Monday, July 13, 2015

When I Grow Up (Tales From Foster High #8) by John Goode

When I Grow Up (Tales From Foster High, #8)
After graduation, Kyle Stilleno and Brad Graymark move to California to pursue their dreams. But high school sweethearts are called that for a reason, and their love rarely stands up to the test of time. As money, school, sex, and jealousy test their relationship to the breaking point, Kyle and Brad fight to hold on to the love that brought them together.
But when a frantic phone call sends them back to Texas, they discover love and understanding might not be enough this time.

Todd’s rating:


God. This book, this book, this book...

I finished it about 3 weeks ago and have kind of stewed in my own juices about the ending ever since. Like when you want to just blurt out something, but you know you'll never be able to shove it back in your mouth or take it back.

I know it's just me and I know logically that the way the book ended was needed, but 8 books in, the way that this one was wrapped up for people who feel like family to me felt like a good, swift kick in my nuts. Not. Cute. or. Fun.

The book's still getting 5 solid *nut-crunching* stars, because it's John and it's Brad and Kyle, and because I LOVE all three dearly, but I would have loved for the book to have wrapped up differently.

Did I like that the book had (yet another) HEA? Yes.

Did I hate Brad's ginormous "No" toward the end? Hell. Fucking. Yes. I. Did.

Firstly, Dani and I have discussed, ad nauseam, how we hate, hate, hate books that fuck with happily ever afters for established couples that we love. Sooo not a fan.

Secondly, I would have been somewhat more okay with Brad's plan *if* I could have a part of the journey, instead of just without even a single detail during that period. It left me feeling completely cheatedwhen I'd rather not miss a second.

Thirdly, if they were strong enough to survive Brad's plan, deep down I feel that they could have made it work, growing up together, without

Fourthly, rant over. Breathing and moving forward.

My favorite parts of book 8 were Robbie and Sebastian. They really came into their own, speaking up for what they felt was right, even if that meant possibly pissing off their partners. They fucking brought it this time.

Conversely, Teddy (one sonic screwdriver away from being a Time Lord) and Colt (selfish, dipshit asshole) can get fucked. If I never hear of either of them again, no loss for me.

But I would love for Troy, Kyle's half-brother, to make a reappearance in future books. : )

So, as I said, 5 solid *nut-crunching-moving-along-now* stars for book 8.

God, I feel like I've just given birth, but at least all that 'purge' above does indicate how deeply I care about these two amazing characters, right? ;- )

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  1. Todd, you couldn't have said if any better!!! 5 stars just because , well it's John Goode and Kyle and Brad!!!
    But NO,NO,NO John!!!! Not happy with the ending! I hate we're missing out on a few years seeing them together. And we know the two of them are so in love with one another they can overcome anything. TOGETHER!!! For Brad to have to leave is just NOT A HEA ENDING!!! And really, three years apart?!!! Really?????

    1. HA, I quite literally *stewed* for two weeks before I could even contemplate writing my review for this book. Yep, I was pissed.

      John and I talked on Facebook and he knows how much I love his work and how much his readers emotionally invest in his characters, so he seemed to understand our (insane, crazy) frustrations about the separation.

      And John divulged that Teddy (asshole) and Colt break up when Colt starts doing *PORN* in the next book, so it's all good in Foster, TX for me now. hehe :- )


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