Omorphi by C. Kennedy 5*
BLURB: High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. He’s a star athlete, has great friends, and parents who love him just the way he is. What’s missing from his life is a boyfriend. That’s a problem because he’s out only to his parents and best friend. When Michael accidentally bumps into Christy Castle at school, his life changes in ways he never imagined. Christy is Michael’s dream guy: smart, pretty, and sexy. But nothing could have prepared Michael for what being Christy's boyfriend would entail.
Christy needs to heal after years of abuse and knows he needs help to do it. After the death of his notorious father, he leaves his native Greece and settles in upstate New York. Alone, afraid, and left without a voice, Christy hides the myriad scars of his abuse. He desperately wants to be loved and when he meets Michael, he dares to hope that day has arrived. When one of Michael’s team-mates becomes an enemy and an abuser from Christy’s past seeks to return him to a life of slavery, only Michael and Christy's combined strength and unwavering determination can save them from the violence that threatens to destroy their future together.
My Review: Wow! This story is so intense, heartbreaking, eyeopening and so much more, that I am actually lost for words to say everything it made me feel. This story needs to be read by anyone interested in how to survive after any kind of abuse, as it is so well written that it is easy to read and yet does not pull any punches on the facts, or the horror, of abuse. I fell in love with all the characters, but especially Christy and Michael, and I was so upset when the story ended, even though it is 480 pages of deep and emotional storytelling.