Title: Lane’s (Life According to Maps #2)
Author: Nash Summers
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 22nd 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Young Adult
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“The world lapsed into slow motion.[…]
In through the impossibly bright light, walked Lane. His shirt flapped in wind that didn’t exist, just like that one scene of the glittery guy from that teen vampire movie Benji had made Maps watch. Maps held his breath. […] And then Lane said the most devastatingly romantic thing Maps had ever heard.
And that’s how Maps experiences his first love, y’all. In the same hilarious, OTT, dramatic way he experiences EVERYTHING!
This is Maps’s last chance to do some growing up. In a few months time, everyone will be going away to college, including Lane and Benji. And no matter how much Maps tries to stall and avoid the inevitable, he has to start making plans too. But what if these plans can’t include his boyfriend and his best friend?
Maps is still head over hills for Lane, because who wouldn’t? Lane was…
“…better than amazing, he was perfect. Better than perfect, he was… He was… He was even cooler than Dr. Who!”
And although we don’t get Lane’s POV, it is obvious that he’s smitten with Maps too. He even gets possessive and jealous.
Above all else, this book is refreshingly hilarious but every now and then something small and sweet would tug at my heartstrings. Like…
“I’m on your side. I’ll fight the stupid universe for you.”
“He kissed Lane because Lane deserved to be kissed now and tomorrow and until the end of time. Lane deserved to smile always and never feel insecure because he was perfect in his imperfections.”
Like the first two books, Lane’s is steamless. “But eighteen year old boys are horny, and there’s chemistry between Lane and Maps”, one would say. That’s true, and I
always usually want steam in my NA books. But you know what, I think that Maps and Lane are meant to stay on the YA side, and that’s perfectly ok with me. This is the kind of book that I’m going to give to my son to read in a few years.
One of my favorite parts of the story is Benji and Perry, and their incessant banter. For a straight guy, Benji is awfully interested in Perry. There’s crazy chemistry there, and I’m hoping for a NA story about them.
There are fears and insecurities about what the future holds (because “growing up blows!”, man!), the perfect prom proposal, and the most hilarious tree fight! You ‘ll see…
My only niggles, if you can call them that, is that I would have liked a little more on page time with Lane and Maps together, or a little less abrupt ending, but all in all this was really great. Solid 4.5 stars and highly recommended!
Note: Lane’s does not work well as a standalone. You need to read the first two books. Chop chop!