Sharing Secrets

Author

Matthew J. Metzger

Publisher

Finch Books

Release Date

September 5th 2017

ISBN/ASIN

9781786517746

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Adam has a secret. But maybe Charlie has a few of his own.

Adam’s got a secret and nobody knows.

He’s promised himself never to get into relationships and risk revealing it, but Charlie Fielding has a way of getting under one’s skin. One party, one kiss and Adam is faced with a horrible choice—tell Charlie the truth or keep quiet. And either way, lose the only friends he’s had in years.

But Charlie might have a secret, too—and everybody knows but Adam.

3.5

Good

Book Cover

  • Generic but attractive^

Engagement

  • Memorable after I put it down for a few hours

Likes

  • That Charlie ended up being a pretty good egg
  • When Adam tells Charlie he shouldn't be ashamed of his brain doing what it does*
  • When a teacher tells Adam she knew he was texting because people don't look down at their crotch and smile without a good reason
  • That Adam's dad tells him to go get tested, and warns Adam to lie about his age so that he is able to be tested**
  • When Charlie pointed out that they've both got issues; Charlie told Adam that if Charlie ever gets a paper cut, Adam will freak out and blast into outer space or something lol
  • How I've never heard someone's eyes described as 'the exact color of summer skies and mania'

Character Depth

  • Chest deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Apathetic

Grammar

  • Very few typos

Sex Scenes

  • Scene-free^^

Dislikes

  • That this book actually feels too long; I found myself wondering if it was over yet, and looking at the time left reading often, compared to what I usually do
  • How Adam keeps harping on how weird Charlie's hands are due to his physical malformation (4 fingers instead of 5)
  • That it seemed like Ollie didn't give a shit about Adam's problems***
  • Grandparents that reject a grandchild just because they are adopted****
  • That Charlie's mom has been telling him horrible shit for awhile now

Emotional Depth

  • Weakly emotional

Content Warnings

  • Character death (attempted)
  • Abuse (physical/emotional, one, past)
  • Violence

^Fits the story decently enough
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^^I think – if there were sex scenes, I don’t remember them
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*Adam’s reasoning is because it’s not Charlie’s fault, and then Charlie says that if that’s the case, why is Adam ashamed of his HIV, because that’s not HIS fault. Well played, dude. It’s made pretty clear that Adam having HIV is not his fault, because he was still a kid, so I wondered if that was why he was up for adoption. It makes perfect sense that his (new) parents likely adopted him knowing about his HIV, as they are a doctor and a lawyer, and neither is a stranger to research
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**This is the pinnacle of awkward sex talks between Charlie and Adam’s dad, because Adam is just sitting there wanting to die; the condom scene was just hilarious. It’s important to open this kind of information up to other young adults who might read this book
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***She was so focused on Charlie’s feelings that she didn’t even care that Adam said he pushed Charlie away for a reason, then she says something like ‘well I thought better of him’. Well, I thought better of her! Jesus, give him a break, damn. Some things just aren’t her business, but I don’t think she quite understands that.
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****I would think they would be happy that there is a child at all. I’ve never heard of this type of rejection; it’s sad.

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