Penny’s Rating: A
Publisher Description: Danny is young, gay, and homeless. He lives in the park, preferring to avoid attention, but when thugs confront a stranger, Danny rushes to his rescue. He and the would-be victim, Harry, form a cautious friendship that deepens months later, when Harry persuades Danny to visit his home. Daring to believe he has found happiness, Danny finds his world turned upside down yet again when tragedy strikes.
Until he runs out of options, Danny won’t trust anyone. Finally he has to accept the offer of a home, and Danny becomes David, but adjusting to a new life isn’t easy. When he meets the mysterious Jack, it stirs up feelings he thought were long gone. Can David dare to allow himself to love? Or will the truth bring his new world tumbling down around him?
This is a beautifully written story that tackles some tough material. Author Sue Brown has written a beautiful and compelling love story. I highly recommend you read it. Digest it. I think you’ll love it too, but to be honest, I have an ulterior motive.
I hope this book gets you thinking about the homeless youth who survive on the streets near where you live.
What happens to Danny in this story, happens to kids everyday. Not in some far abstract corner of the world, but near you. Find out what you can do to support homeless youth in your area.
For those of you in my neck of the woods: Minnesota, USA, studies show that on any given night there are 2,500 homeless youth in Minnesota. There are only around 50 beds in shelters for homeless youth in the entire state. See a bit of a gap there? Plus, it’s Minnesota, so it can get really cold. It snowed over six inches here yesterday, and it’s the end of April.
Here are some places I know of in Minnesota that do help homeless youth, including LGBT youth.
Look – donate to your local shelters. Send socks, or underwear, or bus passes (in the Twin Cities Metro area, if there aren’t enough beds, they give the kids bus passes so they can ride the bus at night and stay warm), if you can’t donate money. You can also help by hosting a homeless youth in your home, or by becoming a foster parent. We need to do better for these kids. I hope you find a way to help.
By Sue Brown
ebook, 232 pages, Published April 17th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English