA- horror
Main Characters: Tony and Glenn
Release Date: July 2012
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
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Sexual Intensity: mild
For Tony Martin, being a senior means being a star on the football team, classes to get through, hanging out with his friends—and dating Candy Dixon. And once he graduates, he’s getting out of Kansas and never looking back. But his best friend Glenn’s decision to come out and be openly gay at their small rural high school creates a lot of problems for the two of them. But a beautiful new student arrives at Southern Heights High—Sara. When all the kids who’ve been mean to Glenn start dying in very strange circumstances, and Glenn starts acting strangely, it’s up to Tony and Candy to get to the bottom of what’s going on in their school—before it’s too late for them.
I read the story description, and even though it's accurate, I had no idea what this book was about. You remember those horror movies you watched in high school where everyone kept dying? This is the book version of that...definitely a horror, but it was an entertaining one. It kept me riveted the whole time I read it.
At the heart of it all is Tony and his best friend Glenn. The summer before their senior year in high school, Glenn comes out of the closet. It's a surprise for everyone, even Tony. And while some others aren't very kind in this small midwest town, Tony tries to remain supportive even when he's confused about what it means for him. And he's not the only one with some confusion...Laney who dated Glenn for the past year is definitely surprised too.
There are a lot of little individual story lines within this book and circle of friends and acquaintances. I liked the way Greg Herron handled all this. A lot of it seemed really genuine for how teenagers really are and act, especially when faced with a big change in their lives, which Glenn's coming out provided. He also changed POV's several times within the story line so you got glimpses into these kids psyche's that you wouldn't see otherwise if the book had been written without all the POV's. I thought that was really well done and was truly authentic, especially for those kids who were acting a certain way, but then you got into their heads and found out exactly why.
Overall, it was a highly entertaining book. I'm not a horror fan, but I was fascinated by this story. The ending and all the reason's "why" were just a little too easy for me personally. I wanted a better reason for it all, but it was a fun book to read.
I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.