Love, Joy, Heartache and Pain by John H. Ames #mm #review @JohnHenryAmes

Love, Joy, Heartache and Pain

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A collection of new entwined stories by best-selling Young Adult author, John H. Ames. Love that reaches beyond the boundaries of the physical realm…

Swapatize!: The not so unrealistic detailed account of how my best friend and I swapped bodies for a short period of time. -High school is one of the most excruciating and painful periods of any teenager’s life. To Kyle, it’s hell on earth. Being the target of the jocks made him hate high school more than anything in the world. All he has is his best friend and the center of the jock’s interest, the beautiful Kylie Bursnell. But Kylie is not your typical beauty. She hates the jocks even more than Kyle, especially Lucas Edward Johnson, a jock who is madly in love with her and Kyle’s forbidden dream. After a bizarre and freaky night, they swap bodies and are force to live each other’s live. Can this actually be true? Has Kyle’s dream come true? Will he be able to love Lucas Edward Johnson unconditionally until the end of time? Or is their love nothing but a beautiful dream enveloped in heartache and pain?

The Spirit Indestructible – Brandon Angelo William has it all. He’s hot, popular, shy, humble, and one of the typical and regular guys in high school. But, unbeknownst to everyone, he’s a closeted gay teen who came out to his parents the previous year. They loved and accepted him with open arms so what more could Brandon want? Love. The one thing that his soul and body need. After a late night out with his best friend, Kevin, Brad sees one of the most beautiful guys he has ever laid eyes on. But could the teen in front of him be real? Or is he the legendary hitching ghost that everyone talks about? Brad needs to find out and what he discovers shocks him and changes his young life forever…

The Lake View Psychopath – Jocks beware, he’s here and he’s not scared. Ashton Hall hates his existence at Lake View High. The jocks have made his life a living hell and his friends have completely turned their backs on him. Why? For being gay and dating the love of his life, Austin Young. Almost overnight, they became the center of every joke and every bully’s paradise. To make matters worse, even the school’s coach allows his ‘jock superstars’ to make fun of them.

But everything the night Austin Young is brutally murdered by the jocks and they walk free. Something snaps inside Ashton’s head and the only think he can think of is revenge. Will Ashton come to his sense and let Austin go? Or will he become one of the greatest serial killers of all time? addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Listening to Andrea LeeTAG

Okay, I have to start by saying, I do not remember requesting (saying yes, when they showed up.) this book and or why I would. These/this is not my normal go to in any way shape or form. I’ve stopped reading collections, I do not read YA at all and NA if I can help it. So what happened, how did this end up in my pile? I’ve no idea.

With that being said, I made a promise so I hunkered down and began.

All these stories are teenage boys, but with that in mind the writing is so well done, you forget that. Each story is a vignette, related in a way that gives you pause.

From bullies, to body swapping to spirits and death tinged with revenge. From innocence lost and self discovery found.

As you’re reading these tales, you can see each of these things happening, maybe not in the high school or even in the town you grew up in. But all very realistic and very true to life.

The writing caries you to each tale, puts you in that place just for that few days, hours. Makes you see, feel. And releases you for the next one.

For someone that doesn’t read YA, I was captured.


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