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Finding Shawn (Dangerous Lives Of High School Athletes Book 1) by [Marcello, Phil]
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Length: 178 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Shawn and Alex have been friends since first grade.
Alex, the rock star quarterback, appears to be basking in the limelight of his success and his new romance with Pam. But appearances can be deceiving.
Shawn is the key man in the football team’s solid defense. He’s also the senior class’ most eligible bachelor. But Shawn has no time to get involved with a girl—at least, that’s what he tells his friends.
In reality, he does have a love interest… Tony Valito.
Side-by-side, the relationships between the two couples blossom. One in the open. The other in secret. That is, until Shawn’s world erupts when the rumor that he’s gay gathers momentum.
In trying to find Shawn, perhaps his friends will end up finding themselves. And everyone will discover how dangerous are the lives of high school athletes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3898 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (1 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Finding Shawn began with a whimper and ended with a bang. 15 July 2016
By Beach Bum Books - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Finding Shawn began with a whimper and ended with a bang.

The whimper was a train wreck of multiple POVs (major head hopping), a case of a het romance taking precedence over the M/M pairing and the attendant coming out subplot, an action sequence that appears first as a backstory or a prelude, then reappears much, much later when the real event occurs. And the tense issue! Oh, the verb tenses flip-flopping from present to past, coupled with the POV problems… headache inducing.

All this in the first half of the book. It had me irritable and seriously considering a DNF, but! Yes, some redeeming features saved Finding Shawn from being a total hot mess. It did so by exploring some genuine teen conundrums of wanting to fit in, of fearing making your teammates angry at you, of missteps in that tentative first date/romance department, and a myriad of poor choices that only a young man can make as he is struggling to find his place in the world.
The pressure the football players are under—performance-wise, physical, mental—were nicely handled, as were instances of foolhardy behaviors that had deleterious consequences later in the book. The action on the field was handled extremely well, with authentic touches and a real sense of urgency built into the game, above and beyond a simple ‘go team, win’ scenario.

The protagonists, Alex and Shawn, are lifelong friends. Shawn has a secret even Alex couldn’t guess at, at least not until Alex is forced into an unfortunate situation that ricochets from bad to worse and leads to a revelation that impacts all involved. Shawn’s girlfriend Pam is a minor infringing on major character territory, while the parents, the Coach and others perform their roles with competence.

The antagonists, Dan and Pete, were real pieces of work, and so well drawn they made me want to reach into the Kindle and rip their spleens out. You know these guys: bullies, toughs, scumbags, athletes and all around privileged a$$holes (whew, yes, I still carry around baggage from high school, thanks for asking).

From a tepid beginning with uncertain and annoying narrative features, Finding Shawn finally found its legs when acts of violence escalated in a shocking way. There’s no one defining moment, just a slow accretion of learning about each character, of coming to terms with their insecurities and moral ambiguity, and having to develop some patience and fortitude (as a reader) to allow the characters to grow into their final form.

A lot of YA story telling is of that frenetic first person, present tense style. If done well it works, if it doesn’t… well, it probably won’t bother a fifteen-year-old reader but for a seasoned adult lover of proper tales, it’s a bit of a chore.

Watching the characters grow and change and come to terms with their families and friends was interesting and, overall, it actually worked. It’s squeaky clean, the angst level is moderate, the gay teen tropes are handled well, and the het romance was a nice touch, albeit off the mark when it comes to categorizing this one. It’s not really a romance and the pairings, het and gay, were grossly uneven in terms of narrative treatment. This is better categorized as a coming of age story with both straight and gay characters. In other words: a mashup.

With some work, Finding Shawn could be reworked into a compelling Young Adult story. As is, with all the POV and verb tense issues that dominate half the book, realistically I can only give this one 3 Stars, but based on a much better second half, I’m bumping it to 3.5 because the practices and the game scenes were done right. Props for that.

Finding Shawn was provided to GGR-Reviews for a fair and unbiased review.
3.0 out of 5 stars ... There were parts of this story that were really good, and parts that were really bad 6 April 2016
By Tracy Muth ~Bayou Book Junkie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

There were parts of this story that were really good, and parts that were really bad. I'll be honest, the first 50%, I wasn't sure I was going to finish. The story is told in the third person, and it would be okay, if we just had maybe 2 or 3 POV's, but we had the POV from almost every character in the story. The POV's switch quickly and frequently. By the second half of the book I knew the characters a bit better, so it wasn't as confusing, but the beginning of the book was a train wreck. I was so confused I was ready to close my iPad and move on. The second half of the book flowed a bit better, and was packed with action.

I didn't connect with anyone in this book. I found relationship wise the book focused much more on Pam
and Alex, and as a strictly m/m genre reader, this was disappointing. I would have liked more scenes with Tony and Shawn. The book sort of felt like it was Pam and Alex's story, with the romance between Tony and Shawn as a small secondary story. I know this is a series, but I seriously doubt I'll be reading any further. This book just wasn't for me, but maybe others will feel differently.

If you're looking for a gay romance, like I was, don't look here. That's not what this story was about. It was more like watching tv show about a bunch of HS kids, where two of the characters just happens to be gay.
4.0 out of 5 stars Shawn is a closeted gay athlete and Alex's best friend. When Shawn's love interest is bullied 1 May 2016
By cc - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 15 year old nephew. I'm trying to get him to read more. I read it first. I read it all in one sitting. It is a very fast moving story. I had to read it a second time. It has everything: romance, comedy and drama in a high school setting.

The book should have been named Alex as the is more about him. Alex is a high school athlete coming of age amidst a drive for a football championship. He starts a new relationship with Pam, who happens to be the sister of Shawn. Shawn is a closeted gay athlete and Alex's best friend.

When Shawn's love interest is bullied, it sets of a chain of events that could ruin a lot of lives and derail the championship bid. I don't want to give any more away except to say I like the people. He made them real. Good job. Good read. I would recommend for ages 15 and up.
5.0 out of 5 stars Was given this book for free from inked rainbow reads for an honest review 31 July 2016
By Natosha - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is as nothing like I expected it to be but so much more.

Bullying is such a huge problem in our world today and then you have the ones that are bullied. In the case of this book it was Tony. Tony is gay and he is not an athlete so in the bullies opinions he is the easy target. It is aweful the things that Peter and Dan do to him but what is worse is the number of people who stand around and watch and do nothing. I think that is the catalyst of the escalating problem in this story.

Shawn is also a main character in this book and he has his owe secrets to hide but not because he is ashamed of who he is but because he knows how his father will react. And reality is that he does react badly to finding out his son is gay but realizes almost immediately that he reacted the wrong way when Shawn disappears.

This is where the real troubles begin. Not only for Tony but Shawn. Their lives are in danger but the question is will they be found in time or will it be too late.

Phil Macello did an excellent job at writing this book and making it very believable. Phil was able to instill the emotions of not only the situation but also of the characters, not just the main characters either but each character in the book. This was a very sad but touching story and very well written at the same time. I cannot wait for book two to come out. This was an amazing read and I hope many more will read it and feel the same as I do.

Was given this book for free by inked rainbow reads for an honest review

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