I'm not even sure I can find the right words to review this book, but I would highly, highly, recommend it because I think it is so powerful!
The previous books dealt with both Brad and Kyle coming out and when the going got tough, Brad got tougher and even more out there, while Kyle wished for his quiet life again, although he does not want to give up Brad! This time around, the title says it all, but it is not the innocence you may assume.
I cannot give too many details without giving away spoilers, but this time, the relationship expands a bit, in the sense that Kyle and Jennifer, Brad and his ex Jennifer, find common ground. Kyle makes a friend outside of Brad in a girl named Sammy, and Kyle even finds a way to be friends with Kelly, Brad's former bestfriend, who has a couple of powerful secrets of his own.
This book brings into question what the lines are when someone thinks they are going to "get back" at a local bully - and if you are bullied, does it make right to do back what you feel was done to you (as much as you think so, no, it won't make you feel better or take back what you think was taken from you by a bully).
Is there such a thing as "justice" when you try to take things into your own hands, and how clueless can some parents be to what is going on with their kids!
Kyle is the one who takes a stand this time, and what leads to it, will rip your heart out so have the tissues at the ready, in my opinion, this book is that powerful, and that important!
The fact that anything that has been written in these books has taken place in real life (and I know it does happen, I was bullied from grade school to grade 8)makes the impact even more meaningful and I strongly recommend reading the author's note at the end of the book, it is as insightful and powerful as the book and why this author and this series is one of my favorites.