Author: Megan Erickson
Published: March 17th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.
As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.
But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.
Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.
To say that I was blown away by Trust the Focus would be an understatement. In fact, I'd like to think this story was by far one of the best NA novels I've come across, and that's honestly saying a lot since a truly brilliant NA novel is hard to come by.
Justin and Landry have an amazing friendship. I love how that was clearly established from the beginning. This road trip is a beginning in itself, one that held promise of plenty of things, as long as they were both willing to be open and honest with each other. But when secrets are held on for so long, sometimes it's difficult to tell the truth, to not care what other people think. That's what happens when we allow our fears to control us. With Justin and Landry, it's revealed, and it's so powerful that you can feel the emotion lift off the page.
Trust the Focus is simply beautiful. Justin's thoughts, his actions, his feelings--they all kept me interested and wondering what could happen next for him and Landry. I fell in love with them like they fell for each other. Megan Erickson's In Focus series will be not only followed but coveted and purchased the instant it's available.