With less than a month to go until graduation, Caleb runs into Nathan Rhodes at a house party. Nathan is a star hockey player for Western Michigan University and finally ready to step out of the closet. He’s also the guy who broke Caleb’s heart in high school.
Nathan’s determined to make amends for what he did four years ago, but Caleb isn’t willing to risk getting his heart stomped on again. With only a few weeks left before they go their separate ways, it’ll take all of Nathan’s creativity and help from some interfering friends to convince Caleb to give him a second chance.
College is ending, and Nathan wants to get Caleb back. It's been four years since they've been together, or even friends, as Nathan wanted to stay closeted.
But Nathan can't hide anymore, as it's slowly killing him.
Through the use of flashbacks, we learn about their hidden affair in high school. I love the way this was done, as we go back and forth between the present and the past, using the flashbacks to slowly reveal their past. Through these slow reveals, it not only keeps the reader intrigued and invested, but also helps us to realize why Caleb is so hurt and bitter.
Bully & Exit is a fantastic coming of age story that involves bravery and the power of forgiveness. Brigham Vaughn does a wonderful job with showing how difficult it can be to make amends, as well as giving us the beauty of a closeted athlete wanting to be their true self.