At just 17 years old, Zach is on his own raising his young daughter Mae. He works at Wal Mart and is trying to go to college. One day at work he meets Will, who is a little older than Zach but still in college, and the two of them end up going out on a date. Zach is up front about having a daughter and Will doesn’t seem to mind. What ends up happening is a very sweet love story between two young guys.
I thought for sure the fact that Zach was only 17 years old was going to skeev me out a bit. But the authors did a great job handling the ages of the characters by the way Zach dealt with his sexual attraction to Will and Will seemed to be incredibly understanding considering his age and I’m sure…his raging hormones.
While reading Making Ends Meet, I found myself very engaged with the story and the characters but I also found myself getting frustrated with Zach and his pride to try and take care of his daughter on his own. He’s just 17 years old at the start of the book. And working at WalMart is not the way to pay the bills, let alone try to take care of a daughter and go to school. Zach’s parents were more than willing to help out and they even didn’t seem to mind if Zach had decided to stay and live with them. So while reading this, I didn’t always think Zach was making the best decisions for his daughter and that bothered me. Also, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop with Will – kept waiting for the bad to come out. I mean really, Will was just too good to be true. But it’s fiction and so I just went with it.
Having said that, I did enjoy this book. It was sweet and I appreciated the way the authors handled the relationship between Will and Zach considering their age. I also know after reading this, I definitely want to read other books by these authors.