Title: When Everything is Blue
Author: Laura Lascarso and Michael Mola (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 13th 2018
Genre(s): YA Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
Reviewed by: Belen
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.
Told in a single POV, I really wish we’d gotten Chris’s POV too. As you can tell from the blurb, there’s a bit of teenage angst (the MCs are 16/17 and their behavior is true to the teenagers I know). The tension in the story, which is really well done, is how and when Theo will come out, how that will affect his friendship with Chris, and how his family will react. I was rooting for Theo to get his happy ending. Spoiler: he does.
I wasn’t sure about the accent Michael Mola uses for Theo at first, and the pronunciation of a couple of words made me flinch, but that comes more from being very familiar with the area where the story takes place in South Florida. I honestly don’t think it will even blip on someone’s radar for anyone else.
Overall, this was a fun listen with an interesting story, great characters, and a happy ending.