"Tristant Whitfield has had a secret crush on straight Elijah Cambridge since the start of high school. He’s okay keeping his distance, but when Elijah starts visiting him at work and bringing his favorite coffee, Tristant begins to wonder if there’s something more there.
Then Elijah uncovers a scandalous old letter from Tristant’s great uncle tucked away in a book, and the two boys begin a journey through journals and letters to discover the real Uncle Glenn and the secrets he hid from his family. And Tristant realizes that Elijah has been hiding something as well.
A secret that just might change everything."
Tristant and Elijah by Jennifer Lavoie was a pretty great read! It was sweet and most definitely a unique high school "gay" story, because while it did deal with coming out, it didn't go through the usual tropes, such as people finding out and drama ensuing or one of the guys being a jock who is terrified of coming out and has girlfriend to cover up the fact he is gay - being honest, I don't mind those tropes if written well, but it was seriously awesome to read a book about gay high school students where that was essentially a nonissue.
There is a slight mystery in this book concerning a journal that I felt was pretty clear from the moment of introduction simply because this novel is "gay fiction", but the end result of the mystery was amazing - it truly could serve as its own story...
Tristant was a great protag and Elijah was a great love interest - and all of the side characters were funny and had their own distinct personalities which I always find refreshing.
The writing was clear and fluid and moved the story along at an even pace.
I really recommend this one!