High school seniors Ellis and Dale are as different as day and night, or so Ellis believes. Ellis loves to write, while Dale loves soccer. Ellis has only a handful of friends, and Dale is Mr. Popularity. But when they’re partnered up for an AP English project, Ellis learns different can be good. Really good.
Dale Stephens has it all: friends, a hot girlfriend, mad soccer skills—and a secret. He’s bisexual, but because he’s never been in love with a boy, it’s always been easier to keep that part of himself hidden. Until Ellis changes everything.
As their love grows, Dale realizes it’s Ellis he wants to be with—only he’s not ready for the world to know about them, especially after the way his mom reacts to the news.
But when they are outed by a bully who has made a career out of tormenting Ellis, Dale and Ellis must face down their fears and try to stay together. What will happen when the bully goes too far? Will Ellis come out of it unscathed?
As soon as I saw the blurb for "A Good Enough Reason," I was sold and knew that there was no way that I'd skip reading this story.
A jock, a nerd, a high school bully taking things too far. Up my alley? So much ' yes ' to that question.
However, while all of the plot points for a really great story were there and I liked both MC's, this one was not only nearly free of sex, but also nearly free of feels for me.
When trying to figure out why this story didn't fully connect for me, the only thing that I can really think of reason-wise would be the lack of certain details to flesh out the characters and situations as much as I would have liked.
Yes, Ellis is a 17 year old high school senior, with aspirations of becoming a writer, who writes constantly, but we're never given any details into the actual story that he's writing, as if it's not really that important. Plus, there's little to no physical description of Ellis. He's 'lithe' and has a small nose piercing, but that's about all we get.
And yes, Dale is an 18 year old soccer player, with aspirations of becoming an, oh wait, we're never told. He has brown hair, brown eyes and is also 'lithe', but other than 'hot,' we really don't get much elaboration there, either. I would have loved additional details behind Dale's character, what makes him tick.
The blurb accurately describes what plot points you can expect, so I'm not rehashing that info here, but as the story and their relationship progressed from being friends to boyfriends, my connection with the story never really came into focus. It felt a bit two dimensional.
Also, one of the untouched points that really annoyed me was the lack of discussion about what happens 'after high school,' only that both boys would be attending 'the closest college.' Ummm, the same college, perhaps? No idea, but having that info would've helped me, maybe, see more of a long-term future for these two.
Definitely deserving honorable mention, though, were some of the supporting characters. I absolutely loved Dale's best friend, Seth and Dale's dad, plus Ellis' brother, Connor. Some of the other side characters came across as trying a bit too hard, which induced a few eye rolls here and there for me.
The story concludes with a solid "I really like you" vibe, but no real feelings beyond that are divulged between the MC's, so I'd only classify this one as an HFN, but not an HEA.
So overall I'd give this one a fairly-ambivalent 3 stars, because I thought the book was fine, but never really gave me "A Good Enough Reason" to become fully invested.
My ARC copy of the story was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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