When he can't keep pretending...
Gray's social-climbing parents have a plan for their son. The same plan that worked perfectly well for his father before him. Law school, socialite wife, millions of dollars in the bank. It's all planned out for the next thirty years.
The plan doesn't allow for art school. Much less kissing boys.
This shorter 30,000-word novel is a "sweet" gay coming-of-age story featuring a character in his mid-teens. There is some rough language, but there is no "steam." Like many young adult novels featuring a teen hero, the ending is open-ended because life is open-ended at that age.
Gray and Sparky will meet again in college. You can read their complete gay romance in the full-length 80,000-word novel, Kickoff Blues. You may consider this book a prequel to Kickoff Blues, but it doesn't matter which book you read first. Also, Kickoff Blues is Book #3 in the Last Chances Academy series, but you can read it first if you want to since Books 1 & 2 follow a different romance.