Shane Martinelli and William Houghton come from very different backgrounds They meet at a high end summer camp in the Adirondacks, where Shane works as a lifeguard to earn some money and begin saving for college William is one of the guests, and he doesn t want to be there As far as William knows, his father only dumped him at the camp so he could spend time with his latest mistress When Shane figures out William can t swim, he offers to teach him William enthusiastically responds, but when an unexpected storm blows in, William is caught in the water and Shane comes to his rescue They barely reach shore before lightning strikes the dock close enough to damage Shane s hearingThe following summer both boys return to the camp Shane doesn t let his use of hearing aids stand in his way William is now a counselor in training The attraction between them is undeniable, but how can they possibly make it work Once camp is over, a week at William s family home in the Hamptons will determine if the love that bloomed at the lake can survive in the real world


10 thoughts on “At the Lake

  1. Serena Yates Serena Yates says:

    Growing up is hard, and doing it while realizing you re different from most people around you makes it evendifficult Shane and William are two boys about to become men when they meet at summer camp, and while their personal backgrounds and families are very different, they have one thing in common they are beginning to realize they are attracted to each other With his trademark sensitivity, Geoff Laughton has created an amazing story about coming of age, dealing with the realities of li Growing up is hard, and doing it while realizing you re different from most people around you makes it evendifficult Shane and William are two boys about to become men when they meet at summer camp, and while their personal backgrounds and families are very different, they have one thing in common they are beginning to realize they are attracted to each other With his trademark sensitivity, Geoff Laughton has created an amazing story about coming of age, dealing with the realities of life, and the beginnings of a love that will hopefully grow and mature as these young men develop into well adjusted adults.Shane works as a life guard to earn some money for college He is very enthusiastic about his job, takes his duties seriously, and truly cares about all the boys When he manages to pull one of thereluctant campers out of his shell by teaching him to swim, a friendship begins to form and even the tragic accident that costs Shane a large part of his hearing can t stop him and William from reconnecting a year later Things have changed Shane is a counselor in training, seventeen, and only a year away from college William has really grown and is much wiser than the average sixteen year old They want to be together all the time to explore the feelings between them, but they need to be careful about not crossing the line between Shane being a staff member and William a guest The realities of life are tough for both of them to deal with.This is a warm, gentle story in a great setting, a slowly unfolding romance between two young men about to grow up, and a fascinating character study all at the same time Shane deals with his hearing loss in a very adult way by acknowledging his anger, then dealing with the consequences rather than focusing on what could have been William learns that people exist who love and accept him just the way he is And the book is filled with wonderful supporting characters from the boys parents to Shane s fellow counselors, as well as some of the younger boys at the camp A group of truly stunning people even the weird and nasty ones If you like young adult romances that center around dealing with who you really are, if you want to know what it s like for two young gay men to figure out their place in the world and what they want to do with their lives, and if you re looking for a sweet read with a lot of tenderness and some very loving moments, then you will probably enjoy this novel I loved it and, like with all of Geoff Laughton s Young Adult books, can only hope there will be a sequel to see what life is like for these young men once they make it to college.NOTE This book was provided by harmony Ink Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews


  2. Riina Y.T. Riina Y.T. says:

    Two boys one lake and a special bond And 200 happy campers D Gods, I adore Shane to bits, and William too What lovely, lovely boys Honestly, this was beautiful It was the right amount of everything The boys were sweet, insecure and found something special Their friendship was just so great to watch, so tender and precious I loved the pace of the story too, we get too see a lot without it being drawn out And even though I still want , I think the length is quite perfect I got all m Two boys one lake and a special bond And 200 happy campers D Gods, I adore Shane to bits, and William too What lovely, lovely boys Honestly, this was beautiful It was the right amount of everything The boys were sweet, insecure and found something special Their friendship was just so great to watch, so tender and precious I loved the pace of the story too, we get too see a lot without it being drawn out And even though I still want , I think the length is quite perfect I got all misty eyed when I reached the epilogue That only happens when characters really grow on me, and I can say, those two wormed their way into my heart fast and good I imagine their lake camp something like this Maybe it s not that sparkly there, but that s what I feel right now Happy and sparkly and so wonderfully warm inside


  3. Arch Bala Arch Bala says:

    One of the reasons I m not big on Young Adult stories is the fact that it always has an HFN ending At the Lake is no exception.Sixteen year old Shane Martinelli works as a lifeguard at a summer camp for the rich kids This is where he met William Houghton who got sent by his father to spend the whole summer at the camp William is all by himself because he doesn t know how to swim until Shane offered to give him lessons Friendship blossomed between them with Shane even saving William s life A One of the reasons I m not big on Young Adult stories is the fact that it always has an HFN ending At the Lake is no exception.Sixteen year old Shane Martinelli works as a lifeguard at a summer camp for the rich kids This is where he met William Houghton who got sent by his father to spend the whole summer at the camp William is all by himself because he doesn t know how to swim until Shane offered to give him lessons Friendship blossomed between them with Shane even saving William s life A year after when both teens returns at the camp, their friendship and newly discovered common secret turns into exploration of their sexuality, feelings and future dreams.I actually find the story a bit too subdued for my liking I mean I loved the reality of the whole story telling but I was still yearning forI loved the reality of the whole setting though One of the best things about it is that it s not trying to uberly impress its readers by big words and over the top plot lines The characters, dialogues and even the circumstances surrounding both teens are all too real In short, it s not pretentious I loved that most about it but it may also be the bit part of its downside I feel like there should ve beenat the latter part of the story It was rushed and may have finished a bit too quickly.As a whole though, I d say that this is still a wonderful read a well written story about the beauty of young love It s definitely worth recommending Rating 4 out of 5 stars


  4. Brian Brian says:

    This was a sweet, cute story The only significant flaw was that some of the dialogue and narration was a bit awkward and repetitive.


  5. Amy Amy says:

    I d love to see these two 5 10 years into the future


  6. Amy Dufera Amy Dufera says:

    At The Lake is a wonderful young adult, coming of age story.It s Shane s first time working at the summer camp and Shane takes the younger William under his wing He helps teach William to swim and make friends When an accident causes Shane to lose some of his hearing, the boys have some things to deal with, guilt, blame, andThis part is well explored, interesting, and drives a lot of the story.I enjoyed every bit of this young adult story The two boys share their attraction to one anot At The Lake is a wonderful young adult, coming of age story.It s Shane s first time working at the summer camp and Shane takes the younger William under his wing He helps teach William to swim and make friends When an accident causes Shane to lose some of his hearing, the boys have some things to deal with, guilt, blame, andThis part is well explored, interesting, and drives a lot of the story.I enjoyed every bit of this young adult story The two boys share their attraction to one another, but have to deal with the fact that Shane s a counselor, while William s a camper Forbidden relationship for sure, as well as confusing.The idea of feeling different is well crafted, written with nurturing and care Their story is a sweet and tender coming of age story with a camp atmosphere that s impressively developed and becomes a character of it s own.I love At The Lake Geoff Laughton has created a compelling and honest coming of age story


  7. Steph ☀️ Steph ☀️ says:

    Not too bad.To be honest this was a good book up until a certain point and then I just felt like it dragged on and wouldn t stop Other times it felt like it was going fast Therefore I felt that the flow of this book was a little bit wonky In fact, I did end up scanning the last two chapters.In addition, it was hard for me to get into the groove of the story and on top of that I didn t feel connection between the two MCs Not to mention, I felt at times that Shane was a parrot repeating ce Not too bad.To be honest this was a good book up until a certain point and then I just felt like it dragged on and wouldn t stop Other times it felt like it was going fast Therefore I felt that the flow of this book was a little bit wonky In fact, I did end up scanning the last two chapters.In addition, it was hard for me to get into the groove of the story and on top of that I didn t feel connection between the two MCs Not to mention, I felt at times that Shane was a parrot repeating certain things a bitthan needed Other than I was a really cute story and had a happy for now ending


  8. Nuria Nuria says:

    3 3.5 starsSweet and fairly quick read The writing is not my favourite and a lot of the drama if you want to call it that seemed quite fabricated and forced But oh well, sometimes I dig some cheap angst It s a nice, sweet read, no literary masterpiece, but I wasn t looking for one, so I m good


  9. Bubba Bubba says:

    This is my second book by this author The second one was a good as the first.


  10. Lori Lori says:

    Dnf so no rating Another book that I can t quite work out why it didn t work for me but it didn t.