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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  682 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Warren and Silas meet for the first time at the age of five. It doesn't go well.

When they reach junior high they have a truce in place and Tal, a new guy in their class, acts as a catalyst, bringing them together as best friends. Together all through high school, they survive school plays, Tal's girlfriends, Silas' boyfriend and Warren's endless studying. College is more o
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ebook, 178 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Torquere Press (first published June 2011)
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T.A. Webb
This look has all the feel of a Chris Owen book, but a totally different storyline. Warren and Silas meet when they are five years old. and instantly bond (with a child's love/hate relationship). Warren is an intellectual introvert, and Silas is a carefree spirit, liked by everyone. The pair bond with Tal, who completes the friendship by balancing the two extremes out. As the years progress, Tal becomes obsessed with girls and their girly parts, while Silas goes the other way. Warren, well, he w ...more
Kaje Harper
This book goes right up near the top of my friends-to-lovers list. It begins like a great YA novel with Silas and Warren as children, but eventually moves into definitely adult territory. This is a book about self-discovery and taking time, about mistakes and expectations, about friendship and sweet love. It's one of those books that dragged me in so deep I resented everything that took me away from it, including my own writing. Chris Owen has a gift for creating characters who are not perfect a ...more
MsMiz (Tina)
This was so wonderfully...oh how do I say this without making the book sound sappy sweet. It is delightful, fresh, and I was just happy to read it. There was no real angst...there was no sappy stuff, just a nice story about 3 best friends, 2 of which fall in love.
Jenre
Why I bought the book: This is a recent purchase and I think I got it because it sounded a cute read. Plus I generally like Chris Owen's books.

Plot: The story is a gentle meandering tale of three boys who become friends at school. One, Tal, is very definitely straight, one, Silas, very definitely gay and the third, Warren, just not interested in anything other than his studies. The story follows the boys through their years together and finishes during their final year of College. There's romanc
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Natalie
This was a sweet story, and I enjoyed reading it. My rating reflects my personal preference for a higher level of intensity (both sexual and emotional), which this didn't meet. It's a very atypical Chris Owen book in that respect.
Valentina Heart
Reading this was very frustrating. I am one of those people who actually think about the rating while reading something. It's probably a bad habit, but it's what GR does to you.

While reading this I kept changing my mind between three stars and four. The reason? Well, there are a few. First of all, this book dragged. The childhood part just wouldn't end and it easily took over the first half of the story. But at the same time, without that beginning I'm sure I wouldn't have appreciated all three
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Snowtulip
I am such a sucker for friendship stories! I loved seeing the commitment and loyalty of these three young men. The story is a feel good read in that it showed us snapshots of only the good things in life and left out all the rest. Sometimes you need that!

The romance was definately tentative, but I appreciated the time it took for this aspect of the story to move forward and I enjoyed seeing the love start to bloom. An enjoyable read!
Edina Rose
Childhood friends discover they are soul mates when they are attending university.

This is supposed to be a romance, but it is mostly a book about friendship and the romance part is quite smallish.

The Plus: It is actually the story of THREE boys, best friends, who grew up together and preserve the deep bond of friendship through the years. The story goes from the kindergarten years to university years. Two of them will end up being in love with each other and will have their happy end. The thir
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Kassa
Prove It is a sweet tale, filled with a lot of humor and background. It’s short and easy to read in one sitting, but the romantic connection never really worked for me. I like the slow build up and the extensive background information on all the characters. I like the use of the third best friend and his gf quite a bit but overall the main romantic connection felt more like an afterthought and awkward than real and important. I still enjoyed reading this story for a number of reasons but never r ...more
Mouse
I LOVED this book. I finished with a dreamy sigh and wanted to start over. There were several scenes that shined.

The things I loved about this book:

The love felt real. It built and took you along for the ride. As the reader, I fell in love with the characters as they fell in love with each other.

Also, the friendship between the three men is fantastic. It felt ‘manly’ and yet, was emotional too. A perfect blend.

I do also love that there was very little angst (I’m a big fan of angst, normally) and
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Arthur
I've read many childhood-friends-become-gay-lovers stories. A lot. And this one still blew me away in many fronts. In its sweetness--not in a sappy way, but in romantic way. The friendships. Not only between the lovers, but also among the three main characters. (So happy the author didn't make the three men love each other and engage in menage). The persistence. Not in stalking-kind, but in commitment-way.

Warren and Silas have known each other since they were five years old. They went to school
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Lauraadriana
Warren and Silas have been friend since they were five years old. Silas is one of those charmed people that thing just happen for...Warren is a quiet brilliant boy who works hard at his success.

The love each other as friends for so long and they take their time to figure how to explore being together. It was a lovely story of growing up and learning what's important, and how to work to get it.

I loved it.
Lasha
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J. Bailey
I LOVED this book. Would it be considered romance? Maybe not. It's not really coming-of-age, either, though it has elements of both. It's a story about the ways in which relationships are built and how they change as people develop.
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There were no wasted characters, not even random names mentioned. Everyone had a role in moving the plot forward and creating dynamic characters. Even Tal, who in many ways could be mistakenly viewed as a third wheel to Silas and Warren's romantic relationship was i
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blub
This was sweet story about childhood friends become lovers. Personally I feel that for those who haven't yet read any glbt stories or read yaoi before this maybe one good book to pick up and read. It fairly light in details about sexual encounters compared to other books.

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Jerry
4 stars. A definite tear jerker. Very nice slow buildup from preschool to grad school. Hard to imagine college kids with that much self control. Warren yes, Silas no. But when you have your goal in sight and know what you have to do to achieve it, then maybe so. Would love to visit them in a few years. Being best friends for most of your formative years is great to know each other, living with such a tightly controlled person like Warren day in and year in wold be trying on any relationship. Cou ...more
Anna D.
4.5 stars. I so enjoyed this story :)

What a lovely book! I LOVE friends-to-lovers stories! The only thing I felt was missing for this YA/NA book is the angst. The period in which Silas was proving his love to Warren was short and really lacked that strong uncomfortable feeling of doubt mixed with wanting that Silas and Warren should have been enveloped in. I didn’t get the feeling of an emotional roller coaster that I expect and wanted. Seriously, where was the angst?!?!?

For the most part, this
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~♥I_Luv_2_Read♥~
I loved it! It wasn't sickeningly sweet and fluffy, yet there wasn't any angst either. It was just sweet enough to make me really like it. I loved the movie watching in the garage and the references to Stand By Me. (a favorite movie of mine) I loved how the boys interacted together and one on one. I also really liked Olivia!

Reading this book felt like I was really following along on 3 best friends growing up. 4.5 Stars!
Christy Loves 2 Read
Loved it, loved it, loved it! A little different from the other Chris Owens' books that I have read but in no way was that a bad thing. This shared the story of two boys who met at age 5, despised each other, liked each other, fought, made up, met the third musketeer in junior high and never looked back.
It's a great story about friendship and love. But, mostly, it's about love.
Blue Bayou .
I adore the Bareback series. Bareback was 'heavy' for me, this felt 'light'. I saw the friendship however I didnt see the change that led from love to in-love. It almost felt like because they were gay they were to be together. However, I did enjoy the book. I really like the friendship between the three boys/men and how they related to one another.
Jess
Im a bit devastated that I didnt like this story more :(

It just seemed very long and dragged on in places. We literally see their lives from age 5 till 23ish.... all in 82 pages (pdf pages).

I thought it would have been better to cut out alot of the childhood and concentrate on adulthood more....

Nadine
This story worked really well for me. I liked the slow built up for Silas' and Warren's relationship,how they started as friends and became more later. What I especially liked about this book was the emphasize on the friendship between the two guys (and later Tal's girlfriend Olivia)!
Shakisha
This was such a sweet story....I think I needed an Epilogue or maybe another book as much build up to the relationship as there was I didn't really get to see them function in a proper relationship so I feel kinda cheated.....that only means I really loved this story and just want more
Susan65
Not as good as Im used to by Chris Owen. Felt more like a teenage book...maybe it was and I missed that part of the discription. Was not bad but not what I was expecting.
Ana
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Vio
Jul 16, 2011 Vio rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sweet
Enjoyable and a fun read, totally refreshing and I wasn't bored for a minute. Sequel maybe, hopefully?
Michael Thompson
Another keeper from Chris Owen

Prove It ....has "proven" to me once again what an excellent writer Chris Owen truly is!

A beautifully written story of friendship and love. Chris Owen does a excellent job of storytelling. Over the span of time from the camp outs days in the back yard to the liberating days of college life, three childhood friendships come full circle.

A great story of true lasting friendships and requited love. Who could ask for anything more?

GREAT JOB..... Chris Owen, you've "pro
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Duck
After the Bareback series, I was a little skeptical about trying a Chris Owen book again. I HATED Tor.

That being said, I liked some aspects about Prove It. Other aspects just irritated the cap out of me.

Liked: I'm a sucker for the childhood friends to lovers trope, and I enjoyed witnessing how this one played out.

Didn't Like: Tal and then Olivia. I could understand Tal acting as a mediator when the boys were younger, but once they entered college I don't feel he had any reason to be involved in
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Bee
A really sweet story with a lot of spot on everyday realism...it just didn't really go anywhere. The story was lovely and everything was perfectly fine, I just missed some sort of tension because at the end of the book nothing felt resolved, because the reader was assured of where the story was headed from the very beginning. I love to know what to expect, I just wish for something on the way there to surprise me. The goal isn't as important as the road there, and it was a pleasant journey...jus ...more
Tam
Jul 18, 2011 Tam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars

Warren and Silas have been friends since pre-school. They are opposites, Warren likes calm and order, Silas is a charmed whirlwind of activity, a few years later Tal moves in and they become a tight threesome all through Jr. High and high school, even all going off to college together. Silas came out as gay in high school, and although Warren is gay he never really says it,except to his mother. Finally when he turns 21, his friends demand to know and if he's seeing someone. Warren is al
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“You move on, processing lessons and getting on with your life, and you even manage to avoid breaking hearts, most times. But I’m me, and I’m not one of those guys, and I refuse to be. You love me, but I’m in love with you, and I have been for a while. If you want to get with me, if you real y, real y want to be mine and for me to be yours, you’re going to have to prove it.” 6 likes
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