Private Display of Affection
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title Hugo Thorson knows he’s gay, but coming out during high school is not part of his plan. His parents are open-minded, but Hugo doesn’t want to add more stress for anybody, especially his dad, who is fighting terminal cancer. At a summer job he meets and... show more
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Hugo Thorson knows he’s gay, but coming out during high school is not part of his plan. His parents are open-minded, but Hugo doesn’t want to add more stress for anybody, especially his dad, who is fighting terminal cancer.
At a summer job he meets and befriends Kevin Magnus, and before long, their friendship becomes something more. Kevin knows this will anger his overbearing father, so he decides to protect his secret by dating a girl at school.
Hugo plays along, but it’s still hard to watch the two of them together just to make Kevin’s homophobic father happy. And when Hugo’s father dies, he realizes he can’t go on living the lie. He comes clean to Kevin, who decides Hugo’s true feelings are more important than his father’s expectations.
One fact remains: Kevin and Hugo’s relationship must always be hidden behind friendship, lies, girlfriends, or secret kisses. Will they find a sanctuary big enough to hold their feelings?
Adapted as a Young Adult edition of the novel Spark by Posy Roberts, published by Dreamspinner Press, 2013
Publish date: December 12th 2013
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Pages no: 210
Edition language: English
Series: North Star
Private Display of Affection takes us inside the early years (actually, just the first year) of Hugo and Kevin’s relationship. We have read about them as adults, with flashes of their early time together. Now we get to bear witness to the time when they met and first got to know one another. Little ...
This started out slowly, almost on a hesitant note. Almost as if the author wasn’t sure about what to do with these boys. I’m not sure I know what to do with them, myself, but the author did a brilliant job in bringing them alive, while painting a great backdrop. It cannot be underlined too ofte...
The flashbacks from the novel Spark by Posy Roberts are explored here in a young adult novel, covering the friendship and developing relationship between Hugo and Kevin. I would have liked the author to delve a little deeper into the emotions of the young men, which on occasion sounded flat, but thi...