September 8, 2015
I loved this book. It is wickedly smart, funny, heartbreaking.
Sprout is 12 years old when his father moves them from Long Island to Kansas following the death of Sprout’s mother. Openly gay and heading off his feelings of not fitting in, Sprout dies his hair a trademark green. By the time he’s 16, he’s made friends with a sharp-tongued tomboy and is fooling around in a janitor’s closet with the school jock who otherwise torments him. But it’s when Sprout meets Ty that I didn’t want to put the book down. No spoilers here, but their relationship moved me to tears of several different kinds.
My one criticism would be that the end felt a bit rushed and a little confusing. It also wasn’t the ending I wanted. Then again, I didn’t want it to end at all.
Sprout had me at the cover and title, then delivered. It was the first book I’ve read by Dale Peck and I can’t wait to read more.
Still Reading: How To Raise An Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims
Now Reading: Rock, Meet Window by Jason Good
After reading—and laughing till I cried—This Is Ridiculous, This Is Amazing, I’ll read anything Jason Good ever writes. By definition, Rock, Meet Window won’t be as funny as This Is Ridiculous, This Is Amazing since it’s written while the author is dealing with the terminal diagnosis and death of his father. Still, I just know that when I’m crying, I’m going to be laughing too, and that’s a gift.