Friday 6 November 2020

Review of He Called Me Beautiful by Annabeth Chatwin


Tyler: It’s 1998. Matthew Shepard was just murdered. I’m a skinny skater boy and low in the high school food chain already— no way am I coming out. But at a masked Halloween party, the cutest guy in school (and the only one who’s out) doesn’t recognize me. We dance together and he kisses me before I bolt. Now he’s desperate to discover who I am. If he does, he and his preppy friends hate me so much he’ll freak.

I want to tell him the truth, but I can’t.

Sutton: It’s 1998. Will & Grace is on TV, Ellen’s come out, and I’m the token gay prep everyone loves as long as I wear the right clothes and hate the right people. A mystery boy kisses me at my Halloween party, and I need to find him. My friends worry he might be a loser. I don’t care if he is. When I tell them that, they flip out… and suddenly the cool gay kid isn’t so cool anymore.

I have to find this guy, if only so I’m not alone.


My Review: 5 STARS 

I picked this up because the blurb and titled called to me, the idea of a glimpse into the past with two young boys, both from different backgrounds falling in love. Sutton is out, Tyler isn’t, and the story just flowed on the page. I was rooting for them both, hoping that they’d find each other and end up living happily. The story was told beautifully, with just enough of that romantic suspense and tension, and I adored the characters and the story. A quick read, and one that I would recommend.

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