Admittedly, there are some serious issues with this work. Firstly, it is not original - following the storyline of the movie 'Shelter' very closely (arguably too closely for comfort). Secondly, the main character engages in protracted internal debates which can sometimes come across almost as unedited streams of consciousness that jump around in time and perspective. No doubt some readers will really struggle with this.
However, despite that, I found this to be a complex and touching story of a young man trying to come to some understanding of himself while dealing with difficult external circumstances. For me, the writing style conveyed the messy internal struggle of the main character (Bear) rather well. Essentially, Bear doesn't have the words to convey his thoughts or emotions clearly, so the reader is given the full view of the "internal catastrophe" and comes to understand him through that. The remainder of the central characters are also well-developed and charming in their own ways - the 'kid' in particular is funny and as cute as can be. Although the pacing is at times a little slow, there is plenty of heart-wrenching drama to keep the story moving along and the reader waiting desperately to see what happens.
Overall, if you like character-driven MM romances with a feel-good factor, this is certainly one of the better ones on offer. Recommended.