Firstly, I've read up to 5 chapters and within those chapters I related to the protagonist more then once. Dealing with your sexuality in an emotionally, physically, and abusive home is hard and I feel as if you really tried to show us, the readers, that. Whenever the protagonists returned home, it was like he was entering hell, leaving all hope he had outside on the lawn. You could see his suffering. Thank you for sharing a message of pain, love, and healing.
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Now, here are my suggestions about things you should consider trying to edit!
Continuously throughout the first 5 chapters, the protagonist is always telling us about a person instead of allowing the reader to form their own opinion about a character. Show, don't tell. Don't tell me Sidney is a messy person. Show me his messy room or messy locker. This'll help to make your characters seem more "real" because they felt super robotic.
Also, it may not seem like it needs to be done, but please do your research about emotionally abusive parents and apply that knowledge into Nico's mother and father. I promise you, they will seem more real and more evil then they already are. Allow the reader to see how degrading and manipulative they are. Maybe they're narcissistic? Who knows? Just try to make your characters more realistic instead of so stiff and robotic. If you read the comments I wrote in the story you'll understand what I'm trying to say.
Just as you would look up traits of narcissistic and emotionally abusive parents, look up traits of victims of an emotionally abusive parent and stick them right into Nico. As someone who's come from that sort of household, you don't realize you're being abused. It's just something normal until someone calls it out. It hard to acknowledge it and talk about it. Appeal to the readers emotion. Let us empathise with Nico at his lack of knowledge of the abuse.
Ryan is like my favorite character thus far. I love him, but I hope that he doesn't "save" Nico. I hope Nico saves himself. Break away from the cliche! I love this book and I'd hate for it to be another boy version of the typical jock saves abused girl.
Your message is so beautiful and I just want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this story with the world. It has my heart and my ultimate respect. Keep writing, reading, and edit, edit, edit! Never give up because you are an amazing writer. After a good polish, this story will be a masterpiece.