Burn That Bridge
By J.R. Gray
Turns out trading a spot on the cheerleading squad for a fresh fade and all-new pronouns was more of a recipe for disaster than happiness. Coming out as trans in rural Alabama, where football rules and cheer is life, might have been the worst way to start my senior year.
There are no safety nets for people like me in places like this.
But sometimes, hope shows itself in the most unexpected places. New friends help us survive —and maybe— thrive. But falling for Sebastian was not part of the plan.
Embracing my identity put my happiness at odds with my safety. I’m terrified. Terrified to be me. Terrified to be happy. Terrified to love him.
Welcome to senior year.
Try to make it out alive.
This book was beautiful and emotional and I couldn’t put it down. It’s a very well written YA dealing with coming out, falling in love and the amazing friendships that you form.
DJ and Sebastian are adorable together and I love how they easily communicate with each other. The development from friendship to love was slow and so beautiful. I also love that Sebastian already had feelings for DJ from the beginning, how he was so charmingly nervous.
I love the malaphors and the abundance of memes and my nerdy heart is always happy at the mention of anime! I also love how all the parents are incredibly supportive. And Smith was such a great friend to both Sebastian and DJ. My heart broke for DJ, for the things he went through to keep himself hidden away in a rural town with close minded people.
There are few things that are hard to read, mainly the transphobia but it’s also very hopeful. Highly recommended!
TW: transphobia, misgendering, homophobia, self harm, bullying, violence
*ARC provided by the author via Gay Romance Reviews in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
I’m going to take full ownership and admit I was that creepy vampire type and watched him after he passed out. I’m not proud of it, but it happened, and I probably won’t ever admit it to him or anyone else ever. Not that I had an image to lose, but shit, this was some serial killer type shit. I wouldn’t even be a cool one like Hannibal. I’d end up sparkling and allergic to garlic. Rest in peace to keeping my friendship cool.
But he was like a dream lying there in my bed. His long lashes lay against his cheek, and he was peaceful. Something I’d never seen before. There were always lines of tension in his face while he was awake. Even last year.
I wanted this for him.
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About the Author:
Gray is a cynical Chicago native, who drinks coffee all day, barely sleeps, and is a little too fashion obsessed. He writes realistic and damaged characters because everyone deserves a happily ever after.
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