Themes & Genres: LGBT, YA, Romance, family
Micah Jaeger’s life is a mess. His folks have split, and his mother is seeing a medium to communicate with Micah’s older brother, killed in Afghanistan. He had to change schools for his junior year, which made him retreat further into himself, hiding behind his camera—and hiding that he’s gay.
One sunny day in June, as he’s shooting a dead seagull on the shore of Long Island Sound, a mysterious guy appears in a beautiful sailboat. At first, the guy’s boat shoes are the image that stays with Micah. But soon it’s the person himself, Walker Donnell, who haunts Micah’s dreams.
Walker’s life looks perfect to Micah. His wealthy parents adore him. He has everything he could want. He’s gorgeous and generous. And he falls hard for Micah. But he has a secret: Walker is intersex.
The closer Walker and Micah grow, the more Walker feels the need to be sure of himself in ways he hasn’t fully faced before, and now it’s his turn to retreat. Micah knows Walker is worth waiting for, so he waits. And waits.
What I think of the book:
I’ve read quite a few books this year and Waiting for Walker is certainly one of the best.
Characters, plot – everything was entertaining and if you are looking for diversity in your reads, then this is the book for you!
It’s a multi-layered novel, dealing with sexuality, gender, family, loss, tolerance, fear, courage and even religion at some point. You’d think that with so many themes in it, the book will be too much, too stuffed with facts and in-your-face messages the author tries to convey, but that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. The novel is a well-paced, smooth read with the characters gradually coming to understand each other’s feelings and differing points of view.
When I picked Waiting for Walker, I thought that romance would be the predominant theme, but family plays a big role here too. We get to see how each member attempts to deal with loss, fear and prejudice. The book is a very realistic exploration of learning about oneself and opening to others and even though at the end it dips its toes into the paranormal, the hint that there might be something supernatural doesn’t take away from the gravity of the situations the characters find themselves in.
The novel is beautifully written and you’ll find yourself bonding with the characters and wishing you could spend time with them in real life. I’m not much of a sea person, but while reading Waiting for Walker, I wanted to take a walk on the beach, dive into the sea or even get on a boat with Micah and Walker.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Waiting for Walker to everyone who enjoys reading not only about Romance in the LGBT community, but also the everyday dramas the people in it face, dramas that have nothing to do with their sexual orientation or gender.
My rating: (5 out of 5 boats)
Would I re-read this book? This is a standalone so I don’t need to re-read it to remind myself of the events and characters when reading other books, but it’s such a good novel that I’m sure I’ll peruse it again.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes! Very interested indeed.
Where can you buy the book?
- amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)
Add Waiting for Walker to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve reviewed:
- Throwing Stones (LGBT Fiction, YA/NA, family, religion, acceptance)
- And If I Fall (previously The Revelations of Jude Connor | standalone | Gay Fiction, Psychological, religion, coming of age)
- On Chocorua – Trailblazer, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | YA LGBTQ Fiction, coming out, trauma, addiction)
- On The Kalalau Trail – Trailblazer, Book 2 (YA LGBTQ Fiction, self-discovery)
Want to know more about Robin? Read the interview she gave me in December 2017!
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