I’ve learned from experience that when I start reading just about any book written by KZ Snow, I better have nothing else happening around me, because I’m going to be in it for an amazing treat. I immediately become captivated with her characters and sit at the edge of my seat as the storyline unfolds. This was also true when I started reading, The Zero Knot. Once I started, I read the book through without interruption. The characters are interesting and wonderfully flawed people, and before I knew it I was wrapped up into their compelling, beautiful story that I highly recommend and thoroughly enjoyed reading.
The Zero Knot is a coming of age story between Jess and Dylan (Mig). At first glance, both characters look to be total opposites. Jess is an extroverted party boy who is excited to get away from small town life. His attraction to his friend, Dylan is somewhat unsettling for him, as is the physical attraction he has for Dylan. Although, the quiet and shy Dylan is somewhat more comfortable in his skin, he wants more to life than sleeping with numerous guys; he wants the real thing…true Love. Even with Jess being more outgoing and Dylan being shy, they fit very well together. But, as they start becoming more aware of their mutual attraction and the emotional pull they have for one another they must also take a long, hard look at themselves and the people around them. As they slowly start exploring their feelings, there are many obstacles they must overcome and a lot of soul searching they must do. Will they be able to find the strength to work through everything to be together?
I really loved this story. Ms. Snow really catches the small town feel of the story. There is a lot our heroes must overcome as the story progresses. Even though they are excited about graduating from high school, they are still very inexperienced with life. They must work through preconceived notions, jealousy and working through the uncertainty of falling in love. I thought all of the characters in this book really added to the depth of the story itself made the teenaged angst that Dylan and Jess have to go through read even more realistic. In the end I loved the charm and complexity of the novel and the way both characters really evolved and matured as the story progressed. I think it’s a book that most of us will be able to relate to, and long after the book was finished, Jess and Dylan still lived in my heart.
Eighteen-year-old Jess Bonner is casting off pretense-and, with it, some friends from his past who aren't particularly trustworthy. In just a few months he'll be starting college, and it's time for him to admit the truth: he's gay, not bi, and only one of his old friends holds any kind of real interest for him. When Dylan Finch, aka Mig, follows his lead and puts some distance between himself and the old crowd, he and Jess give in to a mutual attraction that's been building for years.
But navigating a fledgling relationship isn't easy for beginners, and forces they can't seem to control keep tripping them up: sexual appetite, personal insecurities, fear of discovery, and more. They need clarity. They need courage. Just as they're on the verge of finding both, a vindictive act of jealousy sends one of them to jail. All their hard-won victories are in danger of falling to dust. And the only way to save what they have is to recognize it for what it is. and fight for its integrity.