Writer's View - Hero by Perry Moore

From Goodreads: The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he's been asked to join the League - the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he's gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.

To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he'll have to come to terms with his father's past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.

The Writer's View

I don't even know how to begin writing a review of this book. It was A-MA-ZING. Beautiful. I laughed and I cried constantly, sometimes at the same time. This book has so much heart and soul. The characters are all amazing, quirky, flawed, and loveable. Thank you, Mr. Moore, for writing this book. I loved it. If you know a gay teen in your life, please buy this book for them. (BTW, I didn't purposely plan this post around the political stuff going on right now . . . It just so happened to work out.)

I don't even know how to write a review of this book that isn't 10 pages long. There are so many things I can gush about. But I'm pretty sure no one wants to read a 10 page book review, so I'm going ot pick one topic that really stood out to me. (One among many, I assure you.)

Selling a POV

I don't come across a lot of gay main characters in the books I read. I've encountered a few, and in those instances I never felt like I connected with the romantic relationships. I always wondered if this was because I'm not gay, and therefore just couldn't relate. After reading this book, I'm pretty sure it's all about the writing. Good writing should be able to sell any POV, whether it be from the perspective of a gay person, a straight person, or a Candian donkey.

In short, Moore totally sold me on the gay romance in this book. The relationship between Thom and his love interest is incredibly well-developed, with lots of little details that just made my heart melt. I was so happy when they finally kissed. It was one of those book moments when I just sighed with complete bliss, because these two are totally meant to be together.

I can't really pinpoint the exact techniques Moore used, versus the techniques I've encountered in other books with gay MCs. I just know that Moore totally sold it. I'm going to keep this in mind as I tackle my own writing. All writers need to sculpt their characters and their relationships with detail and heart.