Title : A boy worth knowing Author: Jennifer Cosgrove Genre: LGBT M/M, contemporary, paranormal YA Date published: March 2017 Publisher: Nine Star press Pages:182 Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: Ghosts can’t seem to keep their opinions to themselves.Seventeen-year-old Nate Shaw should know; he’s been talking to them since he was twelve. But they aren’t the only ones making his high school years a living hell. All Nate wants is to keep his secret and keep his head down until he can graduate. That is, until the new boy, James Powell, takes a seat next to him in homeroom. James not only notices him, he manages to work his way into Nate’s life. But James has issues of his own.
Between dead grandmothers and living aunts, Nate has to navigate the fact that he’s falling in love with his only friend, all while getting advice from the most unusual places.
Ghosts, bullies, first love: it’s a lot to deal with when you’re just trying to survive senior year
Trigger warning: Bullying
The story is a bittersweet one, Nate has suffered a lot because of his ability, ostracized in school by an popular evil bitch and there’s strain in his family. James is the new kid with his own issues but he is a ray of sunlight in our protagonists life, you will love him.
The author balanced humor and tragedy perfectly, there were funny scenes and then there were scenes where you just wanted to hug Nate. His Aunt protected him , i appreciated that she did not baby him and always gave him the truth when needed; she also would not hesitate to smack a bitch that hurts her nephew.
His Nana was just adorable( she’s a ghost haunting their home), i loved the way she still commanded respect even though she was dead. I loved James for taking time to know Nate and stand up for him even though he had problems of his own, he was a good friend (
until the time he fucked up).
The book was well written with characters you would recognize in your typical high school setting, straight to the point and easy to understand. I gave the book four stars because i thought it was a cute story, the last chapter had me in my feelings tho(
when a particular character came back i was like, really bitch? Really).
I recommend this book if you are looking for a short m/m read.