Memorizing You by Dan Skinner: Review

Memorizing You by Dan Skinner: ReviewMemorizing You by Dan Skinner
on July 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance
Pages: 292

Two high school boys from different walks of life: Ryan, a handsome athlete, and David, an average joe from a blue collar family, discover their desires, stealing their kisses under the cover of an old oak at night. Their love begins a secret life, hidden from their families, friends, and classmates. As their passion grows, so does the danger of their discovery. Their only hope is to create a separate world where every kiss is a treasure and every moment... memorable.

First love. Secret love. Unforgettable love

Stacia Says…

First I have to start by saying, those that follow us know I am a HUGE cover snob… seriously I have pushed books aside strictly based on their covers before. I probably would not have read Memorizing You based on the cover alone, but a close friend highly recommended it and so I gave it a chance. I fell in love with this book SO hard! It is a beautiful story that should not be overlooked; it is a loving coming of age story that spans the lifetime of the two main characters.

Who doesn’t want to remember that first moment of attraction to someone, that first sense of wonder and amazement that these feelings you are feeling are new and different …. Your first love.

“I felt instantly hot all over, sensed droplets of sweat in my hairline… I wondered what is this? What is this new feeling?”

Now imagine that these new feelings are for the same sex. That it was how it was for David, to him this wasn’t puppy love or a first crush; it was something that would forever change his life. It was the moment that he realized he was not like the other teenage boys fighting for a girl’s attention; he was in fact gay.

“How was I to live a life like this? How could anyone live a life like this? To be someone that others despised. Burying feelings.”

David is a gay teenage boy living in the late 1960’s, trying to come to terms with his sexuality and the acceptance of others. He meets and falls deeply in love with Ryan. Together they struggle to hide their love while still exploring these new feelings for each other. 

“Faggot, queer, fairy. Those words aren’t taught in a history course. You don’t learn them with the alphabet. Discrimination comes from the circles you’re supposed to trust. The home, the family, the church.”

To read how David felt about being different than other teenagers was heartbreaking! It made me so sad to think of how people treat others and how discrimination (and not just for homosexuality) is still so prevalent today. David and Ryan had a beautiful love story that really warmed my heart. I was so happy that they had a core group of friends and family that supported them. This was my first m/m romance and I wasn’t sure about reading it at first. But, it was completely different than I expected. To me this was really an eye opening book about two people in love and it didn’t matter their color, race, or gender- it just mattered how they felt about each other. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to others.

“You can’t dream in the light, if you can’t live in it.”


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About Dan Skinner

Dan Skinner is a new author who hates writing bios. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and has been a book cover artist for seven years.