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Homo (SideStreets (Quality))

Homo - Michael Harris I received a copy of this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book, and for very different reasons that I ever expected too. I didn't know anything about this book going in, and in a way I'm glad. I started reading without any sort of expectations, or notions about what this book should be or where it was going to go.I many ways Will is far from a perfect character. He is selfish, cold, distant, uncaring, judgmental, and unsupportive. He pushes his family away, and is pretty horrible to his friends. He becomes involved with an older man who introduces him to hard drugs, and sex. Will's feelings toward this man are pretty mixed, and he understands that he is being used, but fails to end it. He, in short, is a teenager, and it was nice to read such a honest story about the mess those years can be. Will isn't a bad person, but he is making some bad choices in his life. He is so wrapped up in how hard things are for him he fails to see how difficult things are for others, and in the end he is forced to see who his actions, and lack of action have real consequences both in his life, and the lives of others. He learns some hard lessons, and comes out a changed person in the end.I think too often high school stories are this idealized world where the love you have at 16 lasts forever, and sex is always perfect (not that there is anything wrong with that), but it's nice to see the challenges many kids face addressed in a more honest fashion. I think characters like Will encourage us to look at ourselves, and our own actions much more so that any sort of too perfect high school student from another story might.