One Voice: Book One
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.
When I first heard about this book, I was skeptical and excited at the same time. I enjoy menage books, but a YA one? Color me intrigued. Mia Kerick handles the topic absolutely beautifuly. Us Three is wonderful and every teen should read it because of how she talks about bullying, and those that stand by and let it happen. She does an amazing job showing those emotions and expressing them in a way teens get. The style of this book is a bit different than “normal”, but it was very well done and made for an interesting read. Zander’s emails to his brother point out one of the biggest issues most teens face today. They either are bullied, watch or know someone that’s bullied, or participate in some way to prevent becoming the next victim. When Zander talked about what it was like to stand up to the “in crowd” to do the right thing, I think most teens feel that way. Everyone knows bullying is wrong. But doing the right thing and standing up to bullies is harder than it seems. I really like how things turn out at the end. I hate how Casey was treated, but the way the three came together because of it was beautiful. I feel like the situation at the end with the “Queen Bee” should have been handled differently. The perpetrator wasn’t punished appropriately, or the punishment wasn’t as obvious as it should have been. I love how the relationship wasn’t the biggest focus of the story. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!
Four and a half
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships, and she believes that physical intimacy has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.
Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
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