Title: Fever Pitch
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 339 Pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: Sometimes you have to play love by ear.
Love Lessons, Book 2
Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away.
Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed to school.
Giles Mulder can’t wait to get the hell out of Oak Grove, Minnesota, and off to college, where he plans to play his violin and figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. But when Aaron appears on campus, memories of hometown hazing threaten what he’d hoped would be his haven.
As the semester wears on, their attraction crescendos from double-cautious to a rich, swelling chord. But if more than one set of controlling parents have their way, the music of their love could come to a shattering end.
Warning: Contains showmances, bad parenting, Walter Lucas, and a cappella.
Review: Have you guys ever read a book and thought, this is one of my desert island books? I had that thought when I was reading Fever Pitch. Both times. Fever Pitch is one of the most perfect books I’ve read in a long time. If I were going to a desert island and could only take 5 books with me, this would be one of them. And, if Heidi Cullinan keeps writing books with Walter Lucas in them, then all 5 slots may get filled by her! But, this isn’t Walter’s book – though, thankfully, we get a healthy dose of him throughout – this story is about Aaron and Giles, and I guaranteed you will completely fall for them as well.
Aaron Seavers is having a tough go of things. His life thus far has been ruled by his father’s iron fist, and he has zero enthusiasm about heading off to college. Why bother finding out what life has in store for you when you feel that your entire existence has been decided for you already? But, a chance encounter with high school classmate Giles Mulder changes EVERYTHING.
Giles knows what he wants. To get the hell out of Oak Grove, first of all…but, he also knows that Saint Timothy College is the perfect place for him, and he can’t wait to finally begin his life away from all of the hatred and bullying he has experienced up until now.
When Aaron stumbles his way into the music department at Saint Timothy, he begins to find himself again. The boy that was lost when his parents divorced and he and his mother moved away from his old school and friends, starts to come to life at Timmy, and what a joy it is to watch. He starts to break away from the chains imposed by his father, and to learn that he is not alone, and that it’s ok to chase his dream.
Though Fever Pitch does deal with some pretty dark themes, the take-away is absolutely the joy. The joy one can find through music, through finding good friends and realizing that it’s ok to let them take care of you sometimes, through loving someone, it’s all there. I’m not gonna lie…I found myself getting choked up quite a few times, and even shed a few tears. There were several heartbreakingly beautiful moments in the book, one of them involving Giles’s parents stepping up to take care of Aaron when he needed it. The Mulders are amazing and perfect, though not at all in an unrealistic way. I know how it is to be reading a book and think, c’mon…these characters are TOO perfect, but that is not even remotely the case here. They are simply good people, and fantastic parents, and every single scene with them feels genuine and straight from the heart.
On the flip side of the coin are Aaron’s parents and the Princes. Aaron’s roommate, Elijah Prince, is walking a dangerous line in Fever Pitch. Leading a double-life – one as the falsely repentant son of radical fundamentalist parents, and the other as a young, gay man, turning tricks to try to save up enough money to escape the constant wrath of his folks – is beginning to wear Elijah extremely thin, and it’s only a matter of time before something has to give. You’ll have to read the book to find out how that part of the story arc plays out, and then get ready… because Elijah’s story is next up in the Love Lessons universe!
This book truly has it all: characters you will LOVE… and those you will hate. Moments that will have you laughing, cheering, swooning, fanning yourself, and even needing a few tissues. It showcases humor, love, friendship, loyalty, and at times, really tough life lessons. And, music. Always the music. I can’t say enough about how good Fever Pitch is or how much I love it. It’s a must read. And re-read. A desert island book.
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