Lucky Linus

Gene Gant
Lucky Linus
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Harmony Ink Press
Release Date
July 2015
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Young Adult Romance

Is the possibility of fulfilling your heart's desire worth the risk of breaking it?

Fourteen-year-old Linus Lightman is understandably reluctant to trust his newest foster family, the Nelsons, after he's bounced through the system since being being taken from his neglectful mother. He's certain they will reject him when they find out he's gay, and getting to know them will only lead to hurt later. Trying to cope, he builds a friendship with Kevin Mapleton, and it quickly grows into romance, despite Linus's fears. Then a video of Linus and Kevin having sex is posted online, and Linus knows from past experience exactly what's going to happen. This sort of scandal will cost him his new home and Kevin's love, snatching away his fragile hopes of belonging.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Aug 19, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
166 people found the following review helpful
LUCKY LINUS is a coming of age tale that's both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

The story begins when Linus is a young child. It tells of the neglect he endured from his mother and the abuse from his mother's boyfriend. He was taken from his home and placed in different foster homes. Some homes were safe and some of the homes he lived in were not. Linus suffered more heartache and abuse than anyone should have to bear, let alone a child.

As a teenager he's placed with the Nelsons. They seem nice enough, but Linus isn't getting too attached. He knows what happens with the nice ones; for one reason or another, he has to move on. So he keeps a tentative relationship with this family he's living with.

He joins an online LGBT group where he meets another boy his age, Kevin. They hit it off while chatting and meet up. They start hanging out more and more, until they get caught in some illegal activity.

I really loved Linus. He's such a strong character. Linus doesn't let his circumstances keep him down. Yes, he keeps his new family at arms' length, but he's such a good kid. He protects himself from more heartbreak, but all without becoming too jaded.

There was a lot going on here. Either more length, or less conflict would have helped this story feel more fleshed out. I liked that he found peace with both his new family and with Kevin, but neither felt completely resolved. Some major growth with the Nelsons was skipped over and then, all of a sudden, Linus has an HEA. After all he'd been through, seeing him bond with them would have been great, especially with his siblings.

Linus' story is an unforgettable one. It's highly recommended for YA fans.
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