Black Sheep: Loving in the Present

“From the moment I started until the last page was turned, I was in a state of unease. I was aghast with what I was reading, but I could not stop even as my heart was breaking with every word I read”
LeAnn’s Book Reviews

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“Reminiscent of Girl Interrupted or Manic, her story questions how do you help those that cannot help themselves? How can you help them see that they are able to help themselves? How do you help them turn ‘I cannot’ into ‘I can.’”
Rainbow Book Reviews

Loving in the Present is the second novella in the Black Sheep trilogy.

Black Sheep Trilogy is a Young Adult title that deals with heavy subjects but has little cursing and no sex.

Vic has taken a turn for the worse and is back in the psychiatric hospital. Jack gets kicked out of his house when his parents find out that he is gay. The reason Adam is not getting better is revealed. And that is just the beginning.

Everybody is lost and trying to not let life spiral out of control. Jack moves in with Vic’s family, making it his temporary home until he can move in with his brother and sister. Vic’s health doesn’t improve until he hears about Adam, at which point he puts his mind to getting better. Adam on the other hand is fighting his own feelings about Vic’s illness and questions their friendship.

When Vic and Jack visit Adam and Tom for Tom’s birthday, it seems like a great way to let loose, but Vic is hiding more secrets than anyone knew and when they are exposed the situation explodes. Vic storms off in anger and seeks solace in dangerous places and, unknowingly, putting not just himself, but Jack, too, at risk.


“I actually believe Kia Zi Shiru is attempting something incredibly brave with this series in tackling what many might consider a taboo subject, that of the high suicide rate and tendency to self-harm inherent within the Goth culture. Yet, she does it in a way that manages always to be compassionate and never once judgmental.”
Blog Critics

“This book is a strong, necessary read which I feel should be on the shelves of every high school library and a must-read for anyone attempting to shed light on the enigmatic mind of a struggling teen.”
Rainbow Book Reviews