Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North
Review by Lauren
source: book from Netgalley; all opinions are my own
Review: Blueberry Boys is a quick, enjoyable read! Connor used to live in a small town but he was always desperate to escape. Everyone always knew he was gay and it wasn’t something the town could really accept. So when he comes back years later, now a successful photographer, to help sell the farm his uncle used to own, he doesn’t expect to find any happiness. Then he meets Jed Jones, who is a tenant farmer on his uncle’s land.
I really loved both of these guys, separate and together. Connor had only his brother left in his family, but Scott is eleven years older and never seemed to understand Connor. Jed has a bigger family who he loves, but they don’t know he’s gay and he has a hard time reconciling his feelings and the fact that he feels like he’s lying to everyone. It isn’t until Jed meets Connor that he starts to understand that it’s okay he kept his sexuality a secret, but that he should come out if he really wants too.
One thing I loved about these guys is that both of them have their insecurities that they help each other with. Connor used to be the chubby kid, so he still feels out of place sometimes in his own body. As for Jed, he’s had a stutter his whole life and it gets worse when he’s nervous. He’s used to people talking for him or interrupting him when he can’t finish a sentence. It’s sweet how Connor learns to deal with this – waiting for Jed to speak, letting him text or write emails instead of talking over the phone or even in person. They accommodate each other and it’s nice to see!
Blueberry Boys does have some mature moments but nothing that overshadows the overall story. I would definitely recommend!