Monday, June 25, 2012


Publisher: Empire Books
Author: John H. Ames
Title: Surviving Elite High
Word Count: 46,000
Price: $3.99


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John Henry Ames is a sixteen-year-old boy from a small New Jersey town. John is humble, shy and studious. He lives as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies.
On the verge of dropping out of school due to overdue payments, a teacher enrolls him in a tutoring program where he meets the school’s star quarterback and hero, Nick Anthony Hawking. Since he was doing poorly in several subjects, Nick needs John's help to pass and graduate high school. As John becomes closer to the jock, he develops a strong affection towards him even though Nick has a strong reputation of sleeping around with a lot of women. Nick becomes his friend and protector in school. Their sincere friendship helps to bring out the best in each of them.
Several tragedies, like a school shooting, threaten to change their young lives forever. Will they follow their own voice or return to the safety of their own shadows?
Surviving Elite High is a breathtaking saga that illustrates
a flourishing same-sex love, family, and friendship.


It is always great to find a new author with as much promise as John H. Ames.  In his first novel he tackles bullying, school violence, under age sex and family dysfunction in an effort to bring out a love story between two boys.  John, Yes the book is written as by the main character so you know that isn’t the author’s real name, is an over sensitive 16 year old with two gal pals and a crush on the school’s star quarterback.  Nick is a wild ladies man and self-professed sex addict  who needs a tutor. 
There is some heavy drama and high school violence in the story, a bit heavy on the profanity for my taste, but hey everybody is different.  The book has the appearance of a young adult romance but be aware if you are going to let a teen read it, there is sex, not graphic, for the most part, but not closed the door on the action either.
I look forward to more from this author in the future.  It is good to see an author show teenagers as they are, the good and the bad.  Enjoy the book, it’s a fun day’s read.

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