Inspired by real historical evidence that Abraham Lincoln was in love—romantic love—with another man, this debut young adult novel was too controversial for traditional publishing.
Wyatt is fifteen, and nobody in his homophobic small town of Lincolnville, Oregon, knows that he’s Gay. Not even his best friend (and accidental girlfriend) Mackenzie. Then he discovers a secret from actual history: Abraham Lincoln was in love with another guy! Since everyone loves Lincoln, Wyatt’s sure that if the world knew about it, they would treat Gay people differently and it would solve everything about his life. So Wyatt outs Lincoln online, triggering a media firestorm that threatens to destroy everything he cares about—and he has to pretend more than ever that he’s straight… Only then, he meets Martin, who is openly Gay and who just might be the guy Wyatt’s been hoping to find.
I enjoyed this book very much. Every young LGBT person should read this thought-provoking, heartfelt, informative novel, as well as any adult who enjoys a well-written story that mixes interesting historical facts with coming-of-age innocence. Lee Wind has done a terrific job with his first novel and I look forward to reading many more.