Dean Amory's Young Love Novels "A Schoolyard Love Story" and "First Love's Shadow" are now also available in one volume, which really is good news, because these amazing straight-up fantasy-free dating tales without zombies, vampires, paranormal gifts, unexpected wealth and other crazy crazes, that tell about real people making the best of life in a real world, is what we need to reflect on the young love subject in an objective way. In short: this is the stuff that gets our heart beating.
In "A schoolyard Love Story", Dean Amory tells us the story of Sean and Katherine. Katherine joins Sean's class at the beginning of the new school year. The two 16 year olds fall for each other almost instantly. But what starts as a promising experience, turns in the most devastating and exhausting time of their lifes when Katherine succumbs to the pressure exercised on her by teachers and relatives and breaks up, only to discover how impossible it is to get over her breakup and continue her life without Sean.
Trapped into an ambigious and exhausting relationship, both young people start their summer vacation with mixed feelings, leaving us wondering about what will happen after the holidays, when they return to school for the last year. Are second chances possible? Will they overcome the obstacles and the hurt and return to each other, even at the risk of getting their heart broken again, or will the new year bring new solutions, and maybe even new love?
This is why the boxset volume including both "A Schoolyard Love Story" and its sequel "First Love's Shadow" is such a great idea: after everything that's happened in the first story, it's just impossible to leave Sean and Katherine at that point in their lifes without finding out whether the two end up together and how both teens find their place in life.