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In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school. Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way.
No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united. If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.
I am truly conflicted with how to review/rate this book and I am not sure why. This is my first book from Mia Kerick and it could be that we don’t mesh well. I don’t know. The story was good, I was curious how three boys in high school would develop into a ménage and I will say I like how they came together; it was natural and just who they were.
The story is told from each POV; Casey, Nate and Zander, though each one was extremely different it gave you a feeling for each boy and yet it took me out of the story a few times, I will admit. I would get settled into one point of view, say Casey’s which is told in the first person to have to switch to Nate’s via his journal, to flip over and get Zander in his emails to his older brother. Like I said, I liked getting each boy’s take on the story but I would get lost in one POV to go to another to read the same scene I had just read and attempt to get comfortable again. I had to stop and adjust too many times to get a good flow with the story and that is a very personal thing for me in my reading.
Our sexuality is ours. We shouldn’t have to hide it.
I enjoyed the boys and their relationship. I am a sucker for a friends to lovers and enemies to lover’s story and we got both in a way with this threesome. Their coming together as “Us Three” was beautiful to read and was believable even for their young age. Each boy brought a different dynamic and who you thought would be the aggressor or the tender one was turned each time they came together. It was lovely to see them become a ménage.
The bullying was hard to read. Though I am a married woman and mother in my late 30’s, what was done to me at a young age would be called bullying now. It is an awful thing to have happen to you and a horrific thing to watch being done and have to control to stop it. The torment was via every source these girls could get to someone who was simply trying to live his life and be his true self was sickening. It turned my stomach and that last scene, I had to take a break after reading it. Though the bullying was a tough read; the ideas that sprang from it and how the boys worked together on how to deal with it.
The end felt rushed to me and that it was solved extremely quickly for all that had gone down. I was shocked when I read the last page, not realizing it was the end. I thought there would be more or that there would be some sort of epilogue to let us know what happened after that.
In the end, I did like Us Three and I will try another story from the author and see how it goes.
*note* If there is anything I will take away from this and pass on it would be this quote. It says so much and I wish it would be engrained in each and every human being’s conscience.
Almost everybody was guilty of either harassing the fuck out of him, watching others harass the fuck out of him, or pretending they didn’t see everybody harassing the fuck out of him. None of our noses were clean in this.