Holy Wow!! This book? ALL the feels! I was just taken on an amazing rollercoaster of a journey. Being inside the mind of someone going through bipolar highs and lows is fascinating in one way, and downright scary in another. These authors have done an amazing job.
Lucas and Gabriel have history - they met each other in an online forum and were chatting to each other for quite a while, supporting each other through the scary time of realising they were gay and struggling with how to deal with that and come out to their families. What Gabriel didn't tell Lucas was that he was bipolar. After a severe episode Gabriel's parents admit him to an institution in an attempt to 'fix' him. Woth no way to communicate with the outside world, Lucas believes he's been abandoned by Gabe, and lashes out, landing himself a 6mth stint in juvie, during which time his alcoholic mother dies.
A chance meeting 5years later brings all of those feelings back to the surface. What they can't deny is their chemistry and how good it feels to have someone really see them and accept them for who and what they are.
The journey wasn't easy - no sunshine and rainbows here. It was hard and dark at times, but had its sweet and touching moments. As a reader you'll be drawn in and left feeling raw and heartbroken along with them. There are some amazing life lessons in this book too, if you look a little deeper.
The supporting characters of Lou, Connor and Ezra were well written as well. Even if they didn't see it, Lucas and Gabriel had good friends there keeping an eye on them, even if they weren't privy to the full story.
I would live more from these two, and would love to see some sort of resolution with Gabe and his parents. Regardless I look forward to more from these authors.
I would definitely recommend this book, however be aware if the trigger warnings.