Go West, Young Man
(The Most Popular Guy in the School #2)
Actor , Angst , Athletes , Bigotry , Bullying , Closeted , College , Emotional Abuse , Friends to Lovers , Geeks , High School , Hurt/Comfort , Physical Abuse , Retail
Harmony Ink Press
August 15th, 2012
A few short months ago, Mark Mitchell was a shy nerdy kid who kept his head down and stayed off the radar. He had nothing in common with the in-crowd. But then he got snowed in with Bill Cromwell and learned not to judge a book by its cover. One thing led to another, and now Mark has a boyfriend. A popular boyfriend. A boyfriend who wants to go to prom with him. But Mark worries that Bill is risking too much—his popularity, his friends.
Then there’s graduation: caps, gowns, and a whole new world awaiting Mark and Bill in faraway California. They rent an apartment, join the workforce, start college. It’s the beginning of the journey of their lives, and they should be enjoying it—but amid uncertainty, temporary separations, and bad communication, Mark and Bill have to struggle to hold on to the fledgling relationship that grounds them when the outside world seems to move too fast.
- Memorable after I put it down for a few hours
- Their limo driver at the prom was a literal life-saver…
- The prom speech*
- That the author shows that women are just as capable of assault as men**
- The coincidences between Derek and Bill made for interesting reading
- Mark has been really mature throughout this book...
- Mark getting things done and helping Bill while having very little support system of his own
- Hip deep
Mood Upon Completion
- Very few/no typos
- …because Bill's stalker wannabe-girlfriend just couldn't handle that Bill didn't want her and tried to drug him so she could rape him
- Saying that a woman was an over the hill actress; could have left out that descriptor entirely - age shaming is a no-no
- This book is just one big misunderstanding; Bill was a terrible communicator and left Mark to panic for days on end
- When Bill tells Moira (whose son killed himself) that he's not sure he wants to live anymore - YOU FOOL, don't say that to her!
- ...but he should have waited for Bill to come back and give the full story; who believes celebrity gossip?!
- Mark's depression was over a bit too quickly; one day he was like 'WHY?!?!' and the next he was sort of saying he'll fix himself tomorrow...and did it
- Weakly emotional
- Character death (minor, one, past)
- Cheating (alleged, major and supporting, two, present)
- Non-con (attempted, major, one, present)
^Both characters are in college and 18, so it could have happened, but didn’t
*“The days of us hiding in the shadows are finished. We will not go quietly into the dark of night to allow you to pretend you live in a happy 1950s sitcom world that simply doesn’t exist. We are real. We are here. We are equal. And we will be treated with respect, or you will buy yourself one hell of a lot of trouble. Now, go away and let us dance.”
**I don’t think this character’s portrayal is misogynistic, but realistic; I’ve seen women say things like this online, so it’s unfortunately not an over-the-top caricature to me.
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