SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN by Sloan Parker
Something to Believe In by Sloan Parker
Reviewed by Cassie
Kicked out for being gay, Sean Weber has spent the last two years struggling to survive. After losing his job, he ends up on the streets, hustling for a living. It’s a miserable, lonely life—until he meets Gavin. Tough, streetwise Gavin makes the misery bearable, even though Sean has to hide how he feels about his friend.
Sean is determined to get off the streets. He earns his GED, and when Gavin gets a large sum of money from a week-long trick they have some time to breathe. Can they find a way to a better life together?
Something to Believe In is an emotional holiday tale with a bit of a bittersweet edge to it. It was easy to sympathize with Sean and Gavin. Both ended up on the streets due to their families. Both are trying to get by the only ways they can, yet they are strong enough not to turn to drugs or alcohol. The depictions of what life is like for a homeless young man are heart-wrenching. Gavin’s windfall seemed a bit unrealistic, but I was enjoying the story enough to suspend disbelief. The last part of the story is sweet, and while I felt that both Sean and Gavin would have a lot of issues to work through, I wanted to believe they could stay together and have normal, happy lives. Something to Believe In definitely has the “aww” factor without being too cheesy.