Wow! I do not like angst, so I have been avoiding this book for awhile. I decided to dig in because it's BOM in the m/m romance group. I'm very impressed that the author was able to grab me from the very beginning and never lost me. I stayed up til 1 a.m. last night reading and finished it this morning. I really loved it. Despite the dark subject matter, I always felt really drawn to the characters. I think it was Spencer, who had a lighter storyline throughout, despite his deafness, that made Aaron's story more bearable. I loved seeing Aaron break through his shell for Spencer. The relationship was slowly developed over a period of time and it felt natural and not rushed.
I'd read in other comments about his mother's extreme reaction, and I feared she was going to be against Aaron and Spencer's gay relationship, and I was dreading that part. But that was not what happened. She was against Aaron's therapist and I felt that angst plot point did make sense to me and was satisfactorily resolved without unwarranted ridiculousness.
A full five stars from me--first, for making me love, and stay engaged with, an angsty book. But mostly for the excellent job the author did handling the plotline, the flow and the characters. I really ended up loving Aaron and Spencer and being very moved by their story.