We Don't Matter
Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)
At fifteen years old Aidan Osher lost his older brother to a drug-induced suicide. Now, at twenty-two, about to graduate from film school in Seattle, he is struggling with knowing who he is or where he belongs. A chance meeting with another skateboarder, Zeke, launches Aidan into an unfamiliar world both inside himself and out. As their friendship unfolds, Aidan is drawn to Zeke in a way he can’t explain. Zeke’s openness about his own homosexuality and abuse from the family and church he was raised in, makes Aidan question feelings he has long since buried. They find themselves intricately woven and their connection deeper than friendship. Aidan finds in Zeke answers to himself, his place in the world and a love he didn’t know could exist.
Recent tensions in Seattle, place Aidan, Zeke, and their friends in a situation where they have to decide between their own safety, or standing up to police intimidation and violence against the residents of a nearby homeless encampment. Footage of police brutality Aidan catches on film, puts them all on the run, fearing for their lives and their future. Zeke and Aidan flee to his brother’s best friend in North Carolina, which opens the door to his past he had closed to save his sanity. Reopening these old wounds forces both Aidan and Zeke to have to face what their true purpose is, and find the best way to fight together, against an oppressive system determined to keep them silent.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10
Plot/Idea: This is an honest and heartfelt coming-out narrative, and a feel-good story of a young man meeting his goals. All this is not without some violence and tough circumstances, as well as a welcome layer of suspense.
Prose: The prose is generally smooth and readable, if prone to occasional moments of awkwardness.
Originality: There are many coming-out stories, but this one of a young man becoming a documentary filmmaker feels quite original.
Character Development/Execution: Aiden, Zeke, their friends, and their newfound dog are all portrayed as extremely kind, authentic people, who care deeply for one another. In a lesser writer's hands, this may come across as idealistic, but here, readers will revel in the characters' successes and experiences of joy.
Date Submitted: July 29, 2022
We Don't Matter wins Honorable Mention in LGBT Fiction in the 2022 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards!
06/01/2022We Don't Matter named NIEA Contemporary Fiction Finalist!
We Don't Matter has been named a 2022 16th annual National Indie Excellence Award Contemporary Fiction Finalist winner!