Title: When Everything Is Blue
Author: Laura Lascarso
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 6th 2018
Genre(s): Young Adult
Page Count: 216 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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 the story of 16-year-old Theo. The summer is over and with the end of the summer comes the return of his best friend, Chris. Chris and Theo have been best friends since the 6th grade but as years passed Theo realized that his feelings for Chris are more amorous than friendly. He fears he will lose his best friend if he confesses his feelings and instead starts casually hooking with the new kid at school to try to get past his infatuation. What ensues is a touching coming of age story.
-Theo and Chris’ friendship. They really were the best of friends. They were there for each other through thick and thin. Their feelings felt genuine, natural.
-The supporting cast. Asshole Dave and Uncle Theo, they were significant parts of the journey without overshadowing the main characters.
-The pace. One of my favorites things about this author’s writing is how smooth her stories are.
-And the end was a strong HFN.
One thing, I’d classify this story as more coming of age than a romance. Characters weren’t together for most of the book, and I got the sense that this was more about coming out and feeling comfortable in our skin than a romance between two friends. The love story felt secondary, to me.
All in all, a sweet story and I look forward to more from this author.