Sunday, January 6, 2013
Where You Are: by J.H. Trumble
After finishing Don't Let Me Go by the same author I immediately downloaded the second book. Which by the way I loved. I can't say if I prefered either one over the other, they were both great. Again I can't express enough appreciation for the character development and dialogue that the author has, in my opinion perfected. Such a smooth read and never a line that pulls you out of the story. This story has two male Main characters in which the author gives us both points of view in the story. That is a very difficult feat to pull off in a manuscript so kudos to you. It is the story of a second year high school math teacher and a senior student. I have to say that I did have an itch in the back of my mind while reading the book, about the love interest. My being a teacher made the scenario a little close to home. But for those aspiring writers out there if ever you wanted some steamy, against the grain subject matter for a book go no further than your local school. Chaos ensues behind the staff room doors. Anyway back to my review. Seeing as I teach elementary, I seemed to have to keep reminding myself that the senior was mature and not some little kid. The dialogue was mature and I am not sure why I kept slipping back to thinking he was too young. My issue not the writers. Robert, the senior is dealing with a lot of personal turmoil, with a dad who is dying but never really a part of his life to begin with and Aunts that have invaded his home. I wanted someone to wrap their arms around him and tell him it wasn't his fault. I enjoyed that aspect of the book a lot. Andrew, the teacher, begins as a support for Robert and then their mentor/student relationship grows to another level. The tension that they are going to get caught is well written and kept me reading. I especially liked that the author pulled in characters from the previous book so it was like seeing how an old friend was doing. As I said when I reviewed an early book with male characters, this author has a way of telling a story that makes the gender of the characters secondary. It is the story I loved and the characters I felt for. It didn't matter what the gender. Great Read.