Title: What About Everything? (Tales from Foster High #9)
Author: John Goode
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 23rd 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 230 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Sequel to Taking Chances
No matter how fast you run, the past has a way of catching up with you.
When an accident ruins Matt’s parents’ anniversary party, Tyler and Matt decide a vacation is in order, and they book a gay Disney cruise with Robbie and Sebastian. It’ll be the perfect place to relax and do some much-needed soul-searching.
A couple of years have passed since they met, but Tyler and Matt are no closer to getting married. They must take a long, hard look at their relationship and decide if they’re happy with the way things are, or if they want more—and if they can find the courage to take the next step. A difficult choice is made even harder when two people they thought they’d left behind show up to complicate the issue and turn the whole cruise upside down.
Told mostly from the POV of Matt, Tyler, Sebastian, and Robbie this story in the Tales from Foster High series focuses on Matt and Tyler’s relationship and Tyler’s almost supernatural ability to sabotage his own happiness.
“I love you,” he interrupted breathlessly. “That’s what I was saying out there, that I love you.”
“And I love you too, Tyler, but those three words don’t change things. They don’t solve problems. They’re just words without actions, without changes, and we have been doing the same thing for too long now. I need something more, Tyler.”
He just stood there.
“This isn’t an ultimatum. I’m not saying you need to do this or else. But things need to change, Tyler, before we grow stale and we become roommates who have sex.”
When Tyler’s good intentions leave him on shaky ground with Matt he gets advice about stepping up his game. This leads to a lot of hilarity.
I love the humor that infuses so much of this story, and damn, but it’s needed at times. Because this isn’t just a they sail away into the sunset with ease kind of story. No, this is a they had to work hard for it kind of story.
Because this story is all kinds of hilarious before and after you get socked in the metaphorical gut with all the feels. But make no mistake – your feels get a workout.
Beyond Tyler and Matt and their whole storyline there is Robbie and Sebastian, and lord knows I absolutely love Robbie and Sebastian, especially when they’re dispensing advice and/or being the white knight, they were both spot on perfect.
“Sebastian, I don’t…”
“Yeah, don’t care,” he said, holding up his hand. “As your best friend, I need to… I am, right?”
I cocked my head. “What?”
“I’m your best friend. I mean. I’m assuming here, but we talk, like, every day, and I’ve seen your boyfriend’s junk, so I thought that meant we’re best friends, but I don’t want to overstep my boundaries if you think I’m just a bro or a normal friend.”
The only thing keeping this from being perfect, for me, was that there were a couple of scenes I would have liked to have gotten a better glimpse at that were off page. I’m not even talking about the sex scenes, considering they’re mostly off page or lightly described, and strangely enough, that actually worked for me.
You need to understand something, okay? John Goode knows how to write characters so real you will wish you had the ability to reach through the pages and shake and smack them when they do something stupid. But you also want to be able to hold them when they break. Laugh with them and be there with them when they celebrate the wonderful milestones in their lives. Because John Goode knows how to write.
Fans of the series won’t be disappointed. What About Everything? has humor, strong characters, some light angst, and a lot of emotion.
If you’re new to the Tales from Foster High series, well, this is not a standalone. If you haven’t already read the other books in the Tales from Foster High series I would absolutely, strongly, recommend you do so. It’s a fantastic series with characters that keep growing with every installment. This series holds such a dear place in my heart. Now go get this book!