Publication Date: 10/18/2011
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Reeling from his mother's suicide, seventeen-year-old Alex Bainbridge retreats from the world around him, often finding solace on a secluded island behind his house. As an Armenian-American living in a small Southern town, Alex struggles to fit in. His close friendship with the outspoken Jillian Dambro is his only saving grace, until he meets and falls in love with Robby LaMont—an introverted new student at school. As the year unfolds and the lives of the adults around them unravel, the three teens form an unbreakable bond, vowing to do anything to stay together—even if it means leaving everything behind.
What a weirdly entertaining book. Alex has always had trouble fitting in, but over the summer he has found out something interesting about himself. He is gay. He doesn't want anyone to know, including his best friend Jillian Dambro. Jillian and Alex have been friends since forever. They tell each other their secrets and the school thinks they have been in a relationship with each other for the longest time. Then, a new family comes to town. Robby LaMont is gay and interested in Alex. Alex is also interested in Robby. Jillian finds herself attracted to Robby's father, who happens to also be her English teacher. This attraction leads to a lot of consequences for everyone involved.