Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover: I love it.
Trigger warnings: Abuse mention, drugs mention, homophobia, AIDS mention
Description: It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.
Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.
Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.
Review: Yes. Simply yes.
I think I fell in love with this story. Somehow I’ve gotten more than I expected.
I will not to spoiler you, so I’ll give you a bullet list of why you should read Trailer Trash:
- showing not telling of how it is to be poor
- sooo sweet
- that is when you’re not on the verge of tears
- lots of good drama
- NO bitchy female
- doesn’t show poor parents as assholes
- slow burning romance
If I had to say something bad…hm… maybe Nate’s naivety? It’s maybe a little bit over top, on the other hand… there are people like this.
Seriously, just read it. You get healthy relationships, slow building, cute romance, interesting characters and the danger and impact of AIDS is not downplayed.