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Saturday, 26 September 2015

Zach's Secret by Matthew W. Grant

From Matthew W. Grant, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist Author of Secrets Of Slaters Falls...

Can a young man come out, find love, and survive senior year all at the same time?

Senior Zach Denham, the editor of the high school newspaper in a small New England town, struggles to act like a "normal" guy by dating Meghan, his religious friend. Key, the school's newly arrived attractive jock, forces Zach to confront the truth about his sexual identity. Still unsure of himself, Zach is reluctant to help start a support group for gay students at the high school.

Friends will become enemies when the explosive issue divides the school community. Opposition to the group mounts from the school administration, other students, Zach's friends, and even his own mother. 

As Mrs. Trevott, Zach's trusted and sharp-tongued English teacher, advises, some of them will stand up for what they believe in even if they are standing alone. Some will face the darkest parts of themselves when they witness first-hand how destructive their own prejudice can be. 

Matthew's screenplay version of Zach's Secret was a finalist in a Script Magazine screenwriting contest.

Hey! Here's my review.

A clean, young adult m/m romance. Zach's journey of self discovery coming out and dealing with prejudice. I found this book very relatable and saw some familiar scenes from my highschool years when my best friend came out. A great book to remind you stand up for what you believe in and to "think about that".

I listened to the audiobook edition, which I received free in exchange for an honest review. The narrator was great, speaking clearly and at a good pace.


  • Where: Audiobook Blast
  • Format: audiobook

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