- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 761 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (30 Sept. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0045JL4Q6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #373,443 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the description you think this book is going to deal with sensitive issues, but the description doesn't tell you is the book is going to be a sloppy representation of a teenage relationship, filled with tears (way too many tears, Shawn cries over a simple hug). My main issue with the book, is quite a petty one, I cannot stand the way the author refers to Shawn as "the boy", he refuses to use his actual name, for example "Bobby loved his boy" "The boy was so fragile", this makes me feel very creeped out, I feel like I'm reading about two 5 year olds embracing one another, and to me, that is not an appropriate image.
If you're thinking of buying this book be warned that you will be met with an extremely slow start, an over emphasis on Christianity, and an extremely poor writing style. STAY AWAY!!
I completely fell in love with both Bobby and Shawn, the main characters, and I honestly feel like I've just been through everything with them, the writing is that good. Both the characters were full of depth and very real and I just hoped so much that everything would work out for them in the story.
I loved how the author addressed the issues of Christianity and homosexuality in the book, showing both sides of the argument. There were plenty of moments of joy in the story but some really dark heartbreaking ones too, you are taken on such an emotional roller-coaster, and I challenge you not to cry whilst reading this book, I sobbed my heart out.
Deeply touching, intelligently thought provoking and tragically heartbreaking, with the most lovable characters, this book has it all for me and is absolutely one of the best books I've ever read!
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But I'm glad I had. Wanting to read some M/M fiction, I took the plunge and read the rest of TRUST ME in just over two days. I cannot begin to tell how deeply this beautiful book touched me. In some ways, it's reminiscent of an indie movie that came out years ago called LATTER DAYS. In this book, a devout Christian named Shawn Graham falls in love with a bad boy named Bobby Wilder (who's really not such a bad boy considering).
Jeff Erno does an expert job in creating a love between two 15 year old boys both tortured by their sexuality and their unquenchable desire for eachother. The love between them is so strong, so palpable and so believable that it threatens to remind one of how much their own life is lacking. I do not think I have ever been loved as purely and as fiercely and as unconditionally as Bobby and Shawn love each other. But being a bisexual with, sadly, no experience with other males, it saddened me because I wish to God I had a boyfriend like Bobby Wilder when I was 15. Thankfully, the story ends on a happy note after some very potent scares and one wishes these two young, devoted lovers actually existed so they could experience the happiness the author gave them.
If you like gay fiction or even just a sweet story about two young people falling in love despite tremendous odds and formidable opponents, please give TRUST ME a try. It's what I'd consider YA fiction and the prosody won't challenge you. But TRUST ME proves that sometimes a book does not need purple prose to reach into your heart and shake it by making yoiu realize what's truly important in this world: That humans, whether they be gay or straight, ought to love eachother as powerfully, as devotedly and as unconditionally as these two fine young men. May we all be as lucky as Shawn and Bobby.
But when Shawn's religious mother found them in bed together, he was sent to an ex-gay ministry camp for teens, while Bobby thought Shawn had simply left town because he no longer wanted to be together. Shawn had to recover not just from the ordeal of the camp, but an episode of abuse when he was twelve, and the pressure continued to overwhelm the young man, who no longer had Bobby to rely upon.
Ermo provides an ambitious and well-written story about reconciling sexuality and religion, self-respect and coming-out to parents. Some may be uncomfortable with the detailed passages of sexual activity between two fifteen year-olds, done positively and realistically, but it never crosses the line to become sexually explicit. My only critique is that it skirts the fringes of reality and gets a bit "over the top" at times, and some of the trite and clinical dialogue between the boys would induce chronic eye-rolling in readers close to their age. Overall, well done, and four stars out of five.
- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
Erno dives deep into themes of identity and sexuality, the struggles that gay teenagers go through with their peers, and family members. And in Shawn's case, the added struggle of trying to navigate his sexuality in the face of his strict religious beliefs. The difficulty Shawn has with reconciling his religious beliefs with not just his sexual identity, but his individuality, is another one of the book's strengths, and something I think is relatable whether or not the reader is religious.
That's not to say Trust Me doesn't have its faults. My biggest hurdle with the story is what feels like "narrator insertion." The story is told in third person, which allows Erno to tap into both Shawn and Bobby's stories, but also to provide the omniscient third person perspective. While this voice is usually fairly affective and manages to capture the feelings of both boys, there are also quite a number of times when it seems to be directly addressing the reader rather than fit into the flow of the story. For example, the narrator will state Shawn's perceived shortcomings are quite the opposite, and that an important step for him is learning to love himself. While the reader can gleam things like this for himself, the third person narrator tends to make a point of repeatedly summarizing and encouraging the characters. I believe this stems from Erno's desire to make a connection with his audience, and bridge the gap between the reader and the protagonists, but it does come off as a little "preachy." I'm totally on board with the messages, but I think the story would read a bit more smoothly without such a heavy narrator presence.
I also felt the relationship blossomed between Shawn and Bobby way too quickly. Though I believe they were really everything to one another, I felt like their union was brought on too quickly. Then the section where they explored their love emotionally and physically did seem to drag on without a lot of drama going on. It was interesting, and of course, I loved to see them both happy, but I would have liked a little more build-up between them.
Still, when the drama began to re-enter the story and the seams of what appeared to be a perfect relationship began to tear, I was emotionally invested in both Shawn and Bobby. For Erno to be able to create characters that the reader cares about until the very end is an amazing feat, so I commend him on that!
I've definitely been inspired by this book, and the messages that he sought out to portray, I think he did so with flying colors. The writing was a bit overdramatic at parts, a bit preachy at others, but you will fall in love with both Shawn and Bobby. And being able to connect so deeply with these characters is what will make this book such an enjoyable read.
First off, there is nothing I didn't like about the book, from the cover to the periodic erotic scenes, to (what was for me) a tear-jerking ending. Making me chuckle, I did find a few phrases, such as "my bad", out of sync with the era, and a couple of inconsistencies in a hospital scene, but overall, the text and context editing was very good. Though there were times I found some descriptions of characters and emotions near repetitive, where a condensed version might have served the story better, I cannot say any portion of the book was dull. There were times I truly had difficulty putting the book down to periodically let my eyes rest. Once I entered the final quarter of the book, I didn't put it down--it was that good!
Now, let me get personal. Jeff Erno states, "Although a work of fiction, many of my characters were inspired by and/or based upon the personalities of many real-life people I've known." I have to wonder how many of his situational details were also life-inspired, because a few of them seemed so real; I had to cry, for the character, the author, and this reader. That's a good thing, because even this 60+ gay and retired man found much to relate to in this story. Don't be dissuaded, because there were far more fun and funny moments to relish. I wish this kind of story had been available to me when I was young. It is uplifting, hopeful, and potentially educating for young men exploring their own sexual identities. I was attracted by the cover, sold by the free sample on Amazon.com, and thoroughly pleased to have fully read "Trust Me". I suspect you will want your own copy. I wish mine was author-signed!
J.V. Petretta is author of "An Impossible Dream Story", also available through Goodreads and Amazon.com.
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