Title: Trust the Focus
Series: In Focus, #1
Author: Megan Erickson
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Length: Novel (222 pages)
Publisher: Intermix Books, Penguin Random House (17 March 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.
As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.
But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.
Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.
Review: This is a charming and poignant book. I loved it so much that I almost did a happy dance in my seat when I realized that there is a second book! Of course, I didn’t do that, as I am expertly making it look as though I am doing work when I am reading a book and writing the review… which almost wasn’t convincing when I started to tear up right at the end of this book!
Justin and Landry have been friends for years. However, they are two very different people. Justin, who tells the story, has just completed a degree that he hated and is set to work for his politician mother, in a job that he already hates before he has even started. He is busy trying to be the perfect son, which includes being straight and pushing aside his feelings for his best friend. (For anyone who knows The Book of Mormon, think of the song Turn it Off).
On the other hand, Landry is out and pretty much proud and has spent his high school and college years thinking he has been crushing on his straight best friend.
The story of these guys is a poignant road trip and is the journey of Justin finally facing the death of his father a couple of years earlier. Justin’s father was a photographer and Justin wants to scatter his ashes in places his father loved and photographed (and a great man for a “ghostly” character – though seriously, there is no ghost action! I just can’t think of a better explanation).
Landry is there to support his best friend every step of the way, as well as recording it via blogging. In between all this, Justin not only comes to terms with his father’s death but also comes to terms as who he is as an adult and starts to reclaim control of his life.
As I said, this is a poignant story, but it also fun and filled with drama. I love that Megan Erickson added the “blog posts” every now and again. It really helped to get a real handle on Landry as a character. It also really brought the emotion out when we read the contrast in what Landry writes compared to the drama of really happened between the guys.
So, in short, I really, really, loved Trust the Focus. Come on, bring on 21 July and book 2 (Focus on Me)!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *