End of the Innocence (Tales from Foster High (Young Adult ) #4), John Goode
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre: YA, Contemporary, High School, Series
Kyle Stilleno is no longer the invisible boy, and he doesn’t quite know how he feels about it. On one hand, he now has a great boyfriend, Brad Greymark, and a handful of new friends, and even a new job. On the other hand, no one screamed obscenities at him in public when he was invisible.
No one expected him to become a poster boy for gay rights, either—at least not until Kyle stepped out of the closet and into the limelight. But there are only a few months of high school left, and Kyle doubts he can make a difference.
With Christmas break drawing closer, Kyle and Brad are changing their lives to include each other. While the trials are far from over, they have their relationship to lean on. Others are not so lucky. One of their classmates needs their help—but Kyle and Brad’s relationship may be too new to survive the strain.
End of the Innocence is the best Tales from Foster High book yet. I am really surprised, but I shouldn’t be because John Goode is an amazing author. This book was a tragedy in a lot of ways but not everything is perfect in real life. Kyle’s character became almost an idol for me in this book, and that is not something I say easily.
Kyle and Brad went through such a journey in this story. They didn’t really have an easy time, even if they deserved it after the struggles they already faced. I’m not going to give a lot away, but let’s just say there are characters who will surprise people who have already read the previous books. I really like that about this book. There are two characters who people might not have liked in the beginning that you get to see a new side of here. It’s a refreshing change.
This book was very romantic in places. It didn’t completely focus on Brad and Kyle, but there are moments in the book that will leave you with a silly smile on your face. I think Brad comes a long way when it comes to his relationship with Kyle. Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved him, but there is something about the way he is with Kyle in this book. It left me with a smile on my face more than once and that is always a huge thing for me when I read a book. I want to smile and enjoy it, even if it is difficult.
Sitting there in that chair with him in my lap, I realized I didn’t want to be at some party or in Time’s Square or anywhere else that didn’t include Kyle next to me. And if for the next sixty years we sat in a chair like this and kissed the New Year in, then I was looking at sixty incredible years.
This book has a darker feel than the previous books. It deals with suicide and personally, I think the author did an incredible job with the topic. Suicide is never an easy issue to tackle, especially when it’s a YA book. But John Goode pulled it off incredibly well and I gained even more respect and adoration for his writing than I had before. It might be a trigger warning for some people, so you should be aware of that.
I want to dedicate some time to talk about Kyle. Anyone who has read the previous stories will know how Kyle was in the beginning and if you read my review for Tales from Foster High you will know how he was. Well, let me tell you, he changed so much here. He grew so much and he became a hero for me. I’m serious! Kyle was not the same person in this book. Not even close. But it wasn’t a bad thing. He was better in my opinion. He was lovable before, and I did love him. I just think he went through so much and he became an adult in this book.
That was the moment Kyle began to change our world forever.
Overall, I adored this book. I think it was an amazing addition to the series and it just left me wanting more. Yes, it is a tough book, and yes, it does deal with a lot of hard issues. But it was all perfection in my eyes and it sealed me as a huge fan of John Goode. He is such a talented writer and I cannot wait for the final book of the series.