“Lock and West” by Alexander Eberhart— An Emotional Story

Eberhart, Alexander C. “Lock & West”, 7 Sisters Publishing, 2019. An Emotional Story Amos Lassen Lock is an awkward guy. He is unable to make eye contact, gets nervous easily and has to remind himself several times a day how ‘normal’ teens behave.  He has been homeschooled for most of his life and his resigned himself to a friendless existence at his new Atlanta high school. West has everything.  He is good looking, has talent and money but he also has secrets. He harbors a pain that is buried so deep that a million therapists have not been able to get to it and West is determined to keep it that way. He’s an actor and he can act normal. Locke’s  and West’s lives are equal but opposite and the universe just keeps throwing obstacles in their path. Every time they are together they find it harder to say goodbye, harder to keep their secrets and harder not to lean on each other. What they need to do to keep this relationship going is to stop trying to re-write the past and start to understand out how to build a future together.  Here is a novel that plays with the emotions and there are intense moments in this book. We have quite a look at sexual assault that is intense. We also read about eating disorders. This is a beautifully written novel with wonderful LGBT representation and accurate portrayals of various mental health and social issues. Writer Alexander Eberhart has the ability to make us feel everything his characters feel and some of it is quite disturbing.

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