Monday, June 4, 2018

We Have a Decision by Steph Marie

High school freshman, Danny Burns, loves life, art, and boys. From the outside, he looks like a happy-go-lucky guy with no concerns. He blows off the bullies and he’s an amazing friend. What people don’t know is that he’s had a boyfriend since the summer, and when Danny decides being a secret isn’t enough for him and tries to end it, it’s not as easy as he expects.

High school freshman, Noah Glass, thinks he knows exactly who he is, what he wants, and where he’s going. Unfortunately, when the strict religious rules he’s grown-up with don’t line up with him being able to have friendships with people he cares about, he begins to question his own beliefs.

Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Shaw, formed a special club forty years ago. Each year, she handpicks twelve students to participate, but no one knows what they talk about, and former students never tell.

Danny and Noah are two of the chosen this year. When Mrs. Shaw partners them up, their lives begin to alter in ways that they couldn’t have imagined. While Danny is confronted with a stalking ex, Noah begins to question his values. As their friendship grows within the nurturing circle of Club Shaw, will that foundation be enough to get them through the troubles ahead? Will Noah be strong enough to set aside his preconceived notions and be there for Danny? Will Danny trust in Noah’s friendship and strength to help him move on from his ex to give the new guy Noah introduces him to a chance?

This is book two in the Mrs. Shaw's Club series. We’ll continue to get glimpses into the lives of the students, and with each book, we’ll see a romance bloom. This is a standalone, but more fun if you watch them all grow together through the year.

My Rating: 4 stars

We Have a Decision is a very unique high school story.

It all starts with Mrs. Shaw, who pairs up kids, and forms a club for these kids each year. She hand selects them after observing them carefully. She seeks out kids who need help.

This book revolves around Danny and Noah. It is really sweet to see them start to change their perceptions of things and form a unique friendship. Danny is openly gay and is being bullied, as well as stalked. Noah has grown up planning on becoming a pastor. His church believes that being gay is a sin. Thus, Noah is at a crossroads when his new friend Danny wants to date his best friend, Josh. 

I have to admit that every damn school needs a Mrs. Shaw. She is extremely observant, caring, and understanding. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, but she is an amazing teacher who really helps her students to change their views on people and things. She is truly refreshing!

I highly recommend We Have A Decision to anyone looking for a coming of age story. It appears that each book will feature different people from the group.

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