Us Three

Mia Kerick
Us Three
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
April 2014
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Young Adult Romance

In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton's biggest worry isn't being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he's determined to get through high school. Zander Zane's story is different: he's popular, a jock. Zander knows he's gay, but fellow students don't, and he'd like to keep it that way.

No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other's talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united. If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Apr 15, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
192 people found the following review helpful
What a story. What a wonderful, beautiful story.

Three boys--Zander, Nate and Casey, who are all trying to make it through high school--are put together for a project. How could they have known that it just might have been the best thing that ever happened to them? But it was.

The chemistry between these three was off the charts. They fit together so perfectly, whether it was two of them together or all three of them together, I could feel all the emotion flowing between them. What they had was unexpected for the boys. While they were working together, this strong and solid bond was forming and they had no idea. They had no idea that they could have two people in their life that meant so much to them, that without all three of them there, it just wasn't the same. Just two would have never worked.

The main focus of US THREE was the terrible bullying. The bullying was heavy. It was intense and gut-wrenching. This poor boy, Casey, who is just trying to get by, just won't be left alone. The mean girls won't let him be. It's incredibly brave of him to return to school after the horrible things that were done to him. I loved, absolutely loved, how Nate and Zander were there for Casey. They were both there but in completely different ways. They helped in their own way, and both were equally loving and effective in their efforts.

Casey, Nate and Zander's characters were written flawlessly. Flawlessly, I tell you! They were three very distinct and different people. Their dialogue and choices were true to who they were every single time. The way they comforted and loved each other was different for each of them and I could see their individuality shine through in every scene.

The story is written from all three of their POVs. Sounds exhausting, right? Having to keep up with three different POV's and all male? But each boy had a different way of telling their side of the story and every time the POV switched, I hadn't realized how much I needed to hear from one of the other three. I don't even have a favorite character and there wasn't one I preferred to read about. I really adored hearing from all of them because they were so different and they were special to me for different reasons. Casey, Zander and Nate all had a story to tell and they had their own way of doing it. Which, again, fit perfectly with their character.

US THREE is one of the best books I've read this year. It wasn't an easy read, but it was definitely beautiful and honest. There were some horribly difficult moments and some romantic and sweet moments. It was intense, but completely worth it.
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