Title: The Geek and His Artist
Author: Hope Ryan
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Simon Williams spends his lunch periods drawing his geek and trying not to think about the terrors waiting for him at home. He needs to get away from his abusive father before he suffers the same grisly fate as his mother. Because he’s learned the hard way running away doesn’t work, he’s counting the days until his eighteenth birthday.
Jimmy Bennet should be spending his lunch studying so his senior GPA is good enough to get him into college, but he can’t seem to focus thanks to his distracting artist. When he’s given the opportunity to tutor Simon in Trig and discovers Simon’s home-life nightmare, he wants nothing more than to get Simon out of danger. This need becomes more urgent when Simon comes to school the Monday after their first date with bruises, but it takes a broken leg before Jimmy can convince his boyfriend the Bennets really want him.
But the danger Simon thought was past shows up at the most unexpected time, and he must stand up to the fears he’s held so long to protect not only himself, but the man he wants to spend his life with.
The Geek and His Artist is a coming of age story that fans of this sub-genre are sure to like. The story centers around two young boys who are total opposites of each other, which just goes to prove the old saying about opposites attracting. While Simon and Jimmy are attracted to each other, they are afraid of making the first move, worried about how their friends and/or family will react. I liked the way the author introduces these two young men to each other and the fact that they have each been secretly watching the other is not at all surprising.
Things are not easy for Simon and Jimmy though as Simon comes from an abusive family and fears there is little to no way out for him unless he is very lucky. Thankfully he has not only Jimmy but Jimmy’s mother as well. When things come to a head, that support comes in handy and for once Simon is finally in a safe place. The relationship between Jimmy and Simon develops fast but thanks to Jimmy’s parents, as well as Jimmy’s sister and husband, the boys have a good pair of role models to follow.
Many of the secondary characters are Jimmy’s and Simon’s friends. This unusual mix of boys find a common bond between them that strengthens Simon’s support system, and end up being there for him when he needs them the most. While there are many points in The Geek and His Artist that I enjoyed, it is probably the friendship that exists between all these young men that I loved the most.
I also loved the epiloge and found it a perfect ending for this story. This is the first story by Ms. Ryan that I have read, but it will not be the last as I plan on putting her on my must buy list. I am glad I was given the opportunity to review this story and would have no problems recommending this book to those who not only love the M/M genre, but also those who love the coming of age/young adult sub-genre as well.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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