How It Was Supposed To Be by Jayson James @jaysonjamesbook #LGBT #Review

Tracy reviews ‘How It Was Supposed To Be’ by Jayson James. Published April 10th 2015, 192 pages

Book received free from the Author for an honest review. 🙂

Why I read this book: I enjoy the YA books by this author.



Reese Kennecott had everything he could ever want and life was good. He’s dating the guy of his dreams and has a great group of friends. The Kennecotts were living the carefree life as an upper middle class family until the day his father arrives home from work with the news that the company he has worked for since he was Reese’s age has gone out of business. Aside from the great depression, this is the worst economic downturn the United States has ever faced. It does not take long for the Kennecotts to fall behind in their bills and eventually to lose everything.

Reese used to work part time for extra money now he is working all the hours he can get in order to help his family get by. But things have gone from bad to worse. Hope finally comes with a new job that will take the family across the country, which means giving up their lives as they’ve always known them. The family embarks on a road trip to their new life. Along the way, they are forced to make difficult choices and hope begins to fade. Each day things become bleaker and the Kennecotts begin to wonder if they are ever going to make it to their destination. But sometimes things that have no reason to work out do and we end up right where we should be, at the right time and in the right place.

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 pot-of-gold-10special 10/10 Pots of Gold


I don’t read many YA books, I have enjoyed every book I have read by Jayson James. They do make a refreshing change. This book is wrote from Reese’s POV.

Reese is a normal 17 year old who is Gay, he is doing well at school, has a part time job, fast friends and a happy life until his dad lost his job. We follow the families struggles and the problems they encounter. From a stable home with two happy parents and an annoying older sister, their whole world shatters in one day.

I think the author did a fantastic in portraying the hard time this whole family had just because the main earner had lost his job. Its not all serious though, there is quite a bit of fun along the way and lots of petty squabbles.

I loved the ending of this book, I thought it was perfect. There is no full sex scenes because of this I would highly recommend the book to anyone who likes to read YA….

Overall a sweet book on how to overcome the problems life throw at you and still keep smiling…


Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon UK, Smashwords



Author of novels and short stories. Jayson James graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in education. He was born and raised in Washington State, where he currently lives and teaches. Jayson’s interests beyond writing include reading a variety of books, watching movies and drawing.



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