My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: ARC provided by Netgalley
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Diversion Books
Point of View: First Person (Jack)
Genres & Themes: M/M Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+,Young Adult, Drugs, Violence, Homophobia
In a town like Burro Hills, you either figure out who you are or die trying.
Seventeen-year-old Jack has lived in the troubled California town his entire life. He hides the truth about his sexuality from everyone, including his best friend Jess and his childhood rival and drug dealing partner, Toby. Keeping your head down, Jack knows, is the best way to survive.
But when Connor, a fearless new arrival, enrolls at school, he sees right through Jack’s façade. Jack finds himself falling for Connor, and the feeling is mutual―but their relationship will set into a motion a series of events with lasting consequences. After a falling out with Jess, Jack is worried to see her growing close to the manipulative Toby. To make matters worse, Jack is becoming increasingly paranoid that Toby will expose his relationship with Connor.
As tensions rise and more secrets come to a head, Jack cuts off ties with Toby. Hungry for revenge, Toby comes after Jack, jeopardizing his budding romance with Connor and the life he’s tried so hard to salvage in Burro Hills.
I feel like any time I do review these days, it’s because I thoroughly enjoy a novel I’m reading (or I absolutely hate it and just need to share my thoughts lol).
Burro Hills completely took me by surprise. From the beginning, I almost didn’t read it. First, because this has been in my anticipating title list for so long, that when I saw it on the Netgalley site, I thought it was another book and that they had stolen the graphic design, especially the font. Only for me to realize that it was the book in my mind I was comparing it to. And then, I got into this slump.
Yes, that dreaded slump.
I didn’t feel like much of anything, but I decided to go with Burro Hills. Now that I think about it, maybe it was calling to me, and I’m glad I picked up that call.
Burro Hills is where Jack lives, a town full of drugs, disappointment, and dead-ends. This is a novel about a guy finding himself in the midst of so much wrongness and toxicity; from the school to the parents to his friends.
And then there’s Connor.