“Trouble & the Wallflower” by Kade Boehme— Making Friends

trouble and the wallflower

Boehme, Kade. “Trouble & the Wallflower”, Dreamspinner Press, 2013.

Making Friends

Amos Lassen

Davy Cooper was raised in near seclusion and has no social skills. With the death of his mother, he needs to make friends but does not know how. He sees Gavin Walker and finds himself drawn to him—Gavin is sexy, exudes self-confidence and badness. He intimidates Davy and even though Gavin gives him the opportunity to hook up by passing him his telephone number (more than once), Davy throws it away every time.

Gavin even defends Davy when a rude guy starts with him and this was Davy’s chance to finally warm up to him. Because he has never had friends before, Davy does not really know how to read people but he finally begins to warm up to him. However, he feels that there are too many dissimilarities between the two and is sure that anything more than a friendship is doomed.

Even though it is not his fault, Davy has suffered from social anxiety but he does manage to bring himself around. He is the kind of character that we can identify with—he wants what he does not have but does not know how to get it.

Gavin is an art student, loves to party and is sexually free. He is instantly attracted to Davy and openly flirts with him and even when Davy is not interested, Gavin persists.  Kade Boehme does a unique with the character of Gavin. When we first meet him we are just not sure of how we feel about him because he have already identified with Davy. Gavin seems to be much of a likeable person but as the story moves forward, we change our opinion of him and love him as well. The party boy actually becomes a guy who hides behind the persona he has built for himself. We see that he is really okay and we all begin to hope that he and Davy will be a good couple.

Davy begins with a disadvantage because of the way his mother had raised him—he lacks social skills and he does not know how to deal with Gavin at first. It is not until he sees a different Gavin that he realizes, as does the reader, which there is something behind the façade he throws up.

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