Title: Flag on the Play
Author: Sherrie Henry
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: February 7th 2017
Genre(s): M/M YA Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 180 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Sixteen-year-old football punter Liam Hartley has come to terms with being gay, but it isn’t something his religious and conservative community will ever accept. He’s isolated in his Midwest town until Cody Williams transfers to his school from Chicago. A proud bisexual young man, Cody shows Liam he isn’t alone—or abnormal—and they soon become more than friends.
Despite the intimate, secret world he shares with Cody, Liam is in pain. The hatred spewed by bigots has an effect on Liam, even if Cody carefully hides their relationship with a pretend girlfriend. Liam is jealous—he doesn’t want to have to share Cody, and he doesn’t want to have to live in shame. Cutting himself seems to be the only way to deal with everything he’s suffering, and things only get worse when Liam and Cody are outed in front of the school. And even if they can make it through the hardship, they know their relationship is destined to end when Cody’s family returns to the city.
Liam can’t go back to facing the hatred and religious judgment by himself. He won’t survive it. Somehow, Liam and Cody must secure a future for both of them, and that means finding a way to stay together.
Okay. So first, I enjoyed the story overall. Told entirely from Liam’s POV we get an inside look at his struggle with the doctrine he’s been listening to his entire life in church versus falling in love with Cody.
I liked how Liam’s parents dealt with his coming out, the cutting, and everything else…even if I felt parts of it were a bit unrealistic.
What I mean is I felt like the story was pretty realistic in most ways, especially with how hard it was for Liam and Cody to keep their hands off each other, and just a touch unrealistic in others.
My biggest complaint is the truly jarring ending. I felt like the story ended far too abruptly. I had quite a few unanswered questions and I wanted a better feel of how Liam and his parents were coping, of what happened to the case, and, ultimately, how Liam and Cody do long term…
I just feel like the story could have really benefited by an epilogue.