Monday, September 29, 2014
TRUST ME: PICK UP THIS BOOK!
TRUST ME by: Jeff Erno
reviewed by: Becky
Shawn Graham and Bobby Wilder couldn't be more different. Shawn is a devout Christian fundamentalist from northern Michigan; Bobby is a street-smart latchkey kid from southern Ohio. From an early age, they are both confused and troubled by their attraction to the same sex. Shawn believes that homosexuality is sinful, and a traumatic incident of childhood sexual abuse adds to his guilt and shame. Bobby has an image to maintain and flatly denies the possibility that his same-sex attractions even exist. He's just too cool to be gay. When they finally connect, their preconceptions are suddenly dwarfed by what they feel for each other. They become inseparable and fall deeply in love; however, love doesn't make life easy. Plans are in motion that will surely devastate the young couple. Painful experiences of the past overshadow happy memories, and heartbreaking obstacles loom over the possibility of a future. If Shawn and Bobby want to stay together, they will have to fight with everything they have.
What a beautiful coming of age story, written to make you feel that you were going through the same experiences that these two boys went through. My heart broke for these teens, and I rejoiced in the fact that they had a love strong enough to transition through all their pain, and the small mindedness of others. Jeff Erno doesn't just tell a story, he paints a picture, we actually see the love, the heartbreak, and finally, the redemption of this beautiful couple. I highly recommend this book, pick this up and it will be a book you will not put down until you are done!