Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Where You Are - J.H. Trumble

Where I got it: Inter-library Loan
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 3.5 stars (I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one.)
Genre: Young Adult/Adult
Publication Date: December 24, 2012
Publisher: Kensington
Page Count: 320 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Robert's life kind of sucks. His dad is dying and his aunts have invaded his house. These aren't doting aunts either, at least not to Robert. Then he has his boyfriend who's a boyfriend by name only. He would much rather hang out with his "girls" than with Robert. Robert is pretty much alone, until Mr. Mac. Andrew McNelis (Mr. Mac) has a weird home life. He married a girl when he got her pregnant, but he's gay. They lived together for awhile, but things didn't quite work out. Andrew notices a change in Robert and wants to help, but has been made very aware of the line between teachers and students. Unfortunately sometimes lines have to be crossed and there is nothing anyone can do to keep them there.

I'm not sure where to start with this book. It sort of ruined my life. I was so anxious reading this novel. I was just waiting and waiting for something bad to happen. There is no way that people can just be happy. Someone always has to stick their nose where it doesn't belong. My chest hurt until the final page and then I let out the breath I had been holding in. So if you're going to read this, consider this your warning.

The story is told alternating between Andrew and Robert's points of view. I think this made it a much more intense read. The reader needs both sides of the story. All those feelings need to be out in the open for the reader to understand the heartache and longing. If this was told from just one point of view it probably would have fallen a bit flat. It would have been much easier to categorize as YA or Adult, but it wouldn't have been nearly as beautiful.

This is a story about a student-teacher relationship, but it was really so much more. Don't let that dissuade you. This was a beautiful, heartbreaking novel and you should definitely read it if you enjoy realistic fiction. This is so real. Andrew and Robert have to deal with so much, apart and together. I envy their love, but not their lives.

The ending was a bit !!!!!! I don't know how else to explain it. I just wanted to smack both of them and scream "Don't be so stupid!" I loved the end though and as I said, afterwords I got to breathe a big sigh of relief.

First Line:
"You still here?"

Favorite Line:
"'Isn't that what a guy brings when he's courting his paramour?'"

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