Friday, March 1, 2013

REVIEW: When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

Title: When Love Comes to Town
Author: Tom Lennon
Genre: Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian
Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Published: March 1st 2013 by Albert Whitman Teen 
ISBN: 0807589160 (ISBN13: 9780807589168)


The year is 1990, and in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, Neil Byrne plays rugby, keeps up with the in-crowd at his school, and is just a regular guy. A guy who's gay. It's a secret he keeps from the wider world as he explores the city at night and struggles to figure out how to reveal his real self--and to whom.

First published in Ireland in 1993 and compared to The Catcher in the Rye by critics, Tom Lennon's When Loves Comes to Town is told with honesty, humor, and originality

My Thoughts:

When Love Comes to Town was my very first young adult MM romance book. I have to admit that this book was much better than I thought it was going to be. The author did a great job of capturing Neil's horrible feelings of insecurity on being "different" and his fear of his homosexuality being discovered.

Once I started it, I couldn’t stop. It kept me up into the wee hours or the morning. I loved this book! I've read the whole thing, all 192 pages, in just a few sittings.  Though it was a quick read, I must admit that it was not lacking in depth and development like most do.

I feel that I had to give this book five out of five stars for several reasons. First because it was so fantastically well written, because of its beautiful, touching, and heart breaking plot, and lastly because it’s been a while since I've read something that touched me this deeply.

I was just blown away by the many messages offered in this story. This is such an awesome book. If you haven’t read it…you should go grab a copy and read it as soon as possible!

My Rating:

5 out of 5 stars
This book was so good I would buy it without looking at the price tag.


  1. I am just getting into psychological thrillers...not sure if this fits that category but it sure sounds awesome. So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I have been meaning to check this book out with a while and your review makes me want to get to it sooner now. Love that its set in Ireland too!
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  3. Thanks for the introduction to this book. I haven't heard of it before and will try and check it out.

  4. I haven't tried a m/m YA yet, but I have one in my TBR pile. That's great that this book was a hit. I'll have to keep it in mind.

  5. I and my friend love gay fiction! Thank you for reviewing this book! :)