Sunday, December 7, 2014

Outing the Quarterback (Long Pass Chronicles #1) by Tara Lain


Will Ashford lives in two closets. He meets his wealthy father’s goals as both the quarterback for the famous SCU football team and a business major, but secretly he attends art school and longs to live as a painter. And he's gay. But if he can win the coveted Milton Scholarship for art, he’ll be able to break from his father at the end of his senior year.

In a painting master class, Will meets his divergent opposite, Noah Zajack. A scarred orphan who’s slept on park benches and eaten from trash cans, Noah carefully plans his life and multiple jobs so he has money and time to go to art school. Will's problems seem like nothing compared to Noah's. Noah wants the scholarship too and may have a way to get it since the teacher of his class has designs on him, a plan Will isn't happy about.

When a gossipmonger with a popular YouTube channel finds evidence that Will is gay, the quarterback’s closet doors begin to crumble. Hounded by the press and harassed by other players, Will has to choose. Stay in the closet and keep his family’s wealth, or let the doors fall off and walk out with nothing. Nothing but Noah. 

My review:

First off I loved the cover.  That is exactly how I pictured Will.  This is a story of contrasts and similarities.  Pain comes in many forms.  Quarterback Will appears to have it all.  His daddy is rich and Will goes to a great school.  He is good looking and gifted.  He is also forced by circumstance to deny who he is inside.  Noah is scarred but out, proud and also gifted.  He is unlike Will in that he has had to work for everything he has ever had.   But in the end these two are more alike than you would guess.  I really got a kick out of Will’s best friend Jamal.
This is a well-crafted story that treats with sensitivity and understanding what being gay means in Will’s world. 

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