Safe was a good read, but sad and hard to read at times. Safe takes us on a journey of two friends who become lovers. They support and help each other to become the men they are. One reason I don’t like short stories is because I don’t feel I get enough time to get to know the characters and their stories. However, I do feel that Cody did a great job of going through their relationship by giving us glimpses of the past. The little pieces of their history together really make them and their story feel so much more real for me.
I felt like I could relate in some ways to Nico, though our situations were very different. He had such a hard life, and needed badly to be protected. Caleb wanted to be that protector even before he was old enough to really know what that meant. Caleb was a great boyfriend. So very caring, sweet, and most of all, protective.
I want more! I would really love to know what became of these two, and how their story might end. I hope to one day get to read more about them. Until then I will leave you with a few words about the part of the book that I was disappointed in. This is not the story, writing, or author, but is a sore subject that I feel the need to address when I’m given the opportunity to.
I was extremely frustrated by the fact that Caleb's dad did nothing to help Nico when he Caleb first went to him. Sadly, that is all too common. If nothing else, It’s my hope that this book will open some eyes to the abuse that goes on that most are too afraid to get involved with. Don’t make excuses of why you shouldn’t or can’t help. Get in there and protect these kids who are beaten. Sometimes it’s as simple as asking the right questions and taking the appropriate actions. I know Cody has links on his blog for kids that need help, but this link is for the people who don’t know how to help. ~Timmy
Available from: Harmony Ink Press
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Caleb had one mission in life.
To keep his boyfriend safe.
They met at ten, kissed at twelve, and were madly in love by eighteen. Caleb Deering is the captain of the swim team and the hottest senior in school. He comes from a loving home with a kind father and a caring, but strict, mother who is battling breast cancer. Nico Caro is small and beautiful, and has a father who rules with an iron fist—literally. One morning Caleb forgets himself, and he pecks Nico on the lips at school. A teacher sees them and tattles to the Headmaster. The accidental outing at school might be the least of their problems, because the ball set in motion by the school’s calls to their parents could get Nico killed. In the face of that very real danger, Caleb knows he has only one mission in life: to keep Nico safe.