Swan Song for an Ugly Duckling by Michael Murphy 5 KISSES!!

SwanSongForAnUglyDucklingTitle: Swan Song for an Ugly Duckling 

Author: Michael Murphy

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


Characters: Aron and Josh

Sub-Genre coming out

Kisses: 5




Aaron and Josh come from extraordinarily different backgrounds in small town America. Aaron is the only child of a fundamentalist preacher who fears and condemns the ways of the world outside their community. Josh is a jock who can only seem to express the feelings Aaron stirs in him by tormenting Aaron about how he looks and dresses. But one day, Josh’s world is turned upside down by a simple sentence spoken by Aaron, and he decides to get closer to Aaron.

Aaron assumes it is a new form of torture, but Josh persists: first a ride home, then talking with Aaron while he does his afternoon farm chores. Then Josh persuades Aaron’s father to let him participate in a scholastic event out of town one weekend. Josh pays a huge price for Aaron to attend, but that one weekend persuades Aaron to get free of his parents and attend college.

College doesn’t solve all their problems, though. Josh is horrified when a senior on campus seduces Aaron. He can’t believe Aaron has always been gay and he missed it—and missed getting to be Aaron’s first. But when Aaron finds out his boyfriend isn’t faithful, things go from tense to worse.



I truly loved this book. It was sweet, endearing, loving and heartbreaking all at the same time. Aaron lives in a very strict household. No electricity, plumbing or any other modern conveniences. His father is a fundamentalist preacher that fears the outside world. Aaron’s only source of the outside work is high school. Even there he is tormented and ridiculed for being different. Forced to live within himself he does the best he can, but always yearns for something more. Josh is the polar opposite. The handsome jock has everything. Friends come easy, sports and he is smart. He is also one of Aaron’s biggest attackers. Everything changes the day Josh ask’s Aaron about being a freak. His reply changes everything for both boys, and the people around them.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book

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Reviewed By: Jerry




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