Ethan Tanner is an out and proud, fastidious, and fashionable sixteen-year-old vegetarian who likes theater and musicals. This year, it’s his sister's turn to pick the vacation destination, so he ends up on a dude ranch he knows he is going to hate. What with the dirt, animals, and germs, he can’t possibly be happy.Jason McCoy is the closeted sixteen-year-old son of the ranch owners and is trying to find his place in a world that doesn't seem to fit him. He takes an interest in Ethan, shows him around, and gets him to ride a horse. When he invites Ethan camping, Ethan thinks Jason must be joking. But Ethan takes a risk, and the two boys bond under the stars.After that, Ethan and Jason are inseparable. Their friendship grows into something deeper as they begin to figure out what they want from life. But Ethan’s home is in Chicago, and the distance might be more than the two teenagers—and their blossoming relationship—can withstand.
WISH UPON A STAR Teen crush or real love that is the question that this book explores. I enjoyed it although for it ti progress it was going to need luck of heroic proportions. It keeps you guessing right to the end. A lovely book and l will be looking for more by Geoff.
I'm in love This was simply wonderful ! What a sweet , fairy-tale like story ! I fell in love with both MC's ! Highly recommended if you believe in the one true love that can conquer all the obstacles that turn up :)
More Rural Wonder "Under The Stars" is Geoff Laughton's second novel after "By The Creek," and like his first, this story centers around love developing in a rural setting. Ethan Tanner is out, fashion-forward and a bit of a germophobe, so there's nothing he's looking forward to about the dude ranch his sister picks for their family summer vacation. But when he meets Jason McCoy, a closeted farm boy, Ethan begins to discover a friendship and feelings that grow from that connection. Laughton always does a wonderful job of depicting the rural atmosphere, and the threats that come along for the characters who live there. For Jason, his life is the farm, and coming out of the closet would mean extreme disapproval from his father. And then there's Rick, the somewhat menacing cousin who could expose him if he ever found out. All the information about horses and trails complete the rural picture and create a vivid image of this place for the reader. And to have Ethan come into that setting, when he's basically the opposite of all of this, provides some good tension and allows the reader to watch him grow over the course of the novel through his relationship with Jordan. At points, I felt like the dialogue was a little stilted and perhaps at times bordering a little on cliché. And sometimes I felt like the tension could have been more immediate, but at the heart of Laughton's books are two characters that come together and grow alongside one another. His ability to create believable character growth with people you will care about is incredible, and as always, the wonder of the rural world is palpable through his descriptions. I highly recommend both "Under The Stars" and "By The Creek," and am looking forward to reading his third novel, "At The Lake."
Ethan knows he is going to hate this and bitterly expresses his feelings Two young (16 year old) boys - one being very urban oriented with main interest in theater and the other the son of a dude ranch owner. Ethan the city boy is vegetarian and anti dirt, animals and germs. He has a sister and each year they take turns to choose a vacation destination. This year is his sisters turn and she picks a dude ranch. Ethan knows he is going to hate this and bitterly expresses his feelings, but to no avail. Oh and Ethan is out and proud. Jason is closeted living and working on his parents ranch and is told to take Ethan around the ranch. He teaches Ethan how to ride a horse and asks Ethan to go camping with him. Ethan hesitantly accepts, but things happen and the boys become inseparable. However, Jason's father becomes aware of his sons attraction and keeps Jason busy away from Ethan. Ethan returns home to Chicago. When Jason's school class goes to Chicago to visit museums, can the boys manage to met again? If you enjoy YA stories this book is a must read.
Very good story and messages for gay youth in this book.... I loved "Under the Stars"....beautiful cover, it brought back so many memories of when I worked on a dude ranch in Colorado as a 17 year old gay teen. The difference was I was alone, so I loved the happy ending of this book and the hope it gives all gay teens. I made my own happy ending with a husband of 31 years, a home and wonderful life. But what Geoff Laughton AKA Andrew Grey does is give gay youth hope for what is possible. I applaud him for that. If you liked this book, read Geoff's "By the Creek"....another story of hope for gay youth and one I can relate to since I grew up by one of the largest Amish communities in U.S. (Holmes County, Ohio). Keep up the good work, Geoff! Glad you are writing full-time.
beautifully details a fully realized relationship between two very different Laughton isn't setting out to change the literary world with this book. He, instead, beautifully details a fully realized relationship between two very different, very likeable characters with the same youthful yearning we are made to experience all over again. I was transported to a place of innocence and discovery because he was as cautious about the circumstances which abound as I had been about mine at the time I was "of age". He never takes it to a place of graphic overload. The book chronicles an altruistic, seemingly impossible bonding of two young men and, for those of us who didn't have a fully realized first love, allows for a happy evolution from a crush to a possible lifetime together. I'm grateful for the infusion of that long ago, first-time euphoria. I would gladly go back to THIS moment in the past - had it been mine.
A sweet gay teen romance Under the Stars is a sweet gay teen romance and coming of age tale about two high school boys who meet at a remote dude ranch - one a guest and one a ranch hand. Their whirlwind romance leads to a long-distance relationship. This is a solid entry in the gay YA coming of age library. While perhaps not as stellar or challenging as some other gay YA books, I found Under the Stars most enjoyable. If you enjoy gay coming of age fiction, you'll enjoy this book.
Another great read by Geoff Laughton (Spoilers) Really liked this story! Two very different boys who had different upbringings and have different strengths and passions and lives ~ brought together and prive opposites attract. Loved their love story and the way their love was strong enough to make it through challenges and heartbreaking distance. So happy to read a long distance relationship that has a lovely and happy ending too!
Story was very well written and characters were great This book was very well written and shows us what it is like to have parents that are caring and accepting versus parents who are bigoted and mean. The story is about young men finding their sexuality and first love, but are too young to do much about it. The characters are wonderful and the story leaves you hoping that true love will survive all obstacles. I would love to see a follow up story for these two.
First love I give this book 4.5 stars. The two main characters, Ethan and Jason, are written in a way that you really care about them. This book is about first love that endures and is beautifully written.
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