Jorge Gomez is a gay teen from a working-class family who is expelled from school after fighting with bullies on behalf of another kid. He starts training to become a pro wrestler, and finds that he has the talent that could make it a promising career. At the first wrestling show Jorge attends, he meets Thom, who is from a politically active upper middle-class family. It's a case of opposites attracting, but Jorge feels threatened when he learns that Thom's ex-boyfriend is determined to win Thom back.
Jorge tries to reconcile his sexual orientation with the image and loyalty demanded of a career as a wrestler. Looking to jumpstart his career, he switches to a wrestling club that promises to make him a star. When he adopts a flamboyantly gay "bad guy" wrestling persona, Thom calls him out for promoting homophobia. Jorge reacts badly with the result that he is kicked out of the club and is dumped by Thom. The crisis leads Jorge to find a way to be true to himself and who he is, and to reconcile with Thom.
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.
"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 romance stories in Lorimer's Real Love series reflect the diverse world that teens live in — at a reading level for emerging readers."
"This volume in the Real Love series successfully uses a high/low format that will appeal to reluctant readers as well as wrestling fans."
"... 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!"
"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."