Dana reviews Joey’s Choice by Piper Kay (Published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, February 10, 2015, 27 pages)
Seventeen year old, Joey wakes every morning dreading what the day ahead may have in store for him. High School sucks and so does the jerk and his pack of bullies who live to torture him. When Joey feels there is no hope left and no chance at having peace, there’s only one choice left. He’s sure the people he cares about would be better off without him anyway. Things happen for a reason, and when Luc steps in, Joey’s faced with two decisions. What will Joey’s choice be?
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THIRTY SECONDS after I close the bedroom door, I take a deep breath, and crank the tunes. It’s not like they’ll notice anyway, they hardly ever do – unless it’s to complain about something. I guess hearing that their tosser son got his ass kicked again at school is enough to bitch about. I’m pretty fed up with it myself. If just one time I could see it coming or if these packrat jocks fought fair, I’d stand a chance, but they don’t, it’s all of them on me at once. Yet I’m the pussy? Yeah, right. Whatever.
Bruxa’s the perfect song to drown out the yelling and screaming from the other room. Music’s always been my escape and believe me, any chance I get to crawl out of my own skin for a few minutes, you can bet I’m all over it. Anything, no matter what it is, that helps get rid of the thoughts that torture my daily life and terrorize my dreams at night is worth a shot. The crap I live with every single day and can’t seem to escape from, is the same crap that drives me to go extreme, to make this final decision. This choice.
Why be here anymore when it seems to affect everyone?
Because of me, my parents fight day in and day out. Mom defends me, but Dad is always against me. He doesn’t even understand why either, but I do. It’s the same reason they jump me at school. They all sense it, they know I’m different, and it scares the hell out of them. When people don’t understand something, they flip shit and lash out. They prey on you like a wounded animal. Bullies attack like they’ve been starved for years, and people snicker behind your back. Guess what I get to do? I get to pretend like I’m blind and deaf to it all.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared shitless of this choice, but I’m going to prove I’m stronger than all of them. In one single click, everything ends for me and for them. I’m not a pussy or a coward…I’m the one who will actually do something, I’ll make a change. Maybe they will remember that about me one day. Maybe they’ll remember Joey’s Choice.
At 27 pages, it’s hard to give as in-depth of a review as I usually give. For such a short story it was very powerful, though. Between bullying at school and pressure at home Joey is having real trouble coming to terms with his sexuality. He hasn’t come out to anyone, but he feels like they all know and are disappointed in him at best, hate him at worst. It leads him to make a decision no teenager should have to make. Luckily, he receives an intervention by the mysterious Luc. I really would have liked more background on Luc and how he came to be in the position he is in, but he allows Joey to see how his choice affects those around him.
Now I know that not every teen has parents that really do unconditionally love their child like Joey’s parents love him. They all should, but sadly there are many cases where the gift Joey gets might not have the same results. But what I do know is that without talking to someone, sharing the difficulties you are having, the worries, the fears, and the hurts you are not really giving anyone the chance to show you their love. Even for those with parents who aren’t stellar examples, I think it’s important to find someone to talk to before taking your own life. I don’t begin to know the kind of pain that someone must feel to make that decision, but I do know without doing your part to try to make it better, you can’t expect anyone else to.
Luckily Joey was given another choice to reconsider the decision he made the first time around and through his experience he turns his life around for the better. I just hope that others will get the message of this story. I think it’s just tragic for so many young lives to be lost to suicide due to bullying, or not being accepted for who they are. And I encourage those who have the opportunity, to affect change in teens who are being bullied or are struggling with their identity or sexuality; to encourage them to be themselves and that that there is help out there as well as love and compassion if they hang on through the hard times.
Author Bio and Links:
Piper Kay is your average cup of tea with a splash of southern sass. She was born & raised in Houston, Texas-USA and her skills include pitching a fit and throwing a hissy. She also happens to be an author….with a bi-polar muse…who may or may not have sarcastic tendencies….and/or a potty mouth. Together, they share head space w/the men living in there… her boys with baditude. Piper is an Amazon #1 International Best Selling author of LGBT Erotica, and an Amazon International Bestselling author of LGBT Erotica romance, specifically in the M/M Erotica genre, and LGBT drama. She recently learned the art of genre hopping with a new YA/TEEN story, also. Piper brings her passion of storytelling straight to the pages, most times served with a super-sized sprinkle of sexy, a slice of sarcasm and a carafe of crazy.
Website & Blog: http://www.piperkayauthor.com
Amazon author page: http://smarturl.it/PiperKayOnAmazon
About me: http://about.me/piper.kay