Playing with Matches by Brian Katcher
Another winner by author Brian Katcher, whose male narrators ring so true. Katcher has dealt with the complexities of relationships as he examines lust and friendship amid dreams and realities. In this book, while lusting over the cheer-leader he’s adored since elementary, the main character makes friends with the burn victim who has been the butt of jokes and ignored for years. Of course, just when their relationship amps up, the cheerleader takes an interest at last. Confusion, hurt, and angst are common ingredients in fiction for teens, just as it is in their real lives. Katcher handles it all expertly, revealing the sad truth that there are no easy solutions.
It occurs to me, that aside from Diana Gabaldon, I haven’t been this impressed with an author in a long time. I think I should get in touch with Katcher and see if we can arrange an interview for this blog. I want to know more about him.
Hey Brian, if you see this, send me a note on shawn (dot) bird (at) ymail (dot) com and let’s set something up! 🙂