I had heard a lot of good things about this book and was very excited to read it. I ended up reading it in its entirety on a Saturday and just couldn’t put it down. At first, I was skeptical of the perspective alternating between brothers but, once I was well into the book, I found that it didn’t take away from my reading experience at all. I, maybe predictably, did enjoy Alex’s parts of the story more, however.
The actual romance aspect of the book was very well done. In fact, I wish there was more of it! I found Nathen to be a very likable and fulfilling character (despite any qualms I might have with his perhaps over-usage of the term ‘buddy’). As with any story, there had to be some sort of drama, so the situation with Tyler and his hate wasn’t any big surprise. Once the book ended on a chapter in James’ point of view, I had closed it and reopened, wishing for an extra chapter to appear to detail just a little bit more about Alex and Nathen’s relationship - that is how much I enjoyed it.
As for everything else, the relationships between Alex and James and their neighbor, Henry, and their parents and the kids at school and, well, any other character, were all beautifully drawn. There was never any unnecessary conflict or extra writing or stock characters that could be thrown away. Some of the students’ attitudes towards homosexuality were quite the norm but they were not over exaggerated or blatantly stereotypical.
This wasn’t the perfect book written in the most perfect form of prose and outlining a perfect and happy same-sex relationship. It was, however, a well-developed examination at the bond between two brothers and the subsequent friendships that can arise out of a bad situation. Wilson’s novel isn’t one to be missed.