by Peter Monn
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Published by: Pen Name Publishing July 29, 2014
Genres: LGBT Romance, YA
Rating: Overall, 4.5 Stars
NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself. With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.
I couldn't resist reading a romance with a mixed tape on the cover! Without giving away too many details (you'll want to read this for yourself), this is a coming-of-age story about being "different", learning to be yourself instead of just being the copy of someone else, making real friends, and finding first love. There's bullying, death, and identity crises all around. Danny, his friend Cher, and even his Uncle Alex finally start learning who they are and being themselves by the end of the book. It was refreshing to watch their journey, and to watch as Danny fell in love for the first time.
Danny and Rusty were adorable. Their romance was sweet and affectionate, but not overtly sexual, so it's suitable for younger teens as well as older ones. I just really enjoyed the whole book. My only qualm was with the very beginning. The reason his brother Sam left the house in the beginning of the book seemed un-needed as I learned more information on the situation later on. Maybe a more plausible situation could have been used instead. Otherwise, loved the book!