Vintage by Steve Berman

This is a most unusual story but it is one of the best coming of age stories I have read.  It includes a young goth homosexual coming to terms with his identity in a small town that he has just moved to after his parents disowned him for his sexuality.  In this town, he discovers who he is and what life is really all about.  He finds unconditional love, acceptance, and a ghost.  I cannot reveal much more because I certainly do not want to ruin the book for anyone.  What I will tell you is that it is wonderfully descriptive, the characters are three dimensional and dynamic.  The sense of emotion through the book is strong, real, and at times bewildering.  There is enough of the macabre to satisfy anyone interested in a darker side of things but plenty of hope for the more conservative.  It is simply an excellent read for both young adults and adults. Five stars!

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