Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Get Out: Book Four
Micah Johnson is coming back to Melbourne, and the story of him and his friends is coming to an end.
Or will it be a new beginning?
Will Deanes and Micah Johnson have a past, one that ranges from bitter enemies to best friends. There might be an undercurrent of something else, but Micah remains oblivious, and all Will can do is try to move on.
Except now Micah’s returning to Melbourne full-time, and that means they can’t avoid each other or the tensions that arise. Will is still dealing with an injury that ended his football career, while Micah’s continues to thrive. As they face highs, lows, and family tragedies, they’ll have to get to know each other all over again. Will Micah see that Will means much more to him than a friend?
I started following and falling in love with the Get Out kids when I first met them in Sean Kennedy’s connected Tigers and Devils series. It was there that Dec (and Simon) saw the need for LGBT youth in sports to have a place and organization to guide and support them. Micah, Emma, and Will were the original three kids looking for guidance (well, not Micah, he always had so much growing to do), but Emma and Will, along with others needing strength and support from Dec and Simon as role models as a out LGBT couple and successful in their life choices.
I’ve followed them through their own stories in the Get Out series and now we come to Where There’s A Will Deanes (Get Out #4) by Sean Kennedy, a story by all indications feels like the author is wrapping up the series and sending this wonderful trio off to college and the paths they have chosen next after graduation. It’s fitting that it’s Will who’s story puts a period to this section of their lives and also marks a major milestone in his life that will include Micah too.
Will was supposed to have had a promising career similar in trajectory to the one that is propelling Micah. But a tragic bus accident changed all that costing him any athletic participation for forever. Of the three, Will has been left by the sidelines to watch Micah and Emma soar as stars in their sports, and go onto romances and move forward while he faced rehab and a new life without a sport he loved, including the person he never told how he felt.
Now we get a maturing Will, one who has found himself through his work at Get Out as an assistant there, taking courses on the side to further understand the nuances of the business, proud of the work he’s accomplishing while still working through some of the issues left over from his abusive upbringing. Like all of the characters here, Will is complex, open, vulnerable, and confused as to what to do about his feelings for Micah, especially now that he has returned to the area.
Told from Will’s pov, it’s a beautiful rendering of this age group by Sean Kennedy. We see Will (and through his eyes Micah, Emma, and other youth) fluctuate between seeming so young and then standing tall and adult. Between acting like fast friends and kids, then so much older with all the weight they can barely handle on their shoulders. Its done through dialog, actions, and scenes so emotional they grab you by the heart and refuse to let you go.
While this is Will’s and through Will, Micah’s story and their relationship, it is also Emma’s too. She will get her going off here along with her best friends. In fact all the other characters you would expect to see from Tigers and Devils will be making appearances to send this trio off. Not that I don’t expect all three to make showings in Tigers and Devils should that series continue, a fact I’m not sure of either.
But for the Get Out group? Where There’s A Will Deanes (Get Out #4) by Sean Kennedy is beautifully written, with all the characters we have come to know and love showing great emotional growth and finding love as they start new journeys. It’s about hope, love, and going forward as the best person you can be. What a story! What a series! I loved every sentence of it and them.
I highly recommend this story and this series. They should be read in the order they were written in order to understand the timeline, the characters and the growth they undergo. Truly amazing.
Cover Art: Catt Ford. Simple, elegant, and eye catching. Love it.
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Harmony Ink Press
Series Get Out :