Our First Anniversary, Trisha Harrington

Harmonious HeartsRating: 5 Stars

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Tags: LGBT (G) Teenage Romance, First Time, Peer Pressure

Length: Short Story

Reviewer: Cindi

Purchase At: Harmony Ink Press, amazon.com

 

Blurb:

Harmonious Hearts – Stories from the 2014 Young Author Challenge

Celebrate with Harmony Ink Press as we recognize the talented winners of our first annual Young Author Challenge. This anthology showcases the LGBTQ genre’s best up-and-coming-authors between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one. 

The transition from childhood to adulthood is never easy, and growing up presents unique challenges for LGBTQ youth. Confusion, bigotry, and struggle transcend time and place, but fortunately, so does love. Travel with these exceptional young authors from country cottages to big cities, into the past and the future, from fantastic lands of magic to the recognizable landscapes of our world. Regardless of the setting, the characters in these stories, along with families, friends, lovers, and allies, fight to claim their places in life. Their identities and situations are different, but the young people in this collection share the strength and courage to succeed, sometimes against great odds, and they invite you to join them on their journeys.
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Cigar, Parasol, Star by Laura Beaird
Counting Stars by L.A. Buchanan
The King of Dorkdom by Avery Burrow
Happy Endings Take Work by Morgan Cair
Tess by Becca Ehlers
Our First Anniversary by Trisha Harrington
The Dragon Princess by Eleanor Hawtin
An IRL Love Life by Rebecca Long
On Their Own Terms by D. William Pfifer
Glitterhead by Benjamin Shepherd Quiñones
City Lights Will Carry You Home by Amanda Reed
The Gift of Flame by Scotia Roth
Waiting by Annie Schoonover
Quiet Love by Gil Segev
Paranormal Honor Society by Leigh Taylor
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Our First Anniversary Blurb:
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Boyfriends Jamie Walker and Luke Pierce plan to celebrate their first anniversary by losing their virginity to each other. Jamie never had much before meeting Luke helped turn his life around, so even though he has doubts about their decision, he keeps them to himself so he won’t let Luke down. Little does Jamie know, he isn’t the only one who’s nervous about the step they plan to take.
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Review:
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Two things before I get to my review – One, my review and rating are only for Our First Anniversary by Trisha Harrington. I haven’t read the other stories in this anthology yet, but I look forward to doing so when time allows. I normally don’t add such long blurbs, but I wanted to add the one for the anthology as a whole and for Our First Anniversary. Two, Trisha is one of our regular reviewers here at Greedy Bug. I had the pleasure of reading Our First Anniversary before it was published, and I have to say that Trisha’s Greedy Bug family couldn’t be more proud.
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You can check out an interview with Trisha on this site about Our First Anniversary  here.
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With that being said –
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Jamie and Luke, as the blurb states, are about to celebrate their one year anniversary of dating. Jamie’s life was never all that great, but meeting Luke changed his life in many ways.  There is pressure from their friends to finally lose their virginity on their big day (the anniversary). The story follows as each battles with the pressure – both from themselves and their peers – to do something they might not be quite ready to do.
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This is a very good story about two young men who feel they should be doing what others expect them to do, not what they are both ready for. Luke and Jamie are such a sweet couple. You can feel their love for each other and you know that all they care about is making the other one happy. Another character, Jamie’s brother, adds to the story, as do Luke’s parents. While reading this, I remember how difficult it was back in my teenage days and the same pressures put on me and on society as a whole. Trisha wrote the characters as real teens with real issues that thousands face each day. The ending was perfect and exactly what I was hoping for.
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Overall, a fantastic story about real teenage issues. Do you do it because it’s expected, even though you might not be ready? Do you do it to make your boyfriend happy? Both Luke and Jamie have to answer these questions, but in the end? They do what’s right for themselves, not others. I am very pleased with the way it all played out.
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After reading this story, I eagerly await more from Trisha. She’s got a writing talent that I can see taking off. I’m not  saying that because she’s one of our own. I’m saying it because she wrote an excellent story in Our First Anniversary. Highly recommended.


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