Book Reviews

Diary of a Teenage Taxidermist by K.A. Merikan at Acerbi & Villani

Genre Gay / Contemporary / New Adult / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-November-2014

Book Blurb

--- Too cool for school. ---

Ethan is a levelheaded, some might say ‘antisocial’, young artist-entrepreneur with a love for quirky taxidermy. He is close to graduating high school and at a crossroads. All he wants is to develop his business further, yet all his parents want is for him to go to law school. That is more than enough problems for Ethan, so any kind of love life is off his agenda. That is until Robert Hunter, the quarterback of the football team, comes crashing into him. Literally.

Robert drifts along in high school. He has good grades, he’s getting ready for med school, he’s even leaving potentially problematic dating until college. He’s gay, not ashamed of it, but he doesn’t want to stir up any trouble. His carefully laid plans might just go completely off the rails though, when he drinks too much at a party and causes irreversible damage to Ethan, the school’s weirdo.

Robert has to face the fact that maybe he isn’t the good guy he always considered himself to be. And maybe he doesn’t want to go to med school. And maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t actually want to wait with dating until college.


Themes: First love, virginity, bullying, fitting in, entrepreneurship, disability, high school, jock/goth, taxidermy, artist, blackmail

Erotic content: explicit sex scenes, dub-con

Genre: New Adult homoerotic romance


Book Review

The title of this book alone is a dead giveaway that the story contained inside its pages is of the quirky kind. I just had no idea exactly how quirky, until I read the blurb, followed, of course, by the entire book. I mean how could I resist? A teenager in his final year of high school who is into taxidermy is unusual enough. Add the fact he has enough talent to build a business based on his extraordinary talent, and the sheer guts it takes to realize his somewhat strange ideas, and you have a character I wanted to know more about. Having him partner up, totally unwillingly, with the school quarterback could either end in total catastrophe, or become a tale of the strangely humorous kind that I have come to expect from K.A. Merikan. Needless to say, all my expectations were met—and then some!

Ethan may seem levelheaded at first glance, and he is definitely creative and talented in taxidermy, but he is also a master manipulator. With parents who keep pushing him to become a lawyer when he clearly has no interest in that field at all, I guess Ethan has had to develop a defense mechanism. And as tragic as what happens to him is, and it really is pretty serious with implications way beyond the initial shock, I still thought he was a little sh*t for using his condition to make Robert do exactly what he wants him to do. Far from being a victim of fate’s cruelty, Ethan rises to take his fate into his own hands. He overcomes a ton of obstacles, and I had to admire him for his courage and perseverance.

Robert starts out as a directionless teenager. He is the quarterback, has good enough grades to be able to consider med school, and his plan for the future is clear. And then it all falls apart when his and Ethan’s fate become entangled in a way that turns Robert’s life upside down and inside out. Not overnight, some of the effects are quite gradual, but as he and Ethan get to know each other better, their relationship changes into something deeper and more meaningful. At the same time Robert begins to reconsider his plans, and the only thing holding him back is his own stubborn rigidity. He has as much to learn as Ethan.

This is a story of two young men who set out to follow their dreams, only to learn that sometimes adapting to new facts is what they need to do as they grow up. It is also a love story of the unusual kind, and one with deep moral and morality issues that sort of sneaked up on me as I read. If you like the sort of story that will grab you and not let go, if unusual, quirky, and flawed characters are your thing, and if you’re looking for a sometimes creepy and always hot romance between young men about to become adults in more than name, then you will probably enjoy this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 90000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-October-2014
Price $4.99 ebook
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