Booklist Reviews 2014 June #1
Jamie is perfectly happy to stay closeted at school, particularly when it comes to his best friend, Mason. If Mason found out he was gay—let alone probably in love with him—Jamie is sure that Mason would never speak to him again. So Jamie focuses on editing his school's literary magazine, which is the perfect distraction—until someone submits a short comic (included) about two boys falling in love, and the lit-mag staff are divided over the homosexual content. As Jamie becomes more embroiled in the controversy and closer to new friends in the Gay-Straight Alliance, he feels mounting pressure to come out and admit his true feelings for Mason. In a light and earnest first-person narrative, Jamie reveals his insecurities and the walls he constructs to protect himself, and it's gratifying to watch him gain confidence and choose to not hide anymore. Tregay handles homophobia gently, which, along with the happy ending and refreshingly supportive community, makes this a breezy romance with just enough light drama to keep its feet on the ground. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall
Everyone in art class knows that Jamie loves Mason...except Mason. Caught between a desire to profess his feelings and a need to preserve the boys' best-friendship, Jamie struggles to come to terms with his complicated emotions. Meanwhile, his art friends are determined to play matchmaker. An exploration of the boundaries (real and perceived) in friendships, this is a refreshing love story.
PW Reviews 2014 April #3
A high school literary magazine becomes the vehicle for a number of awakenings in Tregay's (Love and Leftovers) tender coming-of-age-and-coming-out story. Narrator Jamie has been open about his sexuality to his parents since ninth grade but, fearing rejection, he heads toward graduation still closeted from his best friend, Mason, with whom he is falling in love. Though Jamie isn't the rebellious type, when the literary magazine's board tries to avoid controversy by rejecting a lesbian student's comic (illustrated by DeJesus and not seen by PW) depicting love between two boys, Jamie's righteous indignation propels him to take unorthodox steps to address their prejudice. Poems by classmates, some anonymous, appear between chapters, providing poignant insight into supporting characters' inner lives. Suspense builds as Jamie's fear blinds him to signals readers will likely discern. The school's factions are refreshingly nuanced, not stereotyped; a lack of understanding does not equate with meanness. The fact that even with supportive adults, encouraging friends, and a gay-straight alliance, coming out can be a daunting prospect will make this story resonate with readers. Ages 13–up. Agent: Danielle Chiotti, Upstart Crow Literary. (June)[Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC