Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Andy Squared

Andy Squared
Jennifer Lavoie
Netgalley review

Amazon Blurb -

Seventeen-year-old twins, Andrew and Andrea Morris, have always been close. They share everything—from their friends to a room—and they both enjoy star positions on their high school’s soccer teams. All’s right with the twins...or is it?

When new student Ryder Coltrane moves from Texas to their small New York town, he spins Andrew’s world upside down. All of Andrew’s past relationship troubles begin to make sense and his true feelings start to click into place after Ryder comes out to him. His friendship with Ryder turns secretively romantic, but secrets, they soon find out, are hard to keep. Once rumors start to fly, so-called friends turn on them, and the boys’ relationship turns into a bomb about to explode. But Andrew never expected it would be his own twin, Andrea, holding a lighter to ignite it.


High school seniors Andrew and Andrea are as close as you can ever get.  Not only are they twins, but for last couple of months they've been sharing a room since Andy's room is being renovated.  The two are quite popular at school, Andy goes through the girl population like water.   They are on the school soccer teams and Andrea is hoping they get a soccer scholarship so they can be together right into college.  

Texas transplant Ryder comes into town and things take a turn in a different direction. Andy is drawn to Ryder like a moth to the flame and he just can't understand his attraction to Ryder...yet.  The girls love him and want to be with him, Andy's best bud Charlie is jealous of Ryder because not only do the girls want to be with him, but so does Andy.  Andrea is upset because now Andy doesn't really want to go to the same college as her, nor does he want to go on a soccer scholarship.  To say she's pissed is an understatement.  Not only does she totally ignore Andy telling her it's not what he wants she does something sneaky behind his back.

Andy finally acknowledges his feelings for Ryder and the two start a secret relationship, but when they are caught, those who were thought to be good and trustworthy may actually be the most viscous of them all.

I liked this book, Jennifer writes in a smooth flowing manner.   The story is so relevant to today's happenings.  I found it touching and sometimes I was angry. I don't know if I would have handled Andrea the same way as a parent knowing how vicious other kids can be.  I also don't know that I liked how it was stressed that Andrew had sex with different girls all the time.  Promiscuity is not something I find good whether you're straight or gay.

3 1/2 cannolis


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