Admit Oneby Jenna Hilary Sinclair
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When high school teacher Tom Smith meets Kevin Bannerman at a gay club, he violates his own rule: one-night stands only. But when the weekend is over, he walks away, reminding himself that he lives a deeply closeted life for painful, compelling reasons. He keeps his secrets, his heart, and the cause of his crippled arm to himself, but almost immediately he bitterly regrets leaving Kevin. Months later, while Tom serves as reluctant assistant director for his school's production of Rent, he fears that the show's same-sex love angle will somehow out him. Protests against the play begin, one of the student actors is harassed, and during a parents' meeting, Tom encounters Kevin again. This time Tom can't fight the attraction between them, and he and Kevin begin a tentative relationship. Within Rent's message of acceptance and support, and as local churches oppose the play, Tom struggles to find the strength to admit one man into his heart.
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A great love story that was very enjoyable and well written!
This story surprised me in how much it effected me on an emotional level. It was so much more than a romance story. Maybe because I live in a smaller, conservative town and I can easily picture some of those things happening if the school tried to put on a play like Rent that makes the story very believable. I love how the story is about two people Tom and Kevin but that the story is really an ensemble story where all the characters are important to the whole of the story. All the characters seem well developed and real. It takes a special writer to really make you feel both the pain and the triumph of the characters from Tom's despair to Robbie's moment of bravery in coming out. This is a very powerful story.
Haunted by past trauma, high school history teacher Tom Smith has spent most of his life in small town Texas making sure he's stuffed as far deep into the closet as he can go. But when he's drafted by an overzealous colleague into being the assistant director for a controversial high school performance of Rent, and finds himself entering his first serious relationship (with the kind and attractive Kevin) since his college years, his hard-won security starts to fall apart. More than a romance, this book looks at small town morality and controversies, secondary effects of homophobia on people who aren't even gay (as told through the story of Kevin's daughter), and what kind of risks are worth taking. It is also sometimes a difficult read, at turns frustrating, heartbreaking, and encouraging. The secret of Tom's past is not revealed until near the end, but sheds a lot of light on the rest of the book. Which meant I then had to re-read it, didn't I? Great book