Bait by Alex Sanchez
Review by: Lauren
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Diego has an anger inside of him that he can't release. That changes the day he punches Fabio, a kid in his class who flirts with him. Now he's stuck in court and has to visit Mr. Vidas to talk it out. They want to let him go with a fee but he asks to be on probation and they agree, allowing him more time to learn to trust Vidas and perhaps reveal what is really bothering him deep down. Memories rise up and Diego isn't sure he can handle it all without lashing out at the people around and that's the last thing he wants. He wants his best friend Kenny to be there, he wants his little brother to look up to him, and he really wants a girl named Ariel to give him a chance.
Though Diego is plagued by his demons, he desperately wants to find relief from it all so he can move on with his life. It's a dream that you root for him to achieve and he's honestly a likeable character. He says and does the wrong things sometimes (though we all do) and that leads him into trouble but he wants to be a better guy. He really is a good person. His anger just gets the best of him and he can't properly control it. Through all of that though you want him to be the man you know he is and to get past the life he's been dealt.
The summary doesn't give things away so I don't want to either, but this is an intense book that deals with big issues. It was definitely interesting and I'm very glad I was given the chance to read this book. Diego hates the idea of being called gay, but why? Is it a mere prejudice or something more? This book delves into the "something more" side that leaves you horrified. It's a realistic novel that will hopefully help some and inform others.
More than anything, I think this book brings up the topic of being honest with those you love. You have to trust them and hope they will be there for you. If they aren't, that's not your problem. It's just good to know you tried and that you can find help if you need it. It might be from unsuspecting people but it might be from someone in your own house. You just don't know.
Bait is the fourth novel I've read by Alex Sanchez and it was very different from the others but not in a bad way. It digs deeper into the psyche of human emotion and experiences and I found that highly interesting, if not always enjoyable, to read.
GLBT Challenge: This book is not GLBT, but the author is so this is another edition to the challenge. Be sure to check it out if you are interested. There is a photo/link in the top left hand sidebar on this blog.