It Could Happen
by Mia Kerick
New Adult / Romance / LGBTQ+
Publication Date: June 5th, 2017
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Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.
Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?
In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.
About the Author:
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
Contact Mia at email@example.com.
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Quick Reasons: cutesy contemporary; loveloveLOVE the love happening; not much depth overall; endearing, though not real complex, characters; believable romance, though the butterflies didn’t take wing for this read
Huge thanks to Mia Kerick, Dreamspinner Press, and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a free egalley of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
This was a super cute, contemporary LGBTQ+ read. The characters were endearing and entertaining, and face some realistic and difficult struggles in the course of their journey. I really adored watching their relationship blossom from friends into something closer; the connection between them was believable and so super easy to root for. I particularly loved watching them face and overcome the odds together–there was a lot of strength written into this relationship, and I really admire that Mia Kerick wrote them first and foremost as friends, as that helped make their connection even more realistic for me as a reader.
However, while there are some nail-biting moments, overall I didn’t feel as if there was much depth to this journey. The characters don’t really grow much apart from their discovering the inner turmoils of their feelings for one another, and nobody outside their circle really does much in the way of growing or accepting. Which, on one hand, is probably realistic…but on the other hand, made me, as a reader, just a little bit angry. I suppose I went into this book looking for more than I got in the end, which disappointed me. So while I’m super happy with the love that happened, and the relationship growth between the boys… I wasn’t entirely convinced with the rest of the characters, or the rest of this read. Unfortunately, it just fell a bit flat for me personally.
So, to recap: I LOVE the relationship between the boys–it’s super realistic and endearing. The story and the rest of the characters, unfortunately, fall a bit flat for me–possibly because I went into this read looking for something deeper than what I received. I’d recommend this to lovers of diverse romances, contemporary fiction, and journeys with a few slight bumps along the way. Keep your eyes open, penguins; a love like this? It could happen.