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Title: Tim and Pete
Author: James Robert Baker
Number of Pages: 256 pages
Book Number/Goal: 12/30 for 2010
My Rating: 5/5

A year after they broke up, Tim still isn't over his ex-boyfriend Pete. When a date goes wrong and he's left stranded in Laguna Beach with nothing but his swim trunks, sandals, and sunglasses, Tim uses that as an opportunity to look Pete up, hoping that if he can beg a ride home, maybe it will lead to something more. And it does, but not exactly in the way Tim had hoped.

I loved this so much! [personal profile] gloss recommended it to me ages ago, but my library doesn't have it and it never showed up on BookMooch, so it took me a while to finally get my hands on a copy (found someone selling it through Amazon Fulfillment, so I could get my free shipping and use my Amazon credit). I'm really glad I finally had a chance to read it, though, and I will definitely be reading more of his books.

Although this is a story about a relationship, it's not a romance and is about as far from "original slash" type gay fiction as you can get. This is about being gay in the early '90s, about the toll AIDS had taken/was taking on the gay community, about rage and despair and sometimes being able to find happiness despite all that.

It is a book about white gay guys, though, and as you would expect from that, there's quite a bit of racism, misogyny, and transphobia. The racism is the worst, if only because there are more people of color in the story than there are trans people or women.

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