Phoenix by Jennifer Mason-Black

Would you recognize hope if you looked into its eyes?

At sixteen, Tucker has nothing but the clothes on his back, the bruises on his ribs, and the truth about what happened between him and the band teacher. He left home looking to escape his memories, but all he’s found on the road are new bad ones to take their place.

Then he meets Gabriel, a beautiful hustler, and Kelsey, a fire-obsessed girl with a head full of fairy tales. After Gabriel rescues him from a pair of drunks looking for a fight, Tucker’s happy to join him in the abandoned factory he calls home. All he must do in return is help keep Kelsey safe.

But Kelsey’s not what Tucker thinks she is, and safety isn’t what she needs from him. To help her, he’ll have to face the secret he’s been running from, and the flames she’s running to find

Ok I am going to admit I thought this story was weird.
It's a short story about a gay boy. He's bullied and mistreated by a teacher. But perhaps the weirdest thing that happens in his life is just a couple hours one night, after meeting a girl.

This one day in his life leads him into dangerous situations. A day full of threats, running and an adventure that is more dream like than reality.

It was interesting and unique. Something that will definately keep you thinking and I have never read anything like it. It reminds me of something that you might find in a Irvine Welsh novel.

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