A Jeri Review: The History of Us by Nyrae Dawn

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

The History of Us coverSometimes it’s not about coming out, it’s about settling in.

Eighteen-year-old Bradley Collins came out a year ago and hasn’t looked back since. Who cares if he doesn’t know any other gay people? Bradley has friends and basketball—that’s all he needs. Even if that means always sitting on the sidelines when the guys go out looking for girls.

When cute film-boy TJ tries to flirt with Bradley while his friends are doing their thing, he freaks. Yeah, he’s gay, but he’s never had the opportunity to go out with a boy before. He’s never had to worry about how his friends will react to seeing him with a guy.

Bradley accompanies TJ on a road trip to film TJ’s senior project documentary. In each city they visit, they meet with people from different walks of life, and Bradley learns there’s a whole lot more to being honest about himself than just coming out. He still has to figure out who he really is, and learn to be okay with what he discovers.Admittedly I read almost entirely MM romance or erotic romance. There are a couple of authors thought that I will read if they wrote a grocery list. Nyrae Dawn (aka Riley Hart) is one of them.

This is a YA MM romance. There is very little sex- and no “actual” sex- but really, this book is all about the story. Or stories.

Bradley is out but perpetually single. All of his friends are straight and he just doesn’t “know how” to be gay. Enter TJ, also out, very proud, and seemingly knowing what he is doing. Through a round about way, Bradley accompanies TJ on a 2 week trek to interview gay people for a documentary he is making. Hearing all of the different stories teaches Bradley that there is no one way to “be” gay. You just are.

This is the book that I want to hand out to people to read. READ THIS! To all of the kids struggling. To the parents and family and friends and co workers of anyone who is gay. READ THIS! To anyone who thinks being gay means the flamboyant twink with guy liner. READ THIS!

This book is beautiful in so many ways. It is both heart breaking and uplifting, innocent and sweet .  The budding romance between TJ and Bradley just quietly simmers throughout the book.


Sales Links: Harmony Ink Press | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details:

ebook, 184 pages
Published June 11th 2015 by Harmony Ink
ISBN 1634761812 (ISBN13: 9781634761819)
edition languageEnglish

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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