Wrestling with Desire

D.H. Starr
Wrestling with Desire
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Featherweight Publishing
Release Date
October 2010

Derek Thompson is a senior, a wrestler, and has a secret. He's gay.

Scott Thayer is a new student who has just moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts from Iowa. On the first day of school Derek and Scott meet and their lives change in an instant.

As Derek and Scott discover the things they have in common, they enter into one of the closest and most loving relationships either of them has ever experienced. When unexpected circumstances threaten their relationship, they both have to make a decision. DO they protect their secret and separate? Or fight for what they want...each other?

Book Review by Debbie (reviewer)
Nov 08, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
223 people found the following review helpful
I would have to say that this is the best coming of age story I have ever read. It shows the true angst of high school and teenage years. This story is about two senior high school students, Derek Thompson and Scott Thayer. Scott had moved to Cambridge Massachusetts from Iowa. Derek volunteered to show Scott around the school on the first day of class. Their friendship blossomed from the very start. Can you say love at first sight? Both being wrestlers, they had that in common and they were rarely apart. Beck (Rebecca) is Derek's best friend. She pulls no punches and very much speaks her mind on matters. She loves to threaten great devastating harm to various male body parts when she's displeased. She was truly entertaining, but she was also a very important part of the book.

I felt this story was very well written. It was sensitive to the issue of being gay and the fear of discovery. The friendship between Derek and Scott was very sweet. It was interesting to watch each boy try to figure out if the other had the same sexual preferences. Each of them was afraid to broach the topic with the other. This was the first time for both of them to have any sort of relationship. I was rooting for them the entire way. I actually found myself telling each boy, as I was reading, "ask him already". I was really drawn into this book.

At one point, the boys are forced apart and it was devastating for both of them. And I will admit it brought out my motherly instincts. I wanted to go right into that book and shake some sense into Scott's parents. His father was never around, but he wanted absolute perfection from his son. When he didn't get what he thought was necessary, he would pose impossible restrictions on Scott. It just about broke the boys apart for good. And Scott's mother would not stand up to him so things got a little tense. It was just so sad and I cried in frustration right along with them. The boys' mothers were very concerned about them. They were both so sullen and depressed and they knew something had to be done. So when the boys' mothers got together for a private talk, Scott's mother realized she needed to become more assertive and she lifted Scott's restrictions. It was so wonderful to see the boys back together again. When Scott showed up at Derek's house, they weren't the only ones in tears.

This book has a great ending. It was a very sweet romance. I didn't read anything about a possible sequel, but should that happen I would be first in line to buy it. This is the first book by D.H. Starr that I have ever read and he did a wonderful job. I will definitely be looking at his other books.
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