Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wallflower (Rear Enterance Video #2) by Heidi Belleau

I was so excited to receive a copy of Heidi Belleau's book, Wallflower, from Riptide publishing through NetGalley!  The blurb alone for this book was pretty unique.  Here is the cover and the Goodreads blurb:

This gamer geek has a lacy little secret.

Art student and MMORPG addict Robert Ng has always been a loner, but he's recently made it his goal to make more (IRL) friends. Which is how he winds up working nights at Rear Entrance Video, shilling sketchy porn and blowup dolls as a favor to his roommate. The longer he works there, though, the more he realizes he’ll never be truly happy until he becomes the person he is online: his female persona, Bobby.

Bobby is cuter and funnier than Rob is, and a thousand times more popular with boys. Becoming Bobby IRL presents its own set of challenges, though . . . especially when you're sitting on the fence between two genders, only one of which has caught the attention of your seriously cute customer/classmate.

Dylan Ford is a six-foot Inuit comic book artist who always says what’s on his mind, and screw anyone who doesn't like it. As rough as he appears, though, Dylan has a soft spot for Rob. But will out-and-proud Dylan still want Rob if he's not all man?
I loved this book!  I was drawn in by the blurb about the artsy nerd kid but the best part ended up being watching Rob's transformation from Rob gay boy to Bobby genderqueer person.  He is not looking to transition physically into a woman.  He is not a girl on the inside all the time.  Rob likes the power he feels in the female clothes but he is totally happy with his status as male.  He has to come to terms with what it means to be straddling the line between the two genders but not a transgendered person.  Dylan is just what Rob wants but how will Dylan react to Bobby?  Can they work through this transition together or will it break them apart?  Wow!  What a ride!  I love the way that Heidi Belleau has written such a wonderful story.  Being genderqueer can be hard for people to understand but she made it easy to get.  I loved so much about this story- I am going to be rereading it in the future for sure.

You can click here to add Wallflower to your Goodreads.  You can purchase a copy of Wallflower on Amazon.  Heidi Belleau can be found on her blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.  I give this book 5 Fairies for a great romance that dealt with gender queer issues in a realistic and appropriate way.  This book is one of my favorites of this year.

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