Review: Andy Squared by Jennifer Lavoie

Andy Squared 
Author: Jennifer Lavoie
Release date: September 18, 2012
Published by: Bold Strokes Books
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The twins, Andrew and Andrea, do everything together. They have since they were born. They play soccer, the same position; they plan to go to college on a soccer scholarship; and, until this year, they had most of their classes together.

Something else is different about this year for Andrew: the arrival of a new student named Ryder. Ryder is very handsome, even Andrew thinks so. But Andrew likes girls—he’s a serial dater. However, whenever Ryder touches Andrew he becomes flushed and shivers; what is wrong with him? Could he really like Ryder in THAT way? What would the people at school say? The only person who is openly gay gets harassed every day—what would that mean for Andrew? And how would his sister and family react? His sister wants them to never change and stay on the path they planned as children.

Join Andrew as he learns about himself and his own ability to endure in the face of betrayal.

My Thoughts: I loved Andrew as a character. He felt very real to me as he went through his self-discovery. I liked how the author slowly allowed Andrew to recognize that he is gay—and the author uses this beautiful attraction plot line to reveal Andrew and his feelings. I also appreciated Ryder’s character, as he patiently waited for Andrew to realize for himself what his emotional changes meant. The whole middle part of the story is a lovely romance, but it is held together with the tension of discovery. Once the boys start dating, they slowly expose themselves to people who either choose to accept them or not.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable romance in which other relationships (parents, friends, classmates) were just as important—and just as interesting to follow.

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