- Harmony Ink
- Release Date
- February 2014
LGBTQ, Young Adult Romance
One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn't recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.
Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can't hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.
Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He's attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before "the change." Where he'd been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he's a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.
Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his "superjock" former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan's newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he's genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott's trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan's obsession.
With a foreword by C. Kennedy
Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Sep 11, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
149 people found the following review helpful
THE RED SHEET is a powerful YA novel. It will hit you right in the heart.
When Bryan wakes up one morning, he's ready to save the world while wearing his red cape. This would be all good and well if it was normal behavior for Bryan. Except for it's so not his norm. He's the bully. The jock everyone steers clear from. But he doesn't quite remember being that person. So, he's shocked to find out that the boy he's attracted to was brutally hurt by none other than Bryan himself.
Bryan knows that he needs Scott in his life. But Scott won't have anything to do with him, and rightfully so. The way Bryan treated Scott was almost unforgivable. Almost, except for how freaking loveable he became when trying to win Scott back. He was able to change and become the kind of person he knew he should be. The kind of person he wanted to be.
There were some flashbacks throughout, showing us and Bryan his behavior from the past. Showing him how truly cruel he was to the boy he claimed to care so much about.
Wow. How powerful. To be able to look at yourself from the outside looking in. What a different perspective on life all of us would have if we even had a glimpse. Just a glimpse at how others see you would probably be amazing, terrible and horrifying all at the same time. This is the gift Bryan was given, and I'm so happy he saw it that way, and he took the gift and used it to change.
I have to mention their teacher, Ms. Libby. I simply adored her and her willingness to help Bryan. She altered her teaching to help a boy make amends. And this is what parents want for their kids. Yeah, we want success, but really, we want kids to be loving human beings. And I love that the teacher put that as her highest priority.
There were so many things I loved about THE RED SHEET, all without mentioning their adorableness. Shocking, I know. I do love my YA cutie-patooties. They definitely fit into the cute category. Even though they had an established relationship, readers are able to witness them starting fresh with Bryan's new perspective on life and the way he wants to live it.
Bravo, Ms. Kerick. This one's a beauty, and a powerful one, at that.
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