GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 23,087 words
Introverted, socially awkward Jay Kirkman, known to his Grams as "Jay Bird," is riding the ups-and-downs of youth while living with overbearing parents and dealing with the pressures of being a senior in high school.A month away from graduation, Jay hopes to flee the small upstate New York town of Milton for a life anywhere but in his dead-end hometown. He wishes for more than he has now: scholarly, eccentric parents, and watching Grams, the closest person to him, slowly dying before his eyes.His equally withdrawn but edgier best friend Rocco has a hearty appetite for drugs, alcohol, and promiscuous sex. When the law comes knocking, asking questions about a crime Rocco may or may not have committed, he finds himself in big trouble and turns to Jay for help.Is Jay and Rocco's friendship strong enough to sustain life's tough obstacles as they navigate the highs and lows of growing up together?EXCERPT:
Jay Bird by Thomas Grant Bruso is a heartwarming coming out/coming of age story. Bruso, takes his young characters and adds a level not often seen in stories like this, even if that means putting the characters at risk, or in dangerous situations – life, as we know, is not always rosy, and Bruso gets it. It was an enjoyable read. Highly recommended.