The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Hurd
Dade Hamilton can’t wait to get out of Iowa–literally. He just graduated from high school, and always felt like an outsider there. His two-year long secret relationship with Pablo (aka the Sexican for his dark, good looks) is disappointing and he yearns to end it. His crappy job at the local supermarket at least gives him an excuse to get out of the house, where his parents’ fighting makes divorces look like a worthy alternative. After he meets the edgy and charming Alex Kincaid while leaving a party, he slowly realizes that all gay relationships aren’t about hiding and shame. Even though he knows he’s leaving for college out of state in a couple months, he finds himself falling for the mysterious Alex, who seems completely comfortable with who he is, even though he has no clue about his own future.
What I especially liked about this book is that it is about Dade coming to terms with himself and his future. While his being gay and wanting to “come out” to his parents is part of the plot, it isn’t the only focus. I loved these characters and was truly sorry when the book ended.