This is not an easy read, Cal’s life is not happy, a victim of extreme bullying at school and dealing with issues at home, his life is bleak and heartbreakingly sad. He’s struggling to find a place in the world and becomes increasingly depressed due to these struggles.
While coming out can be traumatic for some young people, there is hope. Cal’s best friend Em, and Em’s feisty grandmother accept him for who he is and support him.
As he asks for help, which is so important, his life begins to improve and his family relationships start to heal.
I feel like pressing a copy of this book into the hands of teachers, mental health teams and parents to help them understand how hard some LGBTQ+ youth are struggling.
For anyone planning to read this, a trigger warning – there are some scenes of violence, abuse, self harm and suicide.
This is well written, moving and timely.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.