151 Days (Tales From Foster High #5), John Goode
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT (G), Series
With just 151 days left until the school year ends, Kyle Stilleno is running out of time to fulfill the promise he made and change Foster, Texas, for the better. But Kyle and his boyfriend, Brad Graymark, have more than just intolerance to deal with. Life, college, love, and sex have a way of distracting them, and they’re realizing Foster is a bigger place than they thought. When someone from their past returns at the worst possible moment, graduation becomes the least of their worries.
I didn’t think he could do it, but John Goode actually wrote a book even more emotional (in my opinion) than End of the Innocence. And that book is 151 Days. If someone had told me before I started, that this was an even harder read than End of the Innocence, I would not have believed them. Honestly, I didn’t think it was possible for these characters to go through more than they already had. But I was wrong, so very wrong.
This book blew me away and left me wondering what could possibly happen next. It was taking all these twists, and I kept hoping things wouldn’t be as bad as they first appeared. But my hopes kept getting shattered the more I read. It was like John Goode was trying to drive me insane while I read this book. Brad had his moments, and Kyle had his. I was never really angry at either of them. I got annoyed with Brad at one point, and my mind brought me to another possibility about what was going on with Kyle. But there were times when reading this that I stopped and really thought about how things were going for these two. I worried about them and about how they would make it through the hurdles they were faced with. And some of them were pretty big ones. I can’t say much more because it will spoil this for people who won’t be able to read it for a while. But let me warn you, it will possibly frustrate you and make you angry, and then you’ll be left holding your breath, waiting for things to get better.
Unlike the other books, we get more than Kyle and Brad’s POV’s in this. Personally, I liked that in this book. It all flowed really well and it kinda added something that you don’t normally get in a first person book, or any book really.
This book brought me on a journey, and while I loved Kyle and Brad’s journey, I was also engrossed in Robbie’s as well. He is a character I have grown to love, but I don’t know if I could stomach his story. There was a point in this book (if I were a crier) that I would have bawled and sobbed. His story with Riley was just… I think it would have broken me to read more about him here, it was just so emotional. But here, where you could watch him grow and heal, it was such a beautiful thing. And the letter? Oh, that letter was possibly one of the hardest things I have ever read. I wanted to hug Robbie (and Kyle, because he’s an emotional guy) and tell him that everything would be okay.
I thought the ending of the book was so perfect. Not only did we see Kyle and Brad look to the future, their future, but we also saw some changes in some of the secondary characters. But not only Robbie. Again, not wanting to give anything away, I will leave people to guess about who those people are, but I will say that I was shocked by one of the characters.
What more can I say? Nothing really. Was there anything I didn’t like about this book? Yes, there was one small thing, something I don’t want to mention because it really wasn’t a big deal. It was only a little thing and most people, probably, won’t be bugged by it like I was. It’s just a little personal preference rather than a flaw in the book. So I can’t really complain (and I don’t want to!) It was an emotional roller-coaster, and a very good one at that. It’s also the last book in the Foster High series. I think I might really miss that place. But on a positive note, there will be more Kyle and Brad!