These Things Happen, by Richard Kramer, tackles the hard subjects of homophobia and hate crimes, yet is a book you won't want to put down. It revolves around teenage Wesley, who moves in with his father to reconnect and then has to deal with his friend coming out to the school and subsequently facing a brutal attack. A lot happens, yet it happens over the course of only a few days.
The focus shifts from character to character, which helps make the characters interesting and have more depth, but you might have to stop and remind yourself who is the narrator at the moment from time to time. However, it is still what I would call and fast and easy read -- the language flows easily and is not going to make you stumble and re-read.
When reading the dialogue, you won't be surprised to learn that Richard Kramer is an award-winning writer for TV shows like thirtysomething and My So-Called Life. Some people will probably argue that they have never heard teenagers speak the way Wesley and his friends do, but if you were a fan of shows like Gilmore Girls and Dawson's Creek, you know that this type of dialogue can be the most fun.
All in all, I'd say this could be a book to recommend to both young adults and adults, and is something readers will enjoy not only if they are looking for something in the LGBT genre.
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I was given a copy of this book to review, but was not compensated for my opinion.