The Lives of Remy and Michael: Book One A CalPac Crew Story
A CalPac Crew Story
Remy Babcock and Mikey Castelreigh are stalwart members of the Capital City Rowing Club's junior crew, pulling their hardest to earn scholarships to rowing powerhouses like California Pacific. Just a couple of all-American boys, they face the usual pressures of life in an academic hothouse and playing a varsity sport. Add to that the stifling confines of the closet, and sometimes life isn't always easy, even in the golden bubble of their accepting community. Because Remy and Mikey have a secret: they're both gay. While Mikey has never hidden it, Remy is a parka and a pair of mittens away from Narnia.
Mikey has always been open about wanting more than friendship, but Remy is as uncomfortable in his own skin as he is a demon on the water. After their signals cross, and a man mistakes Remy for a college student, Remy takes the plunge and hooks up with him. After a furious Mikey cuts Remy off, Remy falls to the pressure of teenage life, wanting to be more and needing it now. In his innocence and naiveté, Remy makes mistakes that have life-long consequences. When Remy falls in the midst of the most important regatta of his life, he can only hope Mikey will be there to catch him when he needs it most.
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Remy, a seventeen year old confused young man is at the end of his junior year of high school, when he starts getting feeling for another young man on his rowing team, Michael. Michael has never shied away from his sexuality so knowing that Remy starts guessing he may be gay as well. But Remy family unlike Michael’s will not take kindly to the news that one of their sons is gay, especially his father so he hides this fact. Over the junior/senior summer, after the rejection he felt from Michael he decides to explore his new found sexuality, unfortunately this had some lifelong consequences that a seventeen year old boy shouldn’t have to face. First, I have to state two things, I’m not a seventeen year old gay boy and I’ve never been. Also I never read YA, but this one intrigued me. However, I was left disappointed. It was well written and you could feel that you were experiencing the life of a confused teen. And I did learn a lot about the break through with new drugs, who knew that with the right cocktail they could reduce the levels to zero! Also I had no idea that the virus could manifest so quickly, esp. in a healthy young adult, just a month or two. WOW. My problem is the author is basically saying that if a young man goes out like this characters mindset that he will catch AIDS. But yet, if you stay home and be good like the other character, you’ll be fine. Isn’t that the same as preaching abstinence? Which we all know doesn’t work. Among other things, this book is full of every stereotypical young and old gay male action and reference I thought the LBGT community was trying to avoid and stop? Not to mention stereotyping the good family with the good kid and the bad with the bad. I would not suggest this book to any YA confused kid. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many Reviews
This book is very hard for me to write an unbiased review not because of how much I did or did not like it. I did like it. The subject matter saddens me horribly. (Spoiler Alert:) What I do know is that our country does far too little these days educating young people on the subjects of Sexually transmitted diseases and how to prevent them just by using Condoms. I'm in the same boat as Remy and have been since the 1980's when we knew crap. His catting around for sex is no different than the 80's and before. His relationship with his brother Geoff, his parents, coach and Mikey all are so familiar. I feel this book should be required reading for young people in the LGBTQ community. The author has taken great pains to write real characters and situations which is so important in a story like this. I've been saying to many people who know I read M4M romance that I get really tired of the "oh I'm clean are you ?" being used in so many of the genres books and then following up with the "I want to feel you skin to skin inside me." Seriously? Come on don't all of us authors included need to be part of the educating process? I still read them regardless but if authors who use the above situations in their books added a foreword or afterword promoting Safe Sex and included phone contacts for places for anonymous testing it might help save one person's life which helps save others. I apologize for being on a soap box. I enjoyed the book and will definitely read more of Mr. Koehler in the future.