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!