Title: Breaking Up Point
Author: Brian McNamara
Published: September 14, 2015
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
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Brendan Madden is starting his first year at college away from home and is looking forward to the possibilities. He feels like the fresh start will provide him the opportunity to be open about who he is–and his sexuality–without needing to worry as much about what his family or his friends from home might think. Here, he won’t need to hide his relationship with Mark, his closeted boyfriend from back home, either. But college also provides many opportunities to see what one’s life could be like, to interact with and learn from other people, and to pursue one’s passions. And Brendan finds himself wondering if hiding himself–any part of his life–is holding him back from truly living. What if Mark decides to never come out? What if Brendan can’t tell his sisters that he’s gay? What if they react poorly? And what if he meets a guy on campus, there’s a mutual interest, and he wants to know what it’s like to be in a relationship that doesn’t need to be kept a secret? Perhaps, in his first year of college, Brendan will be forced to answer all of those questions and more.
I really enjoyed reading this. Brendan’s narration is a unique and authentic voice, one that I found really helped me get into the mindset of someone in his situation. There is so much that I think is relatable for anyone who has been through that similar life transition of getting to college and immediately feeling like they can be more open about various aspects of their lives. And the way Brendan approaches the situations he faces came across as very true to someone with his life experiences.
This is a sequel, though I didn’t really catch onto that until later in the book when I found myself wondering if some of the references being made might have more to them. That said, I don’t feel like not reading the previous book stood in the way of my enjoyment of this one (though, as with all sequels, it probably helps to have read it). This is also definitely a new adult text, both characterized by the age of the main character and also the fact that some more adult themes do come up in a couple of places.
This is definitely worth a read. It’s quick and entertaining, while also having some real depth and emotion to it at the same time.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]