Also for a kid who once thought of himself as an outcast because he thought no one would love or accept him if they knew who he really was, a book like Bigger Love is a real revelation. The book is all about being who you are and embracing it--and that means not conforming to anyone else's idea of who or what you should be.
My main character, the fierce, independent, an out-and-proud high school senior, Truman Reid, suffers from self-doubt despite what he projects to his small town high school. Jean M. Auel, author of The Mammoth Hunters, kind of describes him:
“He began to understand that just because some people thought certain behavior was wrong, that didn’t make it so. A person could resist popular belief and stand up for personal principles, and though there might be consequences, not everything would be necessarily lost. In fact, something important might be gained, if only within oneself.”
I hope you'll give Bigger Love a chance. If you've been an outsider, or even loved someone who was, I think you'll enjoy the book and may find yourself not only thinking, but moved.
Truman Reid is Summitville High’s most out-and-proud senior. He can't wait to take his fierce, uncompromising self away from his small Ohio River hometown, where he’s suffered more than his share of bullying. He’s looking forward to bright lights and a big city. Maybe he’ll be the first gender-fluid star to ever win an Academy Award. But all that changes on the first day of school when he locks eyes with the most gorgeous hunk he’s ever seen.
Mike Stewart, big, dark-haired, and with the most amazing blue eyes, is new to town. He's quiet, manly, and has the sexy air of a lost soul. It’s almost love at first sight for Truman. He thinks that love could deepen when Mike becomes part of the stage crew for Harvey, the senior class play Truman's directing. But is Mike even gay? And how will it work when Truman's mother is falling for Mike’s dad?
Plus Truman, never the norm, makes a daring and controversial choice for the production that has the whole town up in arms.
See how it all plays out on a stage of love, laughter, tears, and sticking up for one’s essential self….