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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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  • Categories: Romance

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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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  • Tim Benoit-Ledoux
  • 09-09-22

Absolutely amazing

This novel is amazing and so we’ll written. The characters are so developed and tells a truly unique coming of age story of a gay youth.

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  • Love222
  • 30-09-21

Good Listen

This is a pretty sweet yet heartbreaking at times coming of age story. I really did enjoy the characters. It is slightly unbelievable throughout the 2nd half but just go with it and enjoy. The narration is done well if some of the character voices were questionable I think Palacios' performance (and yes audio book is a performance and not just a reading in my opinion) did a fantastic job bringing this story and these characters to life.

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  • Hanny
  • 23-09-21

a lovely story

A lovely growing-up story about accepting one's self and coming out. heartbreaking at times, and at others - full of hope. I could really feel the pain and then the love and acceptance.
The narrator was a little annoying with his "festive" voice or the female voices. It sounded fake and over the top. Other than that he was okay.
I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • netmanca
  • 17-09-21

Loved the kindle edition, Audo book not so much

Voicing Liara with a New York Jewish woman accent was just off putting. Some of the male narration done with a syrupy inflect was annoying and not how kids speak. The giggles became annoying. the narrator needs to understand hes not acting but reading a book to an audience and to not go overboard.