If your reading taste tends to the prudish, you should probably not read Circle by Leon Maldon. If, on the other hand, you are the type reader who can appreciate a genuinely written story of the anguish and angst of being a teenager, with all the problems of self-identification and group identity that accompanies this most turbulent period of life, you just might enjoy it.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. While there were a few formatting issues with the Kindle version, and one or two places where editing would have caught typos, none of this detracted from a well-crafted story.
CJ Mitchell is a high school student grappling with issues of friendship and his own sexuality. He is dating Hannah, the school bully, and Hannah doesn’t like his best friend, Clayton. CJ knows that Clayton has a secret—one that CJ’s sister, Iris, seems to know—and, he also knows that he is conflicted when it comes to his own feelings for Clayton. The main setting for the story is a trip to Six Flags amusement park where CJ’s choir is traveling for a competition. During the trip, CJ comes face to face with his feelings, and the knowledge of his own sexuality. Events force him to eventually acknowledge who he really is.
Although billed as a spicy story, I found it to be tastefully written, and the author digs deep into the emotions of the characters. Regardless of your views on sexual orientation, you will be able to identify with the torturous path teens must navigate on the way to maturity.
I give Circle three stars for a competently written story.