Hello, Sunshines, Thank you for stopping by, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this blog tour for; Finn & Rye & Fireflies by Harry Cook. I can’t wait to share this book with you, but first thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for my complimentary copy, now on to the book, I hope you love it as much as I do.
Finn & Rye & Fireflies by Harry Cook
Genre: Young Adult, M/M Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Ink Road
Release Date: 12th August 2020
“It started with a kiss…as love stories often do. Jesse Andrews had the arms of a Greek god and he was on the track team. The night of our kiss fell on a Friday.”
Then, only a few days later, Fin’s world is turned upside down – and not in a good head-over-heels-in-love way – when Jesse cruelly outs him. An event which ultimately leads to his family leaving town.
But a fresh start isn’t going to change the truth of who Fin is. And it’s not going to stop his sexuality causing everyone all sorts of problems. Everyone, that is, apart from his new best friend Poppy, her girlfriend-in-waiting June, and his new crush Rye… So, while Fin and Rye are enjoying some seriously intimate moonlit moments together, Fin’s parents decide to pack him off to the local ReSouled ‘therapy camp’.
It’s a nightmare – and there’s no easy way out. Can Fin’s squad hatch a plan outrageous enough to spring him before the ‘conversion’ acolytes force him into the straight and narrow?
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2Xv2YBt
Fin & Rye & Fireflies is an emotionally charged, inspirational and beautifully written book, Harry Cook has written a heart-warming coming of age love story that will stay with you for a long time.
At times it isn’t the easiest of reads, there is a deep and heavy feeling that you get from certain scenes, and the prejudice that these young men have to face is real and harsh, and has no place in our world. But it is written in such a way that it isn’t depressing or uncomfortable to read, it just gives the facts and tells the story. And it’s a story that is essential to tell especially with so much darkness in the world we need true love stories of brave young men who are discovering and showing the world who they are and who they want to be. It’s a strong message, one that I think many will be able to relate to and take strength from.
There is a lot of happiness and fun in it too, it has a certain playfulness about it that I really liked. I loved the relationship between Finn and Rye, they are an adorable couple, whenever they are in the same scene together it’s like a lightbulb has been turned on. There is a vulnerable side to them, especially Finn he goes through so much as he tries to find his feet and start being happy, it’s so heartwarming watching as he slowly comes out of his shell and starts to be the person he is.
My only fault with this is that for a relatively short book there is a lot in it and as it is a fairly fast-paced book, it did feel as though certain parts especially the ending flies past without you fully grasp it. I think that the overall plot could have very easily worked as a longer novel so that certain parts didn’t feel so cramped together and the author could have really allowed his talent for story-telling to shine.
But, that is just my opinion, and it takes nothing away from the fact that this is a charming story of true love and genuine friendship and that is what I will be taking away from Finn & Rye & Fireflies.
About the Author
Born in the UK, Harry Cook is an Australian actor and international LGBTQI+ activist. He has starred in major film, TV and theatre productions, including the lead opposite Geena Davis in Accidents Happen. In 2013, at age 22, Harry came out to his fans on YouTube. The video went viral and Harry became front-page news in Australia, the UK and the US. Harry lives in Sydney with his rescued English Bulldog Poppy.