When Everything Is Blue (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: When Everything Is Blue
Author: Laura Lascarso
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre(s): Young Adult, Coming of Age
Page Count: 216 pages
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

When they were kids, Chris Mitcham rescued Theo from the neighborhood bullies and taught him how to “be cool.” Now, years later, Theo’s developed feelings for his best friend that arise at the most inopportune times. Theo hates lying to Chris, but in coming out, he might lose the one person who understands him best, a risk he’s not willing to take.

When a relationship with another young man goes south, Theo is forced to confront his own sexuality along with his growing attraction to Chris and his stunted, tenuous relationship with his father. Will Chris abandon Theo when he learns the truth, or will he stand by him in this tumultuous season of self-discovery?

In this quirky coming-of-age romance, Theo’s path to manhood is fraught with awkward firsts and a few haters, but also the unexpected comfort of a friend turned lover.

When Everything Is Blue by Laura Lascarso is a coming of age / coming out story told from the point of view of 16-yr-old Theo:

Being horny and almost sixteen is the absolute worst.
Take it from me, Theodore Wooten III, resident expert in the spontaneous boner. The cause of my lovesickness: Christian Mitcham. The cure: hell if I know.
With his sun-bleached hair, warm brown eyes, and devil-may-care attitude, people gravitate to Chris like sugar ants on a soda can, me included. He’s been my best friend since sixth grade when some neighborhood punks held me down on the sidewalk and tried to spit in my eyes.

For the last year or so, Theo’s been having feelings for Chris and the summer apart has only made Theo realize that he’s got it bad for his surfing / sun god best friend. After an impromptu camping trip where the two guys jerk each other off, Theo assumes Chris is straight and Chris thinks Theo believes it was all a big mistake. Enter Asshole Dave, a new guy at school, who comes between Theo and Chris and things get complicated and humiliating, but ultimately work into a HFN that is very satisfying.

This is my first Laura Lascarso book and color me impressed! Laura’s writing style takes you by the hand and gathers you immediately into the story. Her prose is not “flowery” or overindulgent and she does a wonderful job of character development. Chris and Theo’s friendship is so solid and real and the way it moves into a romantic relationship just feels right.

The secondary characters are so beautifully created, and your heart breaks for Uncle Theo – spending his declining years in nursing care – giving his namesake an invaluable lesson in the sorrows of keeping secrets. The pace and flow of the story is just right and the ending gives the reader some interesting possibilities. In fact, I would love a sequel to Chris and Theo’s story, as well as getting Dave’s story. 4.5 stars and I definitely recommend When Everything is Blue.

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Galley copy of When Everything Is Blue provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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