The Scarecrow & George C (Ana’s Review)

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Title: The Scarecrow & George C
Author: Mia Kerick
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: June 3rd 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary
Page Count: 214 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


High school senior Van Liss is barely human. He thinks of himself as a scarecrow—ragged and unnerving, stuck, and destined to spend his life cold and alone. If he ever had feelings, they were stomped out long ago by his selfish mother and her lecherous boyfriend. All he’s been left with is bitter contempt, to which he clings.

With a rough exterior long used to keep the world at bay, Van spooks George Curaco, the handsome new frycook at the diner where he works. But George C senses there is more to the untouchable Van and refuses to stop staring, fascinated by his eccentricity. When Van learns that George C is even more cold, alone, and frightened than himself, Van welcomes him to his empty home. And ends up finding his heart.

Their road to trust is rocky and, at times, even dangerous. And looming evil threatens to keep them apart forever.

Fair warning: You may want to strap in. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

This was such a lovely book. Everything about it make me choose it. The cover, the name and the blur. Everything had a charm about it, that made me feel attracted to it and, happily, the feeling remain all along the book.

What I liked about the book was the characters. Both of them hiding their own insecurities, even though they handle them in very different ways. I loved Van’s attitude but one of the things got trouble with, was that we get too fast to know what’s behind it. I would love if it was keep as a mystery for a little longer. I loved the character development on his case, to see him give little steps into trusting others was beautiful. George C was also a nice character, but in his case it was a little bit harder to get in touch with his feelings. They both fit each other perfectly, and see them together was adorable.

I’m not used to a character addressing the reader. I found it a bit fun, but I don’t think it fit George C’s personality to do it, as much as it did in Van’s. I was particularly interested in the family drama that was going on. It was heartbreaking. The book had some very angsty moments, which I’m fine with it. It was nothing too unbearable. Beware that it contain mention, even if not to graphic or on page, of sexual abuse.

Overall, I had some fun moments with the book. It had angst, love, friendship and a slow road to heal a wounded heart.

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I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject. Here are some of my favorite books  
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