Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Omorphi by C. Kennedy

by C. Kennedy
Published September 19th 2013 by Harmony Ink Press, DreamspinnerPress
Formats Available: .epub, .mobi, html, pdf, Paperback

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. He’s a star athlete, has great friends, and parents who love him just the way he is. What’s missing from his life is a boyfriend. That’s a problem because he’s out only to his parents and best friend. When Michael accidentally bumps into Christy Castle at school, his life changes in ways he never imagined. Christy is Michael’s dream guy: smart, pretty, and sexy. But nothing could have prepared Michael for what being Christy's boyfriend would entail.

Christy needs to heal after years of abuse and knows he needs help to do it. After the death of his notorious father, he leaves his native Greece and settles in upstate New York. Alone, afraid, and left without a voice, Christy hides the myriad scars of his abuse. He desperately wants to be loved and when he meets Michael, he dares to hope that day has arrived. When one of Michael’s team-mates becomes an enemy and an abuser from Christy’s past seeks to return him to a life of slavery, only Michael and Christy's combined strength and unwavering determination can save them from the violence that threatens to destroy their future together.

The first time I saw the book cover, I was immediately captivated by the Greek word Omorphi or beautiful. The model on that cover IS a beautiful individual. What made me hesitate to read the book was the blurb and I thought it was just another one of those things. Then it became a bestseller, then the book for the month of October. If those were not enough to convince me, someone (you know who you are SMN) hinted that this was such an excellent book I should not miss out on. 

This was simply beautiful. I never thought this was such a huge book in terms of sensitive material and length. There were so many things going on and yet they all pointed to one thing: the survival of the abused.

Christy is such a survivor. No one ever dreamed he would survive the torture he went through for fourteen years. The gradual revelations of the hell he endured, the PTSD he was suffering from, his need to live outside the confines of a cell and to simply play. 

Christy never played. 

This was for me, the saddest and most excruciating part of the book. When he does get to play, it was like he had no idea why he could play. 

Then he literally runs into Michael. This boy comes from such a privileged family environment who many in this situation take for granted. They have a roof over their heads, they eat three or more times in a day, they have a loving and supporting family, has a best friend from infancy, has great grades, is captain of the Track Team in his high school, is great looking. Last but not least, Michael plays!

Who would ever think that these two would hit it off, but they did. And they just gelled in the best way possible. Michael, using the example of family, was the best support for Christy. Even the psychiatrist recognized their relationship as something very strong and loving.

As the book progressed, we see the bigotry towards kids considered different and towards young gay youth. We also see what illogical and violent actions bullying can do and are, at times, ignored. Nothing in this book spares the readers from the realities of bully and abuse.

By the end of this book, I was just astonished at how this was written. C. Kennedy handled this so well, wrote with such conviction and love. It is an amazing book. Simply amazing.

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