Title: Flag On The Play
Author: Sherrie Henry
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary love, young adult, true story, self harm, mild violence, gay bashing, acceptance
Page Count: 185 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 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.
Forewarning: According to Sherrie Henry this book is based off a true story. Only names and places have been changed to protect those that it is about.
This story was so sad. It broke my heart in many ways and then in others I was so proud of the characters in this book and the way they handled most situations in their lives.
Liam struggled with the fact that he is gay and living in a community that is very homophobic. Even fears coming out to his parents for fear that they will turn their backs on him especially since the church they attend does not agree with homosexuality.
When a transfer student comes in to Liam’s school his life is on a path to change almost over night. Cody is bi sexual but is not open about it in his new community because it is obvious that most if not all people are excepting so he keeps that part of his life under wraps. Especially since he will only be here for a semester while his father is working.
When Liam and Cody meet sparks fly between them and neither are able to hide from the other their quickly growing feelings for the other. Before they know it they are in a full blown out relationship behind closed doors and best friends to everyone else in order to protect themselves. Cody’s family know about their relationship but that is all.
When Cody starts dating a girl in public to keep up their secret,Liam struggles with it. Eventually it becomes to much and Liam puts himself and Cody to everyone one night. From this point forward nothing in Liam’s life will ever be the same. Some of the changes are for the good and others are very bad. It is not an easy path that Liam has to walk but he is stronger than he thought he was and pro ed it when the events in his life leads to him almost losing his life in a very senseless act.
This book does have some triggers for self harm, mild violence, and homophobic beating. This is a story I would describe as learning to be brace, accepting that some people’s actions can change us but not break us. And most of all it is a book about LOVE. This was a very good read and I would definitely recommend it to others.
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