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Release Blitz: Why Can’t Freshman Summer Be Like Pizza? by Andy V. Roamer

Why Can’t Freshman Summer Be Like Pizza? | Andy V. Roamer

The Pizza Chronicles #2

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Publisher: Nine Star Press

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Release Date: June 1, 2020

Heat Rating: 0 flames 

Length: 50,000 words/ 208 pages

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Blurb

RV, having successfully completed his freshman year at the demanding Boston Latin School, is hoping for a great summer. He’s now fifteen years old and is looking forward to sharing many languid summer days with his friend Bobby, who’s told him he has gay feelings, too. But life and family and duties for a son of immigrant parents makes it difficult to steal time away with Bobby.

RV has to work at his father’s friend’s garage and help his father get ready for his upcoming citizenship test. Bobby, too, has pressures. His father also pushes him to work at a summer job so he spends whatever little extra time he has practicing skills necessary to make Latin’s varsity football team. On top of everything, RV’s best friend Carole goes away for the summer, jumping at an opportunity to spend it with her father in Paris.

Luckily for RV, there is always Mr. Aniso, RV’s Latin teacher to talk to, whenever RV is lonely. He’s also there for RV when RV inadvertently spills one of Bobby’s secrets and Bobby is so angry at him RV is afraid he is ready to cut off the friendship.

RV, now fifteen years old, tries to enjoy his summer between freshman and sophomore years in high school, as he navigates his sexual feelings, his summer job, and his immigrant parents’ efforts at gaining US citizenship.

Warning: gun violence, racial slurs, sexual assault (on page)

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Excerpt

We sat there in silence. Was the gay stuff a big deal or wasn’t it? I couldn’t answer that question, but I had to respect Bobby’s wishes. I told myself I didn’t know the first thing about what it was like to be a football player, so I had to follow Bobby’s lead.

Bobby’s hand rested on the ground and I placed mine on top of his. It was my way of telling him I would keep his promise. And maybe more. Sitting there, with my hand on top of his, made me believe a little more that things would turn out all right. That he and I together could fight whatever crap the world might throw at us.

“It’s okay, Bobby,” I murmured. “We’ll still find time for us. And you’ll figure things out.”

Bobby took my hand and gave it a little squeeze—his way, I hope, of telling me he agreed with me. But I could see his mind was still on the coming summer he might not have.

So I didn’t say anything more. We sat there quietly, just looking out at Boston through the trees, lost in our own thoughts.

We sat in silence for a long time and finally realized it was getting late when some lights started to come on in the distance.

Bobby was still looking a little sad, so I had to try one more time. “I love these long, languid summer evenings,” I said, throwing in my favorite word of the moment. “Don’t the lights turning on make you feel like life is good. That magic is still possible?”

A grin appeared back on Bobby’s face. “Languid? Where did you get that word, RV?”

“I don’t know. I just like it.”

“I like it too.” Bobby removed his hand from my hand but then patted it instead. “You and your words, RV,” he said smiling. “Keep ’em coming.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes. I like them.”

“Really?”

“Really.”

We sat there for a long time, enjoying the languid summer evening. In that moment, it seemed as if magic was really possible. One way or another we’d be able to solve whatever problems might come our way.

Why Can’t Life Be Like Pizza?

About the Author

Andy V. Roamer grew up in the Boston area and moved to New York City after college. He worked in book publishing for many years, starting out in the children’s and YA books division and then wearing many other hats.

This is his first novel about RV, the teenage son of immigrants from Lithuania in Eastern Europe, as RV tries to negotiate his demanding high school, his budding sexuality, and new relationships. He has written an adult novel, Confessions of a Gay Curmudgeon, under the pen name Andy V. Ambrose.

To relax, Andy loves to ride his bike, read, watch foreign and independent movies, and travel.

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A stunning return to the Unbreakable Bonds setting

Fracture (Unbreakable Bonds #6)Fracture by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There aren’t enough stars available to properly rate this book. It’s always a risk to step back into a beloved world which had wrapped up its initial story arc and left no loose ends.

But Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have come up with a second story for Snow and Jude which is utterly gripping, and just as fast-paced as the original Shatter, which gave us their initial romance.

This time the focus is on Jude’s youngest brother who is the start point for an all-action adventure which sees Snow and Jude’s relationship tested to the max.

Everything about this book worked for me. Everything. Snow and Jude are beyond hot together, they’re bound together by love, they’re determined to be there for each other no matter what and this narrative pushes them to the limits.

And OMG the code words – this time picked by Jude. Once again these authors know when to bring a light touch to the darkness and Rowe and Noah’s antics give me life.

There’re also guest appearances from many of our favourite Ward Security staff members just to keep the action flowing and it made my heart skip as each one arrived on the page.

Absolutely loved it. Also not who I was expecting for Book Five in the Ward Security series so really looking forward to reading that one too!

Now, if Rowe and Noah happen to be next on the list for a revisit, well that would just make my year 🙂

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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