Title: The Music of the Spheres
Author: Chase Potter
Pages/Word Count: 216 Pages
At a Glance: The Music of the Spheres is such a great story of friends to lovers.
Reviewed By: Kathie
Blurb: An athlete and introvert from a family touched by loss, Ryan Mattson splits his life between reading and spending time with his dad and precocious younger sister. With the wounds of his past almost healed, high school is simple, and so is everything else.
But that changes when Ryan is paired with Adam for a class project. Adam, the guy with birthmarks like flecks of mud and compost-brown eyes that hide behind dorky glasses. Grudgingly, the two young men work together, and as they do, an unlikely friendship is formed.
With the passing college years, their bond deepens and grows. Even Ryan’s sister and dad take a liking to Adam, and the family – always missing a voice – seems to gain another. But just as Ryan is forced to confront what Adam really means to him, his family is dragged toward crisis. And beneath the silent snows and starlit sky of a Minnesota winter, their friendship will be tested more than ever before.
Review: With a pounding heart and rushing breath, Adam Haskamp catches the football and runs… That is until the defensive end slams into him. And then the story begins.
Adam is seventeen and a senior in high school. He lives with his dad and sister, and life is pretty good for him. He lives in a nice house, drives a great car, and gets fairly good grades. But, as Adam will tell you, he would give it all up if he could have his mother back. She died of cancer when he was younger.
Adam meets Ryan Mattson for the first time at school, when they are partnered up for an English project. Adam reminisces later in the book about how thankful he was that his teacher, Mr. Edwards, paired them up. Adam knows early on that they have something special, but he just doesn’t know what that is for quite a while.
Ryan runs track, gets great grades, and dreams of building a better life for himself. Ryan lives on the wrong side of the track, or, as Adam describes, in a place with “houses that have peeling paint and curling shingles.” Not quite what Adam is used to. The two boys form a strong bond that carries them through living in different states while attending college, living through the grief of losing someone close, and the depression that sometimes follows when you just can’t do it anymore. I loved the range of emotion each character demonstrated. Ryan had a quirky sense of humor, and I especially liked his comeback when Adam asked him where he got his shoulders. And, let’s not leave out the fart jokes. Why are they always funny?
Chase Potter, in my humble opinion, is just getting better and better as an author, and The Music of the Spheres is such a great story of friends to lovers. It pulls you right in with the first hut! Which is football talk for throw the ball. ;)
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