Friday, September 19, 2014

Mia Kerick - The Red Sheet - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape. Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before “the change.” Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.

With a foreword by Cody Kennedy



My Review

Young adult author Mia Kerick frames her same-sex love story THE RED SHEET around the popular 2001 song "Superman" by Five for Fighting. Familiar lyrics like "Even heroes have the right to dream," and "It's not easy to be me," become fitting chapter titles when her protagonist Bryan Dennison wakes up one morning and wants to save the world. He doesn't know what brought on this radical transformation and why he suddenly feels like the ambassador of GreenPeace, the Salvation Army and Feeding America all rolled into one. As the first person narrator, Bryan is telling the story to the audience in order to understand what is happening to him.

All Bryan knows is that he's attracted to chorus tenor Scott Beckett with his wire-rimmed glasses and porcelain skin—and he shouldn't be—not if he wants to maintain his street cred with the superjock crowd. Bryan excels at two things: bullying and basketball. Having Scott as his boyfriend just doesn't fit into that formula. He's a star athlete whose sole motivation is to win, at all costs. He cares too much about what people think of him to throw his reputation away on a boy he can't have. There's no way he's going to come out, even if he's able to admit, at least to himself, "Scott…well, he just did it for me."

However, practice makes perfect and little by little Bryan gains confidence in his feelings by standing up for his newfound convictions. He prays. He tells the truth. He puts the needs of others ahead of his own. He doesn't want to sit on the sidelines anymore. He's ready to champion the cause of right over wrong. But Scott doesn't want to have anything to do with him. Somewhere along the line, Bryan broke Scott's spirit, and it's killing him that he can't remember how.

The novel is part mystery as Bryan tries to remember the kind of self-absorbed jerk he used to be. His memory is riddled with gaps and as he sorts through the clues of his recent past he comes to learn that he was complicit in something terrible that happened to Scott. He works through the remainder of the book trying to make amends for what he did to him before the full weight of his betrayal slams onto his shoulders. The tension is heightened with every page as Bryan's interior journey comes full circle.

Yet through his love for Scott, Bryan is finally able to stand up for what he believes in. He chooses the hard road because it's worth it, not because it's easy. He knows that he can't escape himself. Strength only comes from suffering. He's not lost anymore. He knows that he won't slip back and become the person he once was because Scott was able to forgive him. He's aware now how closely hurt and love go hand in hand, and how love is its own form of kryptonite if it's not handled with care. With love comes responsibility, and Bryan is finally man enough to protect and guard Scott's heart with everything he has, letting the world know that he belongs to him. Now he's able to don his red cape in public, because being openly in love is what really makes him fly.

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The Red Sheet can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Dreamspinner Press, All Romance Books

Prices/Formats: $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Pages: 190
Genre: Young Adult
Release: February 20, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781627987219
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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 young 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.

My themes I always write about:
Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes- only love can save them

Links to connect with Mia:
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Blog
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4 comments:

  1. This was a great book. Glad you enjoyed it too.

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    1. I can't wait to read your review, Cheryl! Very excited :)

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  2. Thank you so much for an awesome review. I loved it!!

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    1. So glad to hear it, Mia! Keep on writing! :)

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