The Sacrifices We Make

Sophie Bonaste
The Sacrifices We Make
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
October 2013
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Young Adult Romance

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Adam Jameson has always felt like an outsider in his own home, where his parents' constant efforts to instill religious fervor have instead filled him with fear. Most of the time, he just wants to stay out of everybody's way. But when Adam is forced to volunteer at a homeless shelter his senior year in high school, everything changes. He's introduced to people who care about more than religion and, as a result, he starts to come out of his shell. For the first time in his life, Adam finds people who he wants to be around.

Mickey Stafford lives on the streets, a teen kicked out by his parents for being gay. He comes to the shelter for food and medical care, and after they literally run into each other, the two boys strike up a friendship. As Mickey introduces his new friend to the world he lives in, Adam starts to question everything: his parents, their religion, even his own beliefs. Once Mickey kisses him, Adam starts soul-searching and finds his heart, which is full of love for Mickey. But these two young men will have their love put to the test as they face a future of uncertainty and fear.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Oct 17, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
137 people found the following review helpful
THE SACRIFICES WE MAKE really brings to light some of the harsh realities that young, gay teens have to face.

Adam grew up in a very religious setting, which is perfectly fine, but his family went into the realm of hatred, ignorance and intolerance of anything that went against their very strict belief system. Adam was getting to an age where he was starting to form his own beliefs and thoughts about life and what is right and wrong. Fortunately, he saw through their hypocrisy and chose a different path.

Adam's parents have him do charity work by volunteering at the homeless shelter on the other side of town. This was the best thing that could have ever happened to Adam because he was able to meet Mickey. Mickey was a homeless boy his age that frequented the shelter. Adam and Mickey became instant best friends and formed an inseparable bond.

Their insta-love wasn't love right away, but it was still insta. Yet, it was completely believable. Here's why, Adam has never found anyone he could relate to. Nobody he could be completely honest and himself with. Well, he found that someone in Mickey and he was going to hold on tight and never let go. Because of his inexperience with friendship, Adam had no idea that their hugs, constant touches and hand holding was not the norm for teenage boys who were only besties. Once he realized this, he had a minor freak-out period but, like I said, he still wasn't letting go.

I just adored these two boys and the loving way they took care of each other. Mickey never pushed Adam for more than he could give. He never pushed him to go against his family because that would result in Adam hurting himself. Mickey sacrificed a lot in order to keep Adam safe from his family. In turn, Adam also made a sacrifice that turned his whole world upside down. Together they were able to fight some really tough battles. What they lacked in a real family, they were able to make with each other. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking, all at the same time.

What stopped this from being a five star read was that the dialogue felt stilted and, at times, flowed unnaturally. What irked me the most was that in the dialogue the characters almost never used contractions. It would go like this, "I am sorry, Mother, but I will not be able to help." I was okay with this for a while, but when I would come across "I am" when in my head I'm reading "I'm," it really threw me out of the story. It would cause me to have to go back and reread it the way the author had written it, not how I had assumed it was written in my head. This seems very minor, but reading this stiff type of dialogue throughout the book caused my enjoyment to lessen. I think this was used in an effort to further prove the formality in the family, but ultimately, it felt forced.

I was able to look past the writing because I was so utterly engaged in this story. I couldn't put it down until I knew these boys were together and safe. I loved these characters and I loved their story. It's one I'll be remembering for some time.
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