28 July 2017

Blog Tour: It Could Happen by Mia Kerick


It Could Happen
Mia Kerick

Published June 5th 2017

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Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

About the Author

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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

My Review

It Could Happen is written in an interesting style, with the story coming to us in three different styles of writing; Brody's journal, a general form from Henry, and poems from Danny. It was a quirky and creative way for the story to be delivered, and was something that I greatly enjoyed.

Even though I generally loved this book, I need the two things that really let me down off my chest. Then I promise to gush about what I loved.

  1. Danny is such a useless character. He both manages to be a main character and a background character as the same time - a truly remarkable feat. I think part of the reason I view him as useless might have something to do with only getting sporatic poems from his POVs, while you get full chapters from the other boys. I mean, sure, I felt for what he went through, but his only real purpose in the novel is to serve as the catalyst for, and third member  of their threelationship. Personally, I think the novel would've been 10 times better without him in it.
  2. The writing is a little all over the place. Like bits that are meant to be from Brody's POV have a random bit from Henry's, and it's a little wordy in places which made it difficult for me to follow the story at times.

I went into It Could Happen with an open mind - kind of a requirement when it's a gay threesome. Yet, I still found the concept of three people being in a relationship a really weird concept. This may have been due to my dislike of Danny, or possibly that I'm not sure if I believe that you can love two people equally at the same time. I feel that there's always going to be one person you love more than the other, and that it would most likely vary from day to day. Plus three people kissing each other on the mouth at the same time is a super weird mental image . . . but, I guess, as the title says, it could happen.

The novel hits on some hard issues that are sadly very common at the moment. With Henry, we have  him dealing with being gay in a super religious family. Honestly, this kind of situation always makes me super sad when the parents and the rest of their church flock aren't accepting of them - especially when I thought that religion is meant to be about love and forgiveness. We have Brody coming to the realisation that he is bisexual, and learning what that means for him. Then there is the bigotry  that all three of them have to face from some people in their community. Honestly, it just makes me both very sad and very angry at the same time.

I love Brody. So much so that I wish he were a real physical person so that we could be best friends. His POV was my absolute favourite with they way he thinks and his approach to life. I mean, he's not without his issue, but what bi teenager in a gay threelationship wouldn't be? There were just so many layers to his character with his home life, friends, and trying to understand his sexuality. I really just found myself being able relate to him on so many levels. Also, he calls Henry Perkins, Perky, isn't that just the darn cutest thing ever?

It Could Happen is awkward, weird, sweet, heart wrenching, and funny. Basically everything you would expect a book about a gay threesome in high school to be. It's a book that needs to be approached with an open mind, and hits on some very topical points.


3 out of 5

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4 comments :

  1. Thanks for hosting me today, and I appreciate your review. I love it when I learn from a review.

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    1. No problem! I always feel a mix of touched and terrified when an author reads one of my reviews...

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  2. This sounds like a fun and unique read! Glad you liked it it sounds like a different love story that would be right up my alley. I like it when the authors step out of the box you know.

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    1. As long as the box is still within sight! ;)

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Happy reading,
Renae

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