Title: Trailer Trash
Author Name & Publisher: Marie Sexton (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 – 240 pgs
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.
This is my first book by Marie Sexton, and I will definitely be back for more!Trailer Trash is an emotional roller-coaster that is intelligent, romantic and heart-wrenching.
This is a well-researched and gritty portrayal of the social climate faced by young gay men in the ’80s. It also explores uncomfortable truths about living in extreme poverty. And it’s a reminder of growing up without the conveniences we take for granted today of having relatively anonymous access to important information.
Cody and Nate are very well-developed and lovable characters. Their relationship is rocky but also endearing and hopeful. Cody’s mom is my favorite supporting character in the book. Her story is heartbreaking, but she is a proud and loving mother.
I have one small complaint with this story. I feel the first third is a bit slower than it needs to be. But once it picks up, it’s fantastic!
I highly recommend this for someone looking for a realistic and intelligent romance and coming of age story.
*I received an unedited copy, and my review assumes that the errors will be corrected prior to publication. I received a free copy of this book to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*
Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.