Well, that was a wild ride. I adored this book; Adam’s writing was amazing. I give it 5/5 stars. This book made me: laugh, cry, laugh, and then cry again. It is an own voices novel because Adam is gay himself. Before I forget, there is a trigger warning for self-harm, suicide, and depression.
Aaron Soto is a 16-year-old living in a near-future Bronx. He wants to go to the Leteo Institute to have their memory-relief procedure. His father had recently committed suicide. He has the support of his overworked mother, his girlfriend, Genevieve, and his distant brother, Eric. When Thomas comes into in Aaron’s life, everything seems to change. Aaron starts to develop feelings for Thomas, but when his feelings are unrequited, Aaron decides he wants to have the Leteo procedure to make him straight.
Aaron is constantly asking himself, “Why does happiness have to be this hard?” . Over the course of the story, we learn more about his family life, so-called friends, and Aaron himself.
The book is told in first person, with Aaron as the narrator. This was a beautiful debut and you should read it, too. Shout-out to Adam for signing my copy!