Deviations by Anma Natsu (Review by Shelly – #NerdGirlXrayer)


Title: Deviations 

Author: Anma Natsu 

Published Date: February 14th 2016

Genre:  Young Adult LGBT Romance


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“We’re just deviants, that’s all. You, me, Taka. We’re deliciously, wonderfully deviant.”

Seventeen-year-old Miho has spent years struggling to deal with the aftermath of a tragic accident. Between the nightmares, PTSD, depression, and her parents’ abandonment, the burden of being the sole survivor has her near her breaking point. The darkness whispers to her, promises of release from the pain, from being a burden, if she is willing to give up.

While the girls love classmate Shinji’s blond hair and blue eyes, to his father it’s all the proof he needs that his wife was unfaithful. Unwanted and unloved, Shinji is used to his mother’s hatred, his brother’s indifference, and his father’s violence. Male or female, he doesn’t care; his regular string of sexual partners helps him temporarily forget that he will soon have to leave the only person he loves, if he can survive that long.

As the first-born son, Shinji’s best friend Taka has known from birth that his future was not his own. He’ll go to the right schools, get the right grades, take over the family business, and produce a perfect heir with a perfect wife, just as his father dictates. Taka’s wants and desires are irrelevant; he can’t change his fate nor escape it, any more than he can protect the only person who keeps him sane.

Drawn to one another like moths to a flame, the three find themselves torn between what society deems acceptable and a happiness they never dreamed possible.

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***Shelly – #NerdGirlXrayer’s  Review***

“We’re just deviants, that’s all. You, me, Taka. We’re deliciously, wonderfully deviant.”

Taka and Shinji have been friends forever. When they meet Miho she is welcomed into their group. Meet three friends who learn to love themselves as they love each other. Taka’s father has his future mapped out for him. It doesn’t seem to matter what Taka wants. Shinji is living in a house where he is not wanted or loved. He struggles with his fathers abuse and his mothers hatred. Miho is recovering from a terrible accident that left her scarred. Her parents don’t know how to deal with her and are never around.

Ms. Natsu does a terrific job of interweaving a story that is tragic and heartbreaking but brings three people together as they learn to love each other and find happiness. This story is intense in that is deals with some heavy subjects like abuse and bullying but it is written in such an emotional way. Even though Taka, Shinji, and Miho has to deal with their past it is their love for each other that heals them.

Ms. Natsu ended the book with some endnotes that was great in helping you understand the Japanese culture. I found this very helpful

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