Book: Sometimes Love Lasts
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: May 13, 2016
Length: 252 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
All the royalties from this book's sales will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s services for homeless youth.
For Rone Forrester, life as a high school student is a roller coaster ride. Though he’s intelligent, good-looking, and athletic, true happiness eludes him. He’s lost his mother to cancer, his hypercritical father is a tyrant, and he spends most of his free time taking care of his little brother, Eli. And to make matters worse, Rone begins to have romantic feelings for his best friend, Carson Harrington.
When Rone is inadvertently outed, his life swirls into turmoil. His father’s homophobia and Rone’s embarrassment at the thought of facing Carson force him to flee to Los Angeles, where he hopes to find a safe haven. Instead, he quickly learns that every moment is dangerous for a homeless teenager. As time passes, Rone navigates through multiple challenges, makes friends who love him for who he is, works hard to achieve his goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon—with all its inherent triumphs and tragedies—and overcomes a failed relationship. Ultimately, his journey teaches him that in order to fulfill his dreams, he has to come to terms with his past.
This is the first Jake Wells book I’ve read and I have to say I am quite impressed. Sometimes Love Lasts wasn’t your typical romance. First off, it’s told entirely in Rone’s POV and it’s his story that spans over 17 plus years. He’s a couple weeks shy of 18 when he comes on scene. And he’s in his 30’s when it ends.
Rone is pretty much the most perfect human being ever. He cares for his 5 year old brother, he deals with a bigoted father who shows him zero love, he’s a straight A student, he has the greatest best friends in this story, and he wants to be a pediatric surgeon. ANGEL!
Rone’s dreams almost go up in smoke. Almost. Now, I’m pretty sure there was divine intervention on his behalf because when he finds himself homeless on the streets of LA what happens to him is fairytale-ish. It’s not very typical but it’s nonetheless magical and awesome.
Taking this adventure with Rone was amazing. We watch him grow, experience, fall in and out and back into love again, we live his life with him and the bond between reader and character becomes so strong.
I adored this book so much I can’t really put into to words what was my favorite part. It’s well written, fabulously researched, and entertaining. The emotions flow off the pages and I have to say I will read more of Jake Wells books.
I highly recommend!
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