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The Locker Room Paperback – 22 Apr 2011
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The first book I found of Amy's was Keeping Promise Rock and as soon as I had finished that I went looking for more of her work. I have to say I bypassed The Locker Room on more than one sweep through her works listed on Amazon and why? Well honestly it was the cover it was a big turn off. It had me thinking of frat boys and animal house and comic book goings on and thats just not the kind of book that interests me.
But Gods the book is so much more than that! Its actually a story of survival, and a growing love, and trying to fit in in a closed off society where same sex partnerships are cruely discriminated against.
Xander is a child living by his wits in a dump of a house with his junkie mother and whichever man she is hooked up with at the time. He's gentle, he's starving and all he has to distract his rumbling stomach and lonely thoughts is his basketball.
Chris has a good life, his mother and father work hard and give him and his sister all the love and support that they can. A chance meeting when Chris's mother is a little later picking him up has the two boys playing ball and the chemistery is right there between them. They move well together, read each other as though they have known each other for years and Xander is taken home to the boys house and the friendship begins.
Being a Scot I really don't know a lot about basketball apart from you have to be really tall but all the technical stuff about the game in the book wasn't hard to follow because it was all intermixed with what was going on in the boys lives.
Chris's family helps Xander survive through school and through hard work and determination the boy gets a scholarship to play basketball and he and Chris head off to college. They play like a dream on the court and pull their team to the top and then both boys are offered a professional contract and their lives start falling apart. Not because they don't love each other but because of the strain of trying to hide the fact that the two of them are a couple. And the nastiness just piles on and on ..................
I won't say any more its a book you have to read to its conclusion and you won't be sorry you do if you love m/m romance.
This review contains **Spoilers**
As far as the contents of the cover are concerned, a magnificent book, and for me, on a par with Amy Lane's other brilliant book 'Sidecar', to which I've also given a 5* review. Xander & Chris have been together and in love since they were 14. As the formative years of Xan's life were so horrific (mum's drugs and general couldn't give-a-toss attitude, violence and so much hunger), once he'd met Chris, all he wanted were Chris and basketball. As they grew up, and continued to play B/B, they tried to date girls (even sleeping with them) in an effort to conform to sports general outlook as a whole (be manly and lots of groupies are OK), to avert suspicion away from themselves (Chris' family and close friends were 'in the know' and were cool with it). However, it started to take a toll on the 2 guys; Chris began to drink heavily as he tried to maintain the charade, and unfortunately Xander's nightmares from his childhood (of being locked in a box) began to worsen and he also started getting an ulcer - please bear in mind that by this time, the guys had been together and in love as a couple for a lot longer than most modern-day marriages, in fact they thought of themselves as married. When they eventually returned to Sacramento to play for their team (their hometown), things were fine at first until the coach was changed, and a really homophobic moron arrived, whose every other word was extremely derogatory, and as he noticed that they seemed to be together all the time, picked on them incessantly. He discovered them kissing in the locker room (hence the title) on the one occasion when they'd decided that they couldn't continue the charade any longer and were going to 'out' themselves. Overnight, Chris was transferred to a team 1000 miles away, and Xander was left in their huge house to confront his worsening nightmares alone. Luckily, Chris' sister Penny and a couple of 'stray' girls who were friends of the boys moved in, which obviously helped Xander, but Chris was then left alone in Denver, drinking more by the day. This of course eventually resulted in a car accident which meant that Chris was unable to continue playing B/B, indeed, was lucky to get away with his life. As Xander continued to try and get Sacramento to the play-offs (with Chris' wish that Xander play for himself and not the team), Chris slowly recovered sufficiently enough to be able to be airlifted back to California, and continue his rehabilitation in their own home, complete with nursing staff etc., Xander then decided that he no longer had a problem announcing to the world that they were gay (as it no longer meant anything to keep it a secret because Chris could no longer play). This lead to Barbara Walters, American chat show host extraordinaire apparently, visiting their home and getting an interview that finally put their side of their story. At this point, Xander was still none the wiser as to whether he could continue playing for Sacramento, as no-one from the club had been in touch since the interview, but there were no rules in B/B's book to say that a gay person couldn't play, and as Xander was the heart and soul of the team (as well as their best player), they needed him, and the book ended with a phone call.
The only minor niggle I had with the book was that as both of the guys had tats done at 18 featuring rings and each other's names (in place of actually wearing each other's ring), I would have thought that their secret would have been discovered much, much earlier than it was, I mean don't they shower after a game? Maybe they showered at home? I have to admit to shedding quite a few tears during the reading of this book, that's how much I enjoyed it and got so involved in the characters. I'll readily hold my hands up and confess that to me B/B is just a 'souped up' version of netball (which I hated as it was so boring) and I do not understand it, but the book was tremendous, and I'll read it again and again. Many thanks Amy.
Second, this is a most unexpected beautifully written drama, so heartrending it made me ache for the two protagonists. Intense, and my heart was in my mouth throughout. This is a very rare find today in gay literature where every Tom at every street corner is an 'e-writer', pouring out poor stories by the gallons, their literary efforts usually leaving one irritated, disappointed, embarrassed and unfulfilled. This book is different, you've got to read this book. It is so heartbreakingly beautiful.
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