The Geek and His Artist
by Hope Ryan
Length: 320 pages
Genres: Gay (M/M), Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Can Simon let go of his fear and have love, family, and a normal life with Jimmy?
Simon Williams spends his lunch periods drawing his geek and trying not to think about the nightmare waiting for him at home. He needs to get away from his abusive father before he suffers the same fate as his mother. He's counting the days until his eighteenth birthday because he's learned the hard way running away doesn't work and he can't trust child services.
Jimmy Bennet should be studying at lunch. He doesn't want to screw up his senior GPA and possibly college. But he can't seem to focus thanks to his distracting artist. When he's given the opportunity to tutor Simon in Trig and discovers Simon’s home-life nightmare, he wants nothing more than to get Simon out of danger. That only gets more desperate as he falls further in love with Simon and finds the feelings returned, especially when Simon comes to school the Monday after their first date with bruises. It's not until he gets a call from Simon in the hospital with a broken leg that he can finally convince his boyfriend the Bennets really want him.
Finally safe, Simon can focus on finishing high school, applying for college, working on his new relationship and planning for prom. But the danger he thought was past shows up at the most unexpected time and Simon must now stand up to the fears he's held so long to protect not only himself, but the man he wants to spend his life with.
My Review: 5 of 5 stars
A geek and an artist. At first glance, they couldn't be more opposite, but each watches the other from afar. Both in their senior year of high-school, it should be the best year of their lives, but Simon and Jimmy are facing some of their greatest challenges yet. Scarred by years of abuse, Simon can hardly believe that his attraction to Jimmy is returned, and for the first time in his life Simon feels safe when in Jimmy's arms.
Jimmy struggles with deciding how to come out to his parents, but as Simon's home life becomes increasingly dangerous, those worries fall to the wayside as finding a way to keep Simon safe becomes his only priority.
The heart wrenchingly emotional situations that Simon and Jimmy face took my breath away. Their journey is one of love, loss, hope, and self discovery. The cast of characters include a large group of family and friends that add immeasurable depth to this dramatic story. Well written and edited, Hope Ryan tackles issues that face many of today's young people. The impact this book had on me was profound in so many ways. I ran a whole spectrum of emotions, from laughter, tears, joy and heartbreak. THE GEEK AND HIS ARTIST is not a fluffy romance, but the happy ending Ryan guarantees is well worth the angst along the way.
Young Adult/New Adult LGBT author who loves to write the tough stuff... but always with happy endings. An out and proud bisexual, wife of a loving guy and mother to three, including an amazingly brave gender fluid son. She loves to write about the tough stuff, but also wants to see her characters happy in the end. She feels strongly about showing there is hope for everyone, no matter where you come from, how you identify your gender or who you love.
Hope likes to play board and card games and can often be found playing God with her Sims or running around, fighting monsters in a virtual version of Middle Earth. Her TV and movie preferences lean towards anime, sci fi and fantasy, though she’ll never turn down a good happily ever after love story, either. As long as there are explosions or action, she’s happy. She loves to read books of all kinds, though prefers stories about love in its many forms.
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