Book Review: At the Lake – Geoff Laughton

At The LakeOne of the reasons I’m not big on Young Adult stories is the fact that it always has an HFN ending. At the Lake is no exception.

Sixteen year old Shane Martinelli works as a lifeguard at a summer camp for the rich kids. This is where he met William Houghton who got sent by his father to spend the whole summer at the camp. William is all by himself because he doesn’t know how to swim until Shane offered to give him lessons. Friendship blossomed between them with Shane even saving William’s life. A year after when both teens returns at the camp, their friendship and newly discovered common secret turns into exploration of their sexuality, feelings and future dreams.

I actually find the story a bit too subdued for my liking. I mean I loved the reality of the whole story telling but I was still yearning for more. I loved the reality of the whole setting though. One of the best things about it is that it’s not trying to uberly-impress its readers by big words and over the top plot lines. The characters, dialogues and even the circumstances surrounding both teens are all too real. In short, it’s not pretentious. I loved that most about it but it may also be the bit part of its downside. I feel like there should’ve been more at the latter part of the story. It was rushed and may have finished a bit too quickly.

As a whole though, I’d say that this is still a wonderful read – a well written story about the beauty of young love. It’s definitely worth recommending!

Published February 26th 2015 by Harmony Ink Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 starsa

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