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Rainbow Book Review of Don’t Judge

I’m so excited!  Rainbow Book Reviews just reviewed the first book in my trilogy The Most Popular Guy in the School.  They liked my book, Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover!  I’m going to quote a bit from the review here just because the words are so beautiful:

What a perfect title for a novel exploring preconceptions, and the idea that not everyone is what they seem. Who would have guessed, for instance, that invisible Mark Mitchell would turn out to be such a force to be reckoned with? Certainly no one had any idea that Bill Cromwell, one of the most popular guys in the school, is actually broken inside. Yet, when these two very different boys are thrown together one Saturday morning whilst helping out at school, they forge an unexpected bond and unearth things about one another they never would have imagined.

Mark doesn’t have a problem with being gay. Actually, he’s proud of who he is and only wishes he could be open about his sexuality. Of course, it’s unlikely his fellow high school students would be quite so accepting. Rather than end up the victim of bullying, Mark chooses to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. It works. His classmates are barely aware he exists. Until, that is, he starts hanging around with Bill and finds himself attracting just the sort of unwelcome attention he has worked so hard to avoid.

On the surface, Bill is your typical jock: outgoing, self-confident, and drop-dead gorgeous. Few people know of his unhappy home life, spent with an abusive father and demoralized mother, starved of any kind of affection. Certainly no one has ever suspected he might be gay. In fact, Bill has concealed the truth about himself from the world for so long, he barely knows who he is anymore. So, when he meets Mark and is welcomed into the warmth and generosity of the Miller family, he is completely overwhelmed. Suddenly, he doesn’t feel so alone.

This is a poignant debut novel about courage and learning to live again after years of fear and abuse. First and foremost, however, it is a love story. Not a dramatic love story, perhaps. There are no tragic misunderstandings or bitter betrayals. Instead we have two boys, who, having spent their lives hiding who they really are, finally discover a soul mate in the other. If you’re looking for a sweet teen romance to warm your heart, I would recommend giving this book a go.

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