Title: The Fault List
Genre: LGBT YA
Ben Callihan just wants his junior year of high school to be normal. Already dealing with the struggle to stay in the closet, he now has to add epilepsy to his plate. Funny, he had always thought that being gay would be what made him an outcast to his classmates. Having no one to turn to, Ben prepares for the longest school year of his life. Then he meets Mitchell.
Mitchell is a senior in high school and has problems of his own: A father who drinks too much and is too free with his fists, depression, and still hurting from a past relationship that didn’t end well.
Ben’s parents are suffocating him. Ever since he started having seizures, they had been watching him like they expected him to have another episode at any moment. So he is thrilled when they let him tutor Mitchell in Math in exchange for guitar lessons. Anything to get him out of the house. And Mitchell is pretty cute, too.
What starts out as a friendship grows stronger until Mitchell finally takes a chance one afternoon, despite the pain from his past. Ben is different. Ben won’t hurt him.
They keep their new relationship a secret, but secrets don’t last forever and classmates are cruel. ’Keep your head down and ignore them’ is Ben’s motto. But Mitchell has a harder time of it. Seeing Ben get beat up on account of him is more than he can take…