Reviewed: 2012-06-24 - (Review Updated: 2012-06-29)
Well written coming of age story about a young artist starting college. It covers much of the angst and uncertainty a student often feels when leaving the familiar home environment to go to college, even one who wants to leave that home environment. The college experience is not living up to Tony's expectations and he contemplates quitting but he meets some rather special friends who help him get through the tough times of his first year. The book explores the main characters well and includes some promising ones for sequels. The sex scenes are well done and fit well with the storyline and more important - there is a strong story line! If you are a fan of coming of age stories that include romance and of course some sex this will appeal to you.
Update. I finished the whole Model Student posting on SOL and I'm still very impressed. The relationships have gotten stronger and more complex. The plot continues to be a really nicely done coming of age, and the author has kept descriptions of making love to appropriate points. We've gotten to know more of the characters' families and have found some new friends.
If you are a romance fan and remember those uncertain days as you grew from a teenager to an adult, especially if you weren't part of the stereotypical high school a-list, I'm sure you'll enjoy this story.
Reviews of 'in progress' pieces bother me as I worry - irrationally - that I'll jinx the good ones. Gotta do it though - Model Student is powerfully good.
The author shares knowledge along with the story. Painting and art in general really add to plot. Reminiscent of _Opus One_in the telling. College is the backdrop. Lots of angst and emotional turmoil which seems to fit becayse it's college.
Some serious heat as the lead characters learn about... lots of stuff. Not a stroke but more than enough - imho.
Also tackles tough subjects which helps story immensely.
Author notes keep you appraised which is helpful. This story is why dedicated readers love SOL.