Thursday, 24 March 2016

Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton



 It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.


 I haven't read all of Marie's books so far. But as far as I know, Trailer Trash is going to be one of her best work for me.
Honestly, at some scenes, I had to close the book for a while, and thinking, stared at the wall, mostly crying.

This is a journey through a memory lane, where in 1986, AIDS was still scary, not much information about how it spread, and why, and people afraid even near gay people, it was like an influenza virus, don't go near gay people, you'll get AIDS. Back then, in my country, they're even called gay people homo. Yeah, glad that day is over now (even in some country and places around the world, people still afraid of 'homosexual contagious'. Ridiculous.)

And to make it worst with Cody and Nate's relationship, Cody is a trailer trash, a very down of a down life in Wyoming, while Nate didn't know that he was gay.
Marie made this story 'real'. It's like she portrayed the gay's life back then, and even they didn't know their own sexuality.
Mr.Bradford, Nate's dad, has a very natural reaction of parents (back then), who's faced with his son's sexuality. His reaction was real, I hated him for a while, then I'll make it to him, well, he's okay, anyway.
Loved Cody's Mom. Whatever she is, she's the best mother Cody can have.
And Logan. Oh God, Marie, why did you make it 'too real'?
What happened to Logan (a number one best friend in the world for Cody), broke my heart. And I cried an ugly cry.

But I have to thank Marie for mending my broken heart by seeing that in the future, Nate and Cody will eventually get their HEA. The ending leave me with a huge smile on my face.
Really good story, it will break your heart, but trust Marie Sexton to put it back together again.
Highly recommended !

* ARC was given by publisher through Netgalley for a fair and unbiased review.* 

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