Cover of If You Change Your Mind by Robby Weber. Two guys in swimsuits hold hands on a beach while another guy looks on.

About the Book

Title: If You Change Your Mind
Published: 2022

Cover Story: From Here To Eternity
Drinking Buddy: Water
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (alcohol, sexuality)
Talky Talk: 400 Pages
Bonus Factors: Horrible Secret
Bromance Status: Summer Fling

Cover Story: From Here To Eternity

Harry, Grant, and Logan. This scene never happened. And why are they holding hands like that, facing in opposite directions? Are they about to dance or something?

The Deal:

How can Harry possibly choose between Grant, his Lothario ex boyfriend who ghosted him but swears he’s changed; and Logan, the cute, shy, new boy in town? Also, he wants to get into screenwriting school, but can’t quite finish the screenplay he needs to apply, plus his best friend’s boyfriend is cheating on her and he doesn’t know how to break it to her.

That’s pretty much it.

Drinking Buddy: Water

Two pints of beer cheersing with a "Denied" stamp over them

Harry was one of those YA characters who just kind of blend into the background of thousands of others I’ve read. He’s an aspiring writer and he’s gay. I finished this less than a week ago, and that’s all I can remember about him.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (alcohol, sexuality)

Grant was Harry’s first real beau, someone he thought he could build a future with. But then he just up and left town without so much as a word. Screw the guy, right? But now he’s back, full of smiles and excuses. And he wants to make things up to Harry. Show him how much he cares. How much he…loves Harry. Damn it, he’s ready to commit.

Of course, there’s also awkward surfer dude Logan, who just came to town and needs a local boy to show him the ropes. A handsome, loyal, smart, charming guy who’s making doe eyes at Harry. A guy who could really make someone happy.

How could Harry possibly choose?

Very hackneyed plot (I’m guilty of using it myself) and the all-male romantic triangle doesn’t make it any more original.

Talky Talk: 400 Pages

This was a big, thick book, and it could have stood to loose a little weight. There were a lot of scenes that didn’t advance the plot. Every chapter ended with an excerpt from Harry’s action packed script, and I started skipping them about halfway through.

Bonus Factor: Horrible Secret

Someone whispering in a person's ear

Harry’s best friend is Hailey. Hailey and her boyfriend Justin are that obnoxiously cute high school couple. In fact, Hailey has become kind of obsessed with winning ‘cutest couple’. And Justin’s okay, sure. But a friend of Harry’s lets slip something nasty: Justin cheated on Hailey. Just a one time thing. Probably.

So does Harry keep his mouth shut, hope Justin learned his lesson, and let it eat him up inside? Or does he tell Hailey the awful truth and destroy her world?

Bromance Status: Summer Fling

Light, fun, and enjoyable…but a one time thing.

Literary Matchmaking

Playing With Matches

My own book, Playing With Matches, is guilty of the ‘person who’s good for me vs. the person who’s hot’ trope.

You and Me and Him

You, Me and Him by Kris Dinnison, is about another LGBTQ love triangle.

Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams (Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years #2)

Brent Hartinger’s Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams is also about a gay screenwriter.

Brian wrote his first YA novel when he was down and out in Mexico. He now lives in Missouri with his wonderful wife and daughter. He divides his time between writing and working as a school librarian. Brian still misses the preachy YA books of the eighties.