No Irish Need Apply by Edward C. Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This sweet story of first love kept my attention. Highschool boys, Louis and Kevin, are attracted to each other. Louis has already been identified as homosexual and has the bruises to prove it. Kevin is in the closet, but can't deny his attraction to his study mate. Soon, they become a couple, but not in public.
In a single up-yours moment, the boys attend the prom as a couple. Now, they have to face their respective mothers--good Irish Catholics--who aren't exactly happy their sons have found their soulmates.
Still, we appreciate Kevin's mom for going through her stages of anger, hostility, why me?, and finally acceptance of Louis, a boy she already liked as her son's friend. Louis' mother is not as forgiving, but we, as readers, hope she'll find it in her heart to love her son no matter what.
This is a nice YA LGBT with moderate swearing, but no explicit scenes.
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