Micah Jeager's life is a mess. His folks have split, and now he lives with his mother in the manager's unit of a motel. His mother is seeing a medium to communicate with Micah's older brother, killed in Afghanistan. He had to change schools for his junior year, which made him retreat further into himself, hiding behind his camera—and hiding that he's gay. One sunny day in June, as he's shooting a dead seagull on the shore of Long Island Sound, a mysterious guy appears in a beautiful sailboat. At first, the guy's boat shoes are the image that stays with Micah. But soon it's the person himself, Walker Donnell, who haunts Micah's dreams. Walker's life looks perfect to Micah. His wealthy parents adore him; he has everything he could want; he's gorgeous and generous; and he falls hard for Micah. But he has a secret: Walker is intersex. The closer Walker and Micah grow, the more Walker feels a need to be sure of himself in ways he hasn't fully faced before, and now it's his turn to retreat. Micah knows Walker is worth waiting for, so he waits. And waits.
I read an amazing review of this book by Sammy Goode, and bought the book straight off. Ah, the power of word-of-mouth.
Loved, just loved this story, about people we so seldom see. With beautiful language and turns of phrase that hit me just so.
”You came back to that rock and looked for me, out on the water. I think you want a new friend, too.”
Courage, when you realize you can no longer do nothing – but you still haven’t figured out what you can do.
We need more stories like this one, to lift us up, to see that it is possible to change, it is possible to take a road less traveled.
And that it is possible that other people’s truths are just as valid as your own. Only different.
Simply loved it. Warmly recommend it, especially as there was next to no sex in there, and sweet and slow, what was there.
*** Bought this book with my own monies after reading a smashing review.***
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