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Skyler Phoenix

By: Damien Benoit-Ledoux
Narrated by: Ben Palacios
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Summary

Skyler finally had it all...

...but for the third time, the state had taken everything away from him.

It wasn't his fault, though, or was it? 

If only he hadn't been so stupid...

If only he hadn't been so careless...

If only he hadn't fallen in love with his best friend, Cameron. 

Now, sitting in the social worker's SUV, he stared at his new house and the strangers standing on the front steps. His life had been an uphill climb, and now he had to start over. 

Again.

One day, he might call them family, but he had finally learned his lesson.

This time, Skyler wouldn't be stupid.

This time, Skyler wouldn't be careless.

And no matter what, he definitely, absolutely, wouldn't fall in love with another cute boy.

Skyler Phoenix is the first book of the Love Grows in Honest Places series.

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©2016 Damien Benoit-Ledoux (P)2021 Damien Benoit-Ledoux
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Loved the story but

I really loved the story but the writing and dialogues could be way better. Also some of the behaviours were over the top or irrational. In general I enjoyed it and I think it is a good book

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This was a solid coming-of-age book

This was a solid coming-of-age book, with good messages of becoming who you are and acceptance.

I admit I was way more intrigued by the first part when Skyler was with his second foster family than afterward. I think that the exploration of the hypocrisy and bigotry of some sectors of religious people and the struggle for young kids to understand and accept themselves in these circumstances is something that deserves more space and exploration.

This quote particularly stuck with me:

“He realized, despite the recent bullshit, he had grown into a good guy who had survived an overdose of Christianity that had proven itself to be hypocritical. They pretend to love you until they find a reason to hate you.”

After Skyler gets transferred, the book became more flat and overdramatic and for sure too long. Some anecdotes were recounted over and over again, which made it a bit pedantic at times.

Overall, I enjoyed this book as a cute queer story and the narrator for the audiobook was really great, he made the experience so much better!

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Intense

This book was a good read. Quite intense with its subject, and gave me tears of sadness, and good giggles too. I do feel it could have been shorter in length but i may be wrong. Im going to check out the film mentioned as a key plot thread too.

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