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"Erik & Isabelle (Freshman Year at Foresthill High)" 
By Kim Wallace 
Review By: Joe Wright / Mountman

Erik & Isabelle is from Foglight Press. “About the Author: Kim Wallace began writing the Erik & Isabelle four-book series after ten years of working as a high school English teacher.”

This first installment of the four book series, “Freshman Year at Foresthill High”, introduces us to the two well-developed characters, Erik & Isabelle. Erik is a high school freshman struggling with his sexuality whose father is military in every way. Erik is also one of the best runners on the track team. Throughout the book Erik deals with the anti-gay harassments from bullies at school. One of 

the reasons these harassments occur  is Erik’s best friend, Isabelle, is a strong-willed, out lesbian.

Their first year at high school they both find love, drama, heartache, loneliness, and friendship. Erik's lonely attempt for personal reconciliation is in contrast to Isabelle's out life experiences with love and break-up. Today's issues and social condition are aptly and realistically brought to view. While many things have changed in school environments since my school days, (My freshman year was in ’71-’72. Isabelle is the only gay person that is all the way out in their conservative school. We had one that was really out.), some remain the same. 

The story is great for all ages. Teenagers have characters of their own age with whom they can relate, while my generation can remember their own high school years. Both in a familiar and supportive light. You do get both ends of the socially reactive spectrum. Erik’s father is as conservative as they come, while Isabelle’s family celebrates and embraces their daughter for who she is. The progression and story in itself deliver a power message of the necessity of self acceptance and determination. 

I am ready for the next book. Erik & Isabelle have the drawing power of a Beverly Hills 90210, but with a gay twist. Be sure to pick this one up and you will see what I mean. Also be prepared for the strong anticipation of the next book. Further enhancing the value of the work, a reproducible curriculum guide is available to educators or groups.

Visit the Fog Light Press website.

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