Seventeen-year-old twins Andrew and Andrea Morris share everything until Ryder Coltrane arrives on the scene.
In their small New York town, Andrew and Andrea are stars of their respective soccer teams at school and are hoping for scholarships to the same college. Both are popular. Andrew dates a new girl every couple months, but he never feels comfortable in the relationships. Ryder has moved to town to stay with his aunt and uncle while his parents are deployed to Germany, and he joins the twins’ small group of close friends. Andrew notices stirrings of strange feelings when Ryder is near. When Ryder offers a kiss, Andrew takes him up on it, and the two begin a secret relationship. However, secrets are hard to keep in small towns, especially from someone as close as a twin sister. Lavoie’s debut may be well-intentioned, but the tale is buried in pedestrian prose and larded through with details and scenes that do little to nothing to advance the plot or develop the characters. The situations may be realistic, but the characters don’t speak, and often don’t act, like real people.
Only for the largest and most well-used LGBT collections. (Fiction. 14-17)