Blurb: Sometimes it doesn’t take much, only a kind word will do.
Andreas’ sister wished she’d noticed the signs before their dad hanged himself rather than recognise them once he was gone. Andreas is pretty sure he’s seeing the same signs in Alex, a bloke he’s had his eyes on for some time.
Alex is either bullied or ignored at school. Even worse, Andreas’ best friend, Glenn, is one of the loudest bullies. He can’t stand Alex—and he makes sure everyone knows it.
But Glenn’s feelings don’t deter Andreas, especially not now, when he’s seeing signs in Alex he never saw years ago in his father. He’s not going to wait for the inevitable to happen. He’s approaching Alex—and he’s going to save his life.
Adrian isn’t looking for a boyfriend. He’s focused on school and social situations make him anxious. When his mother encourages him to make a friend and be more outgoing, he takes a chance at a party. It doesn’t live up to expectations. His classmates ignore him and the alcohol tastes bad. Worse? Oliver finds him moping in the bathroom.
Oliver, the class clown and know-it-all, might grate Adrian’s last nerve, but he’s the only one paying Adrian any attention. Not only does Oliver flirt him into a bedroom, he charms Adrian’s pants off. Adrian loses his virginity to a man he doesn’t even like and in the morning his anxiety spirals into full panic. They didn’t use protection and popular-with-everyone Oliver insists they need to get tested.
Adrian is sure this isn’t the kind of friendship his mother meant and he tries to distance himself. But it turns out Oliver’s brash personality is just a mask to hide his own insecurities and family embarrassments. Adrian can relate. Oliver may be a know-it-all, yet Adrian can’t abandon him. Besides, they still need their test results. But how can the popular kid be friends with him when Adrian doesn’t want to come out of his shell?