The Quarterback’s Crush is a novel by John R. Petrie.
[I got this book from a LibraryThing Early Reviewer Give-Away.]
Finished on: 20.11.2018
Dylan knows exactly what he wants: to finish high school, to get a football scholarship, go to college and then come out to his friends and family from the safety of distance. But when his grades start slipping, he might lose it all. So he asks Tommy for help, the smartest guy in school and also, unnervingly, exactly Dylan’s type. But Tommy doesn’t appear to be interested and in his desperation, Dylan accidentally tells his team that he is gay, disrupting all of his plans and setting him up for a major readjustment – and a fight for Tommy’s heart.
The Quarterback’s Crush really is pure sugar. It has sweet characters, a healthy dose of escapism and goes down like nothing. I blazed through it and enjoyed every second.
A lot of queer fiction, at least that stuff that arrives in the mainstream, is insufferably bleak, focusing on queermisia and how bad queer people have it. And I agree that we queer people do still encounter a whole fucking lot of discrimination. But especially because it’s so prevalent, it’s nice to escape it every once in a while. Now, A Quarterback’s Crush doesn’t do without any homomisia, but it is still escapism in a way because you get this clear character division: generally good people are all accepting and not homomisic, generally bad people are homomisic as fuck and are dealt with according to their badness.
And the nice thing is that there are so many good people here. The way Dylan’s team reacts to his coming out and then they all do everything in their power to set him up with Tommy is just THE CUTEST. Dylan and Tommy themselves were also really, really sweet characters that were easy to root for.
I had my usual complaints that it all went a bit too fast for my taste – from meeting to love to heartbreak to the accidental coming out – but the novel is generally a very quick read, so things are bound to happen in quick succession.
So, if you’re looking for a nice gay romance suited for a younger crowd (though not limited to it), you should pick this one up and enjoy.
Summarizing: just really, really nice.