AOBibliophile rates Gene Gant's Always Leaving as "Great."
this is not your typical lgbt teenage story where boy meets boy, falls in love and everything afterwards is happily ever after. there is so much more here than meets the reader's eyes.
the book's first quarter appears to be the usual fare found in any story and which are familiar to any reader - introducing the setting and characters and establishing the conflict. now this conflict turns out to be not one but two and each carries it own weight. rather than dragging the plot down, each of this burden propels the main protagonists and other characters to make decisions and spur them into action that impacts on one another.
the second quarter of the book until the very end is filled with exciting yet tense moments as the mystery surrounding Jason unravels. i was not expecting the turn of events and i knew i had to finish the book despite the late hour. it was either a choice between losing some precious sleep or losing my momentum. i sacrificed the former so i carried on and it was worth it!
Gene Gant did a great job with this novel. i like it that:
- there were multi-ethnic characters
- teenage angst was kept to a minimum (too much of it wears down my reading)
- the teenagers behaved responsibly most of the time
- the adults were understanding and supportive
- the issue of prejudice was resolved
- there was a happy ending!
because of this novel, i look forward to reading more of Gene Gant's works in the future.
Read the full review here.