Rating: 4.25 stars
Buy Links: Amazon | All Romance
Casey Minton is a high school junior who has been a victim of bullying for years. The same girls have been terrorizing him throughout high school and it’s left its mark. Casey is beautiful, kind, and open-hearted and his trusting nature means he’s repeatedly taken advantage of. Casey now has anxiety attacks and can’t even think about coming out as gay when he’s afraid to even walk down the halls of his high school.
When Casey is put into a group project with two other guys — Nate DeMarco and Zander Zane — he expects to get more of the same, especially since Zander is a jock soccer player who hangs around the same popular girls who have been bullying Casey. Instead, what Casey finds are two really good friends. Nate comes from a tough family life and is trying to shake off his deadbeat druggie reputation. Zander is slowly realizing that he can’t sit back and let his friends bully anymore, but that he’ll need to start standing up for his beliefs before he becomes part of the problem. Zander is gay himself, though even more in the closet than Casey. As the three boys grow closer during their school project, they become a team that watches each other’s backs. They also find that they’re a powerful force to be reckoned with, if they can start opening the eyes of their fellow high school students and stop the bullying for good.
I was really interested in reading this book because I believe it’s the first YA m/m/m published, or at least one of the first. The concept is intriguing, and I think for the most part this book was really successful. I loved the idea that these three boys were able to use the happiness they found in a relationship with each other to make positive changes in their worlds. Besides that, though, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about the plot and, while I enjoyed the characters, I thought they could’ve been a little more complex, rather than kind of stereotypical depictions of the jock, the stoner, and the geek.
The world of m/m/m is fascinating to me and I tend to look at it as more fantasy and less realistic than m/m, even though I’m sure there are many successful m/m/m relationships, simply because the logistics of a long-term throuple would be difficult to navigate. It was especially difficult for me to believe that a mature m/m/m relationship could thrive among such young men. However, I’d like to believe that there are three young men in high school out there that are brave enough to live authentically open lives and to show so much support to those they love. If not realistic, this book is heart-warming and hopeful.
Overall, this was a great little book. It’s not overly sexual, which is a good thing since we’re dealing with YA. It also deals with some really tough high school issues fairly well, though sometimes they teetered on the edge of overblown and contrived. If you’re a fan of m/m/m, I think you’ll like this. If anything, it’s interesting to see how this type of relationship is handled among teenagers.