In the much-anticipated sequel to Go Your Own Way, high school seniors Lennox McAvoy and Will Osborne pick up right where they left off—navigating the tumultuous waters of a new relationship and dealing with Will’s disapproving father.
When a violent incident forces Lennox to give up his independent ways, he must come to terms with his past just as Will is grappling with his future. As Will’s college plans become reality, will Lennox have the courage to go after the opportunities he doesn’t think he deserves?
This was a great sequel to Go Your Own Way. It picks up right where the first book ends and continues Lennox and Will’s journey together. I enjoyed getting to see how they continue to overcome not only typical teen problems, but also big ones that are unique to their situation and experiences. We get to see so much more of Lennox’s past which was wonderful to see the events and people that shaped who he is now. We also learn more about Will and his relationship with his dad, mom, and stepmom. I loved seeing both Lennox and Will grow as young men and tackle their impending graduation and typical teen hormones. How Lennox is his same brash over the top self but is tempered slightly. How Will still wants Lennox to succeed but is less pushy about it and has a broader view of what that means.
There were parts of the book that dragged a bit for me. The plot line with Will and his stepmom felt unfinished. While it does seem to be done on purpose, it was the one thing that could have easily been solved in this book and didn’t need to be extended into the third book in the series. The book was a bit heavier on the sex than the first. It makes sense because horny teenage boys being horny and their relationship is more developed and stable in this book versus the second. I would have preferred some of the sex for sex sake to be fade to black than on page. Many of the sex scenes did have a purpose for developing Lennox and Will.
I really like how the relationship between Lennox and Will’s dad progressed in the story. I don’t want to give away too much but I cheered out loud at the scene with Lennox, Ben, Karen, Will and a police station. It was the perfect example of how things between Lennox and Ben are going to go. I can’t wait to see how these two grow in the third book.
There is enough hope and solidity in the ending that you know Lennox and Will are going to do whatever it takes to stay together and love each other deeply. However there is still so much unknown and things hanging over their heads that third book is needed to ensure these two are truly going to make it. While I adore Lennox and Will and would love many more books with them and their future together; I kind of want a firmer happy ending at the end of the next book in the series. I want to see how they’re going to make it and know for a fact anything put in their way won’t break them apart.
We are privileged to have both Will and Lennox join us today. They are discussing their essays about what comes next, after the finish high school. I adore these two and love they’re looking ahead. Read and enjoy!
“After high school I am going to… suck Will’s dick.”
“You can’t write an essay about that,” Will said told Lennox. He didn’t even glance up from his own final essay about his plans after high school. This was easy compared to every other assignment from this year. Write two pages and get a last, easy A.
“Sure I can. Watch me. I’m sure he’ll love getting some porn turned into him.”
“First, I will suck him off in the locker room…”
“And then probably again in the locker room when he’s in that cute baseball outfit that hugs his butt…”
Will looked over at Lennox sprawled out on his bed. He was on his back, pen in hand as he pretended to write in the air.
“Just talk about our summer plans or something. Write big. Or use lots of adjectives. Just finish it so we can—”
“Well, yeah, we can after dinner, but I want to walk Oyster and go for a swim. Maybe see a movie in town.”
Lennox rolled onto his stomach and picked at his open notebook. Even from his desk, Will could tell that the page was blank. He closed his own finished essay and joined Lennox on the bed. They elbowed each other playfully for a few moments before Will spoke.
“You don’t have to write anything serious. You can just make up a bunch of stuff if you want.”
Lennox twirled his pen between his fingers. “What did you write about?”
“Going to New York for college in a few months. Mostly it’s just me gushing about the city and spending the summer with you.”
“And sex. Lots and lots of sex.”
“I save discussion of that for you actually,” Will said. “So? What are you going to write about?”
Lennox shrugged. “Summer I guess. I don’t know much about Boston, but it’ll be nice to see Lucy in August. Can we go to that trail you always talk about? The one with the views?”
“You mean Skyline Drive?” Will smiled when Lennox nodded. “Definitely. I’m sure Dad and Karen are already planning a trip since we didn’t get to go last fall. You’re going to love it.”
“And I can talk about all the music I’m working on,” Lennox said, looking inspired. He flipped to the back of his notebook and showed Will the millions of music notes scribbled out. “I can write two pages about that. Maybe… maybe talk about trying to visit my sister some time.”
Will kissed his cheek and rested his forehead against Lennox’s. “You’ll see her again. Your grandfather won’t be able to keep you two apart forever.”
“I know. I mean, I know that now.” Lennox started to write down everything they’d mentioned. “So I still get to mention sucking your dick, right? Because I think Mr. Lorren would get a real kick out of that.”
“As long as you mention I told you not to put that in your essay. I’m not getting any more detention because of you.”
“Aw, but shouldn’t we end this year how we started?”
“Does that mean I get to slap you across the face again?”
Lennox frowned. “Okay, maybe not. Fine. I’ll leave it in the bedroom. Happy?”
“With you? Definitely.”
The band room was empty when he pushed the door open, but the piano was set up like it was almost every afternoon these days. Only Mr. Robinette and a music stand littered with sheet music was absent.
The silence struck Lennox as odd, but as he sat down he also realized how strange it was to announce himself. So much had changed since the first time he’d snuck in here to play on his own. Now he was auditioning for some college he still couldn’t fathom.
To make Will happy. And maybe a little bit for himself.
“Ah, I wondered if you were going to show up.”
Mr. Robinette was behind him, the door to his office now wide open. He’d taken off his tie and undone a few buttons on his shirt like he did most afternoons when they practiced.
“You just want to play it through a few times or mess around with something else?”
Lennox took a seat at the piano, but didn’t both opening his bag. He’d memorized the piece he was playing by Valentine’s Day and now, almost two weeks later, he could write it out measure for measure on blank sheet music. But playing it was becoming repetitive. For two hours, three times a week, almost nonstop with the same four pages and nothing else.
“I’d rather try something new. That piece is getting a little old.”
Mr. Robinette smiled and pulled a chair up beside him. “I had a nightmare the other night and it was the theme song while I ran around a haunted house Scooby Doo style.”
“You didn’t catch a ride in the Mystery Machine, did you? I’ve always wanted that van.”
“I’ve got a lunch box version of it. It doesn’t fit much though because it’s too narrow. Anyway, play what you want. I’ll be here until about four-thirty, so it’s all yours.”
As Mr. Robinette returned to his office, Lennox pulled what had become his music notebook out of his bag and opened it to the latest page. He’d taken to composing during class when he should have been taking notes, especially calculus where he had no reason to pay attention anyway.
The latest page was a tune he’d come up with while the other kids had been tapping their pencils and erasing answers. Every moment of his life carried a rhythm, a melody, and an emotion he could create with, and his notebook was becoming a testament to that. He played through everything he’d jotted down over the past few days, but after several rounds he kept coming back to one. It was a piano version he’d tried—and mostly failed—to create of one of the songs Will had played on a loop a few weeks ago.
“I’m getting ready to lock up!”
Mr. Robinette’s voice carried out of the office and into the band room. A few minutes and several jingles of Mr. Robinette’s keys later, the office door was shut and Lennox was closing the cover on the keys.
“That last piece you were playing, was it a cover?”
Lennox shrugged as they headed for the door.
“It was supposed to be. Didn’t sound much like the song.”
“Well, the others did. They were all really good, even the ones that weren’t covers.”
Lennox watched him at the door to the parking lot for a moment. He’d been a great help over the last month—all year if Lennox was honest. Mr. Robinette had believed in him in his own way since school had begun, and thanks to him he had a decent shot at this audition.
“Thanks for… all of this. I actually feel like—just thanks.”
Mr. Robinette gave him a genuine smile and patted him on the shoulder.
“You’re very welcome. Let me know how it goes when you get back, okay? I’m rooting for you. Got all of my fingers and limbs crossed. You deserve the chance. Don’t doubt that or yourself.”
It was funny to have so many people believing in him after so long. Happiness was a strange feeling as well. Until he’d let Will into his life he couldn’t remember how to capture such a feeling in his chest and keep it there.
Zane Riley is a transgender writer who wrote his first work of fan fiction in the fourth grade. He is a recent transplant to Vancouver, Washington where he spends his time watching long distance baseball games, hiking, and exploring the musical depths of the internet. His first novel, Go Your Own Way, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.
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