The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A super great first book by Nick Burd. Thanks to all the multicultural blogs I follow for this guy coming of age book. Dade knows he is gay, but he hasn't told his family...he proclaims it like a mantra to his "mirror" "ceiling fan" and other inanimate things in his bedroom. Dade's parents are splitting up, he is being threatened in school by Bert McGraw and Jessica (Pablo is her boyfriend and Dade's too), a young girl Jenny Moore goes missing, and Dade is finding it really tough to get through his senior year. Until he meets Alex Kincaid and Lucy. Lucy has been banished to her aunt's house; she is openly gay and is totally up front about being lesbian and she really gets all that Dade is going through and is his first real friend. Dade meets Alex Kincaid as he flees a party where Jessica's sister, Fessica, put the moves on him, and he can't handle it. It is through Alex and Lucy that Dade comes to accept himself, tells his parents who he really is and begin to understand about himself, Pablo, Alex, Jenny Moore's disappearance and finds a new happiness, even if it comes with a shocking surprise. I loved the ending advice from Dade:
"There is always hope. The world is vast and meant for wandering. There is always somewhere else to go."
A great read by a new writer, I am looking for more great books from Nick Burd.
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