Raise Your Glass (Tales from Foster High #3)

Title: Raise Your Glass (Tales from Foster High #3)
Author: John Goode
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 4th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, YA
Page Count: 98
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Tales of Foster High – Sequel to The End of the Beginning Kyle Stilleno used to be the invisible student. Brad Graymark used to be the baseball star. Then they fell in love and Brad outed them both with a spectacular public display of affection, and now everything is different. After spending a few days lying low, Kyle and Brad are going back to school. It’s time to face the music and see how Foster High deals with their growing romance. But the school’s reaction-and the staff’s hostility-are not what they expected. Everyone they know seems to be allied against them. Isn’t there anyone they can count on to defend their happiness?

“We fell in love in a hopeless place” was playing in my head during the whole time I was reading this installment. Foster High is a such a hopeless place for two queer teens. Or is it?

I admit I read this through my fingers. I’m not really sheltered as far as high school bullying and discrimination are concerned but I was still disgusted and horrified by people’s reaction (both students and teachers’) to Kyle and Brad’s relationship after they came back to school. But this is small town Texas for you.

On the bright side, shitty parents might not be so shitty after all. I mean they are, but at least they ‘re not bigots. I love it when family is not portrayed black and white. There is a gray area, people. Some times they let us down, some others they stand by our side. Kyle and Brad’s parents surprised me pleasantly. Still flawed, but there’s a ray of light there.

I’m loving the blooming romance between Brad and Kyle, especially the fact that it’s growing at a steady pace. These two are melting me. Who said that teenage love can’t be true and strong? I can totally see that here.

Also, I knew my boy Brad will come around and start kicking asses! It takes a walk on the dark side to stop being an inconsiderate asshole, yes?

One thing is for sure. Whether people start coming around or not, Brad and Kyle will need allies. This is war!

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  • I’m so glad that you enjoyed this book, too. Kyle and Brad just grab your heart, don’t they? You can’t help but cheer for them. And their parents did have some redeeming qualities in this one.

    End of Innocence is equally or even more powerful. Are you planning to read that one, too?

      • I’ll be anxious to see what you thought of this book. After you get done, I highly recommend reading Dear God. It’s a missing chapter from the fourth book, and explains further a “popcorn worthy” scene Kyle has with a complete asshole in End of Innocence. Both Kyle and Brad shine in that scene.

        Damn, this is making me want to re-read the series, and I have too many books on my NOOK and in stacks in my house that need to be read. Guess I’ll live vicariously through you for the time being.

        • I have no idea how to write this review, the book kind of broke me!. OMG. Thanks for the rec! I’ll do so. Thanks for living vicariously through me, I’m so glad I have someone to talk to about these! I’m like the last person who hasn’t read this series. lol

          • I understand your feelings of “brokeness.” I think I had to talk to my husband for a long time about the book. It has such a strong and necessary message that ALL young adults and adults need to hear.

            Kyle and Brad just…shine in that story. I hold on to Kyle’s righteousness with both hands and let it inspire me. And Brad, standing by his man, defending him like he does, is something that just warms my heart. He has Kyle’s back forever.

            “Thank God” is a great little story that I wish I could memorize to help me deal with bigots out there in real life.

            Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your reading. ANYTIME I can talk about this series makes me happy. I think it should be required reading for high school kids.

            • I read Dear God. You were right. It kicked ass! I’m totally wrecked. Lol
              I’m going for Tyler’s story now.


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