I am 50% in and I must to stop reading for the reasons of sanity.
There is no plot, the story simply goes from one date to another. There is a lot of (way over the top for my personal comfort) whining and hinting at some gay bashing incident that we are yet to be let on. Tom is perpetually scared and miserable (granted, understandable, but too drawn out), hiding the fact that he is gay from everyone for the past 16 years.
Well, dang... Don't feel comfortable in Texas? There are other states, all 49 of them. Plus the rest of the world.
I feel claustrophobic stuck inside Tom's head - he doesn't let the reader out much, making sure we don't miss a single complaint. He is miserable and we must be too, along with him.
There is a lot of mentioning how good and helpful people of a certain town in Texas are, yet there is also mentioning on how eager they will be to do you harm if they knew you were gay. What a cheerful, helpful and caring bunch! Yeah!!! *waves flags and blows horns* ...not really.
Picked it up the book again today while "at sea" (been cruising the Caribbean). What the difference! The second half was amazing. Loved it! Just wish the author skipped about 200 pages in the first half (600 total on my iBooks).
Total - 3.7 stars. Rounding down, since the profound boredom of the first half is still too vivid (oxymoron? O.o - lol) in my mind.