Title Last of the Summer Tomatoes
Author Sherrie Henry
Published July 17th, 2013
Source I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Kyle Jackowski, typical sullen emo teen, struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law… again. But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center like he expected, he is given a chance to commute his sentence by working on a farm for the summer.
Enter Sam, son of the farm owners, who shows Kyle what he feels is perfectly normal and that he doesn’t have to hide from his feelings. In turn, Sam’s parents show Kyle that his abusive stepfather and battered mother are not the norm. With their love and support, Kyle finds his place in the world—by Sam’s side.
I was very nervous about this book as I am not a huge fan of young adults and I have only ever liked one book that was a M/M themed romance. So when Sherrie and I were discussing it I tried to open my mind a bit more than normal and branch out into something new.
It is with great pleasure that I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this novel. While I opened the pages I was hit instantly with with the smiles that came to life of these two boys story. It was very easy to follow. There was not a lot of thought required when reading the book. But there was a lot of enjoyment.
It is hard for me to judge what the book is like in the genre since as I said before this isn't my usual, but, that being said, I feel like this was a very typical coming to age story about the struggles I imagine young men (and women) experience when they are first coming out to their family and friends.
I liked how accepting Sam's family was and how open they were to bringing Kyle into their lives.
If you enjoy YA and/or M/M I would suggest this book to you.
I give this book a solid four stars.
Thank you Sherrie for giving me the opportunity to review this book.