Synchro Boy

240p. Arsenal Pulp. Nov. 2018. pap. $15.95. ISBN 9781551527444.
Gr 10 Up—Sixteen-year-old swimmer Bart Lively is not sure where his dreams will take him—does he want to stick with racing or pursue synchronized swimming? Bart's father wants him to stay in racing, even though he has not played a part in his life. Bart is also trying to figure out his sexuality and sense of identity as he develops feelings for his long-time swimming partner, Erika. His attraction to another diver, Dave, are also evident. This novel has a strong, fully developed male protagonist. Teens who are struggling with their sense of identity and family issues will relate to the burgeoning romances and the drawn-out emotional conflict between Bart and his father. The secondary characters are less fleshed out than Bart and Erika, but young people will still want to pick up the book.
VERDICT An excellent addition to YA shelves. Purchase where Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg is popular.

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