Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 13 to 18
- Grade: 4
- Reading age: 9 to 10
After a fight at school leaves him expelled, Jorge Gomez starts training to become a pro wrestler and finds that he has the talent to make it a promising career. At his first wrestling show, he meets Thom, who is from a politically active upper middle-class family — and opposites attract. Before he knows it, Jorge has his first boyfriend. But he soon finds himself up against the ropes when he adopts a flamboyantly gay "bad guy" wrestling persona, and Thom accuses him of promoting homophobia. Jorge has to find a way to be true to himself as a successful gay athlete to save his career and his relationship.
About the author
TONY CORREIA lives in Vancouver, B.C. He has worked as a waiter, bartender, bouncer, barista, receptionist, and recently, a technical writer for a software company. His newspaper column, Queen's Logic, ran in Xtra! West for five years. He is the author of the Lorimer Real Love novel Same Love. His memoir Foodsluts at Doll & Penny's Cafe was published in 2012. Follow Tony on Twitter and Instagram @garpinbc or on his blog, www.everythingtonycorreia.com.
"I would hope that high school libraries and public libraries would include this novel in their collections for those hoping for a quick and engaging read. Recommended."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"This volume in the Real Love series successfully uses a high/low format that will appeal to reluctant readers as well as wrestling fans."
"This is a well told story of an up and coming wrestler as he faces many tough decisions along the way ... The writing style is fast paced, with a lot happening quickly ... Overall, True To You is a story about choices. It isn't always easy to make the right choice, and sometimes you need to admit defeat and decide how to move forward. Tony Correia does a good job of telling such a tale."
"... the plot moves along quickly. I think this novel is best suited to high school students who may struggle with anger management, or who may want to learn more about exploring their sexuality and relationships. Rated G: Good, even great at times, generally useful!"
"The romance stories in Lorimer's Real Love series reflect the diverse world that teens live in — at a reading level for emerging readers."