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This is one of those tragic cases where I liked the story, but didn t like the book Things I liked 1 Characters They were likeable Things I did not like 1 Repetitiveness Every few chapters the author summarized everything that had happened in the book so far Why was this necessary It s not like a TV show where I only get a small bit each week I needed no help remembering that Shawn has no self confidence and thinks he is a terrible person and that Bobby expects everyone to abandon him I got it the first time I read it The next ten times made me want to smack someone It s really boring reading about the exact same thing over and over again And it made the book way too long.2 Point of view In theory the book switches between third person points of view, but several times the author actually stops to explain everything For example at one point he tells you what Bobby is NOT thinking But if we re in Bobby s point of view why are we told this If he s not thinking it then he isn t thinking it and thus we shouldn t read it 3 Tone of voice This read like a textbook than like fiction I felt like it was preaching to me, especially the way the author stopped to over explain and over analyze everything The book felt the need to tell me when characters were making bad choices or thinking bad things I wish it had just told the story and let me figure the rest out for myself Too much telling, not enough showing.4 Accents Normally these don t bother me overly much, I ve read some crazy highlander type books with over done accents, but this just got to me over the course of the book Seriously though, not one character ever used ing, it was always in No one ever said you or your, it was always ya and yer Also wanna and gonna I was gonna kill someone by about half the way through the book Even the adults spoke like this 5 Depressingness I read for fun This book was not fun to read I have read tons of books where horrifically awful things happen to the characters and this was still depressing because there was almost nothing happy that happened ever There were no moments of lightness to contrast the dark subject matter The characters spent the majority of the book being miserable and I was miserable right along with them.To summarize Too long, too boring Had to force myself to finish it. I was attracted to this book because on of the characters is a devout Christian and I wanted to see how that would be handled in an m m love story In the end that aspect was done well, with a balanced view of both sides of the argument from both conservative and liberal Christians, but there were other parts of the book mainly to do with the structure and the writing which didn t work as well for me.Shawn has been a Christian all his life He embodies the stereotype of a devout young man in that he is gentle and kind, always seeking the good in others and working hard at school and at church However, as he gets older Shawn begins to realise that he s possibly gay and that leads to much confusion and self hatred, especially when coupled with other things that have happened to him in the past When Shawn meets bad boy Bobby, who is almost the complete opposite of Shawn in the way he lives his life, there s a powerful attraction between them and nothing is going to stand in the way of their love Or so they think I found whilst reading this book that my feelings towards it would veer from one extreme to the other In terms of the writing and the way the story was structured, it was very simplistic and lacking in subtlety For example, the story follows a strict linear pattern beginning when Shawn is 5 and then following alternating viewpoints between Shawn and Bobby as they grow up and become teenagers More often than not, we are told the story rather than shown There s no withholding of information, no leaving the reader in suspense except by breaking off the viewpoints at a cliffhanger and moving onto the next viewpoint , no use of subtle body language and action Everything is in words, either the thoughts of the characters, the dialogue between them or the omniscient narrator telling the story of these boys lives In addition to this, the reader is often told the same information over and over again at various points of the book which annoyed me as I don t need to be retold something I learned earlier in the book The simplistic structure and style of the book was a little dull, and irritating at times and at several points in the book I found myself getting a bit bored.Having said that, just as I was getting bored, the author would hit me with what he does best writing gripping, emotional scenes There were several points in the book where something dramatic would happen, often involving Shawn, and I would be thoroughly engrossed in the story and what was happening to him I was, at times, horrified, tearful and overwrought by what was happening on the page, and each time this happened I was amazed at how easily the story played on my emotions and how caught up in the events I had become.The characters themselves, especially Shawn and Bobby, were very well rounded, especially as we really get to grips with their thoughts and feelings Shawn is perhaps a little too perfect, and I sometimes found it hard to believe the depth of his self loathing given that he has so much affirmation in his life Out of the two heroes I liked Bobby best, and I thought the author did a good job in showing the circumstances that led to the young man that Bobby becomes I also liked the positive influence that Shawn has on Bobby, and the way they click easily together and become firm friends The love between them grows quickly, but given their age and personalities I could see that being a realistic turn of events.This brings me to something which may be off putting to some readers The age of the heroes They are 15, and the book does contain explicit sex, although written quite subtly It didn t bother me, because I know full well that 15 16 year olds have consensual sex with those they fall in love with in fact my best friend at school was having sex with her boyfriend at that age , but I can see how that may not appeal to all readers, so it s worth mentioning.So, as you can see, I had mixed feelings about the book I liked the characters, and even the secondary characters were fully realised, but found the structure of the book clunky The emotional content was riveting but the repetition and the telling rather than showing, meant that parts of the book were also quite dull at times If you re a fan of Jeff Erno s books then I don t think you ll be disappointed in this one, although it s nowhere near as good as his Puppy Love books, which I would recommend over this one for anyone who wants to try this author. Trust Me receives a 5 star review from Bitter Shade Reviews Me receives a 4.5 star review from Leontine s Book Realm Review Site Me receives a 4.5 star review from Bookwenches Me receives a five star review from Romance Studio Me receives a five star Recommended Read from Fallen Angel Reviews Me receives a rave 4.5 Star Review from Three Dollar Bill Reviews reviewer Amos Lassen of Eureka Pride gives Trust Me a five star review Me receives the Golden Blush Recommended Read Award by Literary Nymphs Me is now available at Dreamspinner Press. Holy crap What an emotional roller coaster What I thought was going to be just a sweet romance between two boys, turned into a gut wrenching story of youthful innocence, true love, disappointment, broken hearts, betrayal, and redemption.I haven t been this wrapped up in a story for quite some time Wish I could give it than 5 stars. This m m romance was a very mixed read for me I really liked the base story, about two boys, one extremely religious, growing up in the 80s and trying to come to terms with their attraction to other boys But I kept feeling as if I were being drawn into the story, only to be shoved out again, perhaps because there was too much telling and not enough showing Additionally, the story had these odd, very meta feeling lecturey interludes that did not work for me at all. The last 25% of this book was absolutely horrible The two main characters didn t interact for a whole year It was incredibly redundant writing The whole book was incredibly redundant writing, but I was able to overlook itBut I am just mad, the last 25% was infuriating.Also I read Erno s most recent book, You Belong With Me, and there are literally the same lines from this book that are in that book.If the last 25% of this book was not so horrible, in content, characterizations and writing, this could have been a four star book Shawn s mom was infuriating, her disgust of her son and then her sudden epiphany was disgusting Shawn and Bobby not interacting for an entire year wasinfuriating Shawn cruising in a park was infuriating, Shawn and Bobby being stupid and not talking to each other for a year was ridiculous I could name a million things I could write pages about what I didn t like about it, but I m just mad I stayed up late to read it hoping it would get better and other than a sugary sweet HEA it never got better, but at least it was a HEA. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking book This book is just raw emotion I do not have a better way of describing it It was my second mm romance and it was heartfelt and poignant and just the right amount of funny in places A book like this is not just a simple story and it cannot be described easily But it can be recommended.Bobby and Shawn stole my heart and left me feeling raw and in need of a hug Trust me has a way of ripping your heart out and repairing you again and leaving you numb The two protagonists are just stunning character and their stories needed to be told.The you read the you need to read Well that is how I felt and how I needed to feel This book could have been ruined, but to be honest it was perfect and what it had to be Its not easy and love does not always conquer all But this book shows how it can survive through tough times.To be put off of this book by the tough subject it brings up could be a mistake There is only one scene with graphic content about the abuse and it was not as bad as other books I have read Its up to the reader but I survived reading it.I have a need to say and yet I cannot find the words It needs better than a simple review It needs to be read and re read and maybe read for a third time Eyes need to look and brains need to take it all in So that is all I will say.Well done Jeff Erno, you have written an amazing book and one I will cherish for the rest of my life. This book is somewhat conflicting for me I ve read Jeff Erno s work before and I was pretty amazed by the way he writes It s shocking and emotional and often too sweet When I first started reading this one, I already decided that I would be rating it with a four There was a lot of telling that was a bit difficult at times And then the moment of discovery came and I was blown away It was so emotional I kept blinking away tears while I kept on reading And exactly that is what I love about Jeff Erno with his brilliance, he makes you love it Even when certain aspects of the book don t sit well with the reader you still love it I was raised very religiously, and it shaped a lot of my self esteem while growing up, and not in a good way By the time I recognized that what was right for my church was not necessarily right for me, the damage was done And I m not a gay man The religious parts of the book really ticked me off you ll know which parts once you get to them , but like I said, despite all that, the author makes you love whatever he writes.The ending is too sweet for me, and I m really not a fan of so much crying Still, this book is a 5 star read and I m happy to rate it as such. Rounded up to 3 stars.I liked the short novels of Jeff Erno and was excited to read at last my first full length novel of this author Unfortunately my high expectations were not fulfilled The book told us the love story of Shawn Graham and Bobby Wilder growing up in the 80s, two boys with different and and the same time similar family background They both were raised by a single mother without brothers or sisters But Shawn unlike Bobby grow up in a very religious environment The first time they met when Bobby spent his summer by his father s new family in Michigan It was just a quick but fateful encounter, even if they had no idea about it at that time Jeff Erno presents a whole range of different topics, from sexual abuse and bullying through religion up to homophobia The author can perfectly portray a teen outsider, like in his Invisible he knows perfectly how to rip your heart out and then put it together Only what worked for me in the short novel, didn t work in a full length one And the main reason for it was the writing I think that the book could be much better if it would have at least 100 pages less The author told us the same situations again and again, from many different views There are so many empty words, sentences, pages that took my attention from the story In spite of I loved the boys I was reading about, at some point the repetitions became annoying and I catched myself skipping pages What bothered me apart from repetitions was a third person part I have never had a feeling that it was told from the 13 15 years old boy s POV It was told from a middle age male person, who TRIED TO BE a teen boy On one hand they were too childish and naive for their age in some situation, on the other hand they were embarrassingly mature during sex scenes All in all, if you re a fan of a YA genre and enjoy heart wrenched stories with HEA, you should try it I would say, the book is suitable for MM beginners, MM old hands could be less satisfied with it. Shawn Graham And Bobby Wilder Couldn T Be Different Shawn Is A Devout Christian Fundamentalist From Northern Michigan Bobby Is A Street Smart Latchkey Kid From Southern Ohio From An Early Age, They Are Both Confused And Troubled By Their Attraction To The Same Sex Shawn Believes That Homosexuality Is Sinful, And A Traumatic Incident Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Adds To His Guilt And Shame Bobby Has An Image To Maintain And Flatly Denies The Possibility That His Same Sex Attractions Even Exist He S Just Too Cool To Be Gay When They Finally Connect, Their Preconceptions Are Suddenly Dwarfed By What They Feel For Each Other They Become Inseparable And Fall Deeply In Love However, Love Doesn T Make Life Easy Plans Are In Motion That Will Surely Devastate The Young Couple Painful Experiences Of The Past Overshadow Happy Memories, And Heartbreaking Obstacles Loom Over The Possibility Of A Future If Shawn And Bobby Want To Stay Together, They Will Have To Fight With Everything They Have