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Creating Chaos
Lacey Dailey, author
Gideon Stryker hates high school and everything that comes with it. As a dancer at a school filled with students whose favorite past time is to make his life as miserable as possible, his plan for senior year is simple: lay low, graduate, and get the hell out. Elliott Oakley wasn't looking for friends, a relationship, or anything in between after his normal life went from tolerable to unbearable and he made the necessary choice to move from Iowa to North Carolina. But this is life. And plans change. They were best friends first but Gideon and Elliott soon form a connection that is too powerful to deny. They fall hard for each other, creating chaos and ignoring judgment wherever they go. Suddenly, high school seems manageable, life seems bearable, and the plans they were so set on following get tossed out the window. They make a new plan. One that ends with them together. But their plan gets a giant wedge tossed into it the moment Elliott's past makes the journey from Iowa all the way to North Carolina, creating more chaos than they ever thought possible.
Themes of insecurity, jealousy, and loyalty stand center stage in this uneven dramatic romance. After being bullied for years, Gideon Stryker loathes high school and just wants to lay low until graduation. New to town, Elliott Oakley has his own reasons for wanting to keep a low profile during his final year of high school; openly gay at his old school, Elliott felt targeted and abused there. As their senior year begins at Hillside High, in Durham, N.C., Gideon and Elliott become chemistry partners and fast friends, and soon, their mutual attraction leads to a relationship. Their pasts hinder the new romance, though. Bisexual, award-winning dancer Gideon has a spiteful ex, and Elliott, a drag racer and two-time Rookie of the Year, struggles with grief over his mother’s death to cancer and resentment toward his father. The plot moves slowly, due in part to overlapping dual narratives that lack focus. Yet a tale about vulnerable LGBTQ teens willing to stand up and sacrifice for each other will gratify many readers. Ages 14–up. (BookLife)
All Encompassing Books

"This book is a reflection of today's reality of gay teens and the obstacles they face with both family and friends. It is about fighting for what you truly want, overcoming tragedy, and recognizing that your "family" isn't always formed by blood."

Bayou Book Junkie

"Dailey has a good grasp of what teenage kids go through and managed to create a story that touches several difficult topics in a sensitive manner."