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A Wealth of Unsaid Words (I'll Be Home for Christmas)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  253 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Alex has always known his bipolar disorder made him too flawed for his boyhood hero, Everett. So when his feelings for Everett became overwhelming, he forced a separation that saddened them both but gave Alex the clarity he needed. Now a year has passed, and he and Everett are together again when Everett’s noisy, imperfect family reunites for Christmas, pulling Alex into t ...more
ebook, 112 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Thank you. Just...thank you.

To say that this story of a bipolar man, the people he loves and the people who love him, resonated with me would be an understatement. When R. Cooper wrote this story she created something so beautiful and poetically, painfully, accurate.

As someone who is bipolar, I understood Alex. The author captured with such clarity the shame that comes with not being able to control yourself. The feelings of self-loathing and unworthiness. The guilt of feeling like a burden. Th
This was poetic. No other way to say it. I knew this story would be touching, but it did more than that, it undid me. My goodness what sweetness.

Alex has struggled with mental illness his whole life, he has been in very dark places. His only, constant light has been Everett's friendship, and the love of Everett's family. Everett loves Alex. Alex loves Everett, so much, with everything, but with the regret that he's not healthy enough to ever deserve him. That losing Everett can never be worth ha
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
It's always tricky for me when an author writes about an individual with a manic-depressive personality. I feel this way because a lot of my life is surrounded by people like that so when it comes to reading about them I nitpick the book and can't help but think it's nothing like that at all.

This story, however, I felt like it showed more along the right lines of what someone with such a personality really acts like. The book was chaotic but, to me, it felt exactly how someone with a manic-depr
3.5 stars
I have a problem rating this book. There are some poetic words, some heart-felt moments, and most definitely some moments that just make my eyes go all watery. Especially if I imagine the struggle that Alex must experience, suffering from bipolar disorder (he prefers the term manic-depressive), yearning for the constant in his life, that is his best friend Everett -- unable to say how sorry he is about his situation and can only say it through his poems. Then, deciding that he needs to
MsMiz (Tina)
R. Cooper wrote an excellent story where you will feel Alex, his illness and his story. At one point, I thought 'I feel like I am reading under water;, that is how deep the writing went. Alex's illness and the impact it had on himself and those that loved him was so well done, so well done.

While this story was over a two day period at Christmas, it was so much more than a Christmas story. Alex had set a deadline this Christmas and now it was time to see if all his work paid off. Read the story
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions

Just because you have a character with a disability/illness does not a good story make

The first 20% was so confusing with all the names and with the whiplash from current scene to flashing back to random memories. I think around 20% I started getting who people were but the random memories kept popping up the whole story and they were distracting and I never really got into the story.

It was pretty uneventful nothing really happened. There was an interesting conversation about his poetry around
Touching Christmas story about a man with bipolar disease who meets up with his best friend after a year of deliberate separation to see if he can make it on his own. I love the intense wordy style of this author. The half-sentences, insecurities and interruptions that prolong the HEA for as long as possible really feed my preference for a slow-burn romance, although I know they can be frustrating to some readers. But it's always worth it in the end as the heroes come together in some of the mos ...more
Stunningly beautiful. The hell and hope of mental illness strikingly described. The fragility of Alex's "sanity" and life brilliantly expressed. Ultimately about the strength and power of love and hope. Amazing. Touching. Painful. Beautiful. Poetic. I LOVED this.
Do you like holiday themed stories? Usually we see this in an anthology as a short story or novella and the environment of family, love and redemption, and new beginnings are common.

This week I was in the mood for something a little more complex than just a basic “feel good” romance story. In A Wealth of Unsaid Words, R. Cooper adds a bittersweet facet by using mental illness as a source of conflict and character development.

Basic Plot:

It is a year since Alex has last been with his best friend
Serena Yates
This is a pretty amazing story about yearning, and wanting, and loving from afar until the time finally seems right for need to change into action. Written in an almost poetic style, the story grabbed me within the first few pages and swept me along on a wave of emotion that left me breathless.

Alex, as the narrator, is the one who provides perspective on the history between him and Everett. It is an interesting point of view, since he struggled with being bipolar for years before figuring out ho
Edina Rose
Intense and very romantic story about Alex who has bipolar syndrome and Everett, his best friend, the man he's been in love with since they were kids.

Alex has been out of control for years. He is this prodigy who write wonderful poems and acts outrageously. He's the wild child the media likes to haunt. He is self-destructive and his biggest support, Everett and Everett's family, are constantly afraid for his life. He has never given a chance to his love for Everett because he does not believe E
Wow, this was brilliant. I actually decided to read this book based on the blurb as I’ve discovered I really enjoy books where mc’s are struggling with some sort of disability. I like knowing that they’re not perfect, that they have issues they have to overcome to find the love we all want for ourselves. So knowing that Alex was bipolar made this book even more interesting for me. I was not disappointed in the least. This surpassed my expectations and gave me a truly heartfelt Christmas story.

This book is incredible. That is... if you can suspend your disbelief enough to pretend that the media actively cares about the life of a poet to the point that he's famous/a household name, this book is amazing. :P

The mental illness in this book is well-researched and handled very respectfully. It isn't thrown about for cheap feels. It's very honest, and as someone who is mentally ill and has many close friends who are as well, the way the people in his life are described as caring for him hit
Alby Krebs
I want to review this more fully, but I was blown away with this novella. It was lyrical and beautifully crafted. I adored Cooper's Play It Again, Charlie, and I am slowly going through this author's backlist.
The story was warm and full of feelings. More specific, feelings of yearning and wishing for something deeper, stronger.
The start was a bit strange but I was soon pulled into. And the end was sweet and romantic. I liked it.
Beautifully written book. Wish it had about 15 more pages so we could have gotten some sexin'.
Dec 19, 2011 Snowtulip rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Snowtulip by: Lauraadriana
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Incredibly touching, I want to continue on the next stage of Alex and Everett's journey.
Too short! R. Cooper blew me away once again. Loved it.
Molli B.
After reading another book of R. Cooper's, I dug up some of her other stuff, and this is one of the ones I read. I think it actually helps me get a better handle on some quirks in her writing--it's just her tendency to be a bit brief about some things and a bit more in depth about others, something I noticed in Little Wolf.

I really liked this. I think it was a good look at someone who's battled--and come out on top of--mental illness. It was a good little slice-of-life story, and honestly, I'd l
Ah, quality. I love it.
The writing is beautiful, although that beauty sometimes comes at the expense of clarity. It took me well over half of the book to get used to this, but by then it was worth the effort.

Right away the narration feels very unfocused, jumping around between impressions and topics even within the same sentence. Admittedly, that probably matches the way Alex’ mind functions. It certainly is realistic. But while it works for the narrator here, this is maybe not the most unconvol
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I'm not quite sure how to rate/review this story.
Alex is bipolar and grew up with a schizophrenic father. He is now a successful poet and English professor but it was a long road.
This story is told completely from Alex's POV and mostly through the thoughts he is having, there is very little dialog.
Being in Alex's head is not always an easy place to be, I really feel his suffering, how his illness has made his life the way it is. But his love for Everett and Everett's family is clear and th
Thalie C
I really wanted to like this book, as much I wanted to like A Boy and His Dragon (same author). But I'm sorry to say that R. Cooper's writing style doesn't work for me. I don't know what it is exactly but I find it slow and hard to get into and so I start jumping sentences, then paragraphs, then giving up altogether. It's a shame too because the plotline is one I normally really would have enjoyed.
By the way, because I didn't finish this story, I'm not rating it.
The angst!!!
Very poetic, and poignant. I felt the back story was a lot more interesting than the current time, and the resolution felt a bit off. Regardless of all that, it was beautifully written and I loved the story.
Especially good if you are into holiday stories.
This book was just so beautifully written. I adored every sentence I read and yet hated them because they meant I was one sentence closer to finishing the book. I teared up numerous times as I read and even now just thinking about the beautiful story my eyes are filling again!
I read this months ago but must have forgotten to rate it. This is a Christmas story about the reunion of a bipolar man Alex with the family that has always looked out for him & the best friend who would do anything for him including letting him go. It's an emotional & poignant story

The author has a disjointed writing style filled with incomplete sentences & thoughts which can make her stories hit or miss but they usually capture my attention. In this case, because we're in Alex's h
This story was uniquely written and has great impact to it. I don't know if it was intentional or if it's just my way of interpreting it but Alex's randomness between the dialogues helped me to understand a little bit better how hard his life had been before he got the help he needed. It made the beginning a bit confusing since a lot was going on and there was a bunch of characters speaking and Alex would just go off in thought between the questions being asked.

I loved Everett for sticking by A
Wow. I'm not sure what I was going in expecting exactly but this was a great read. Granted its just around a 100pgs or so but, this author did a great job of connecting the reader to the characters. Alex absolutely broke my heart. While I wanted to shake him sometimes I understood why he did the things he did.

Alex being bi polar definitely made this an unusual read but, I loved it. The only little niggle I had was the ending, I hated that we didn't see more of them settled after they'd resolved
Since I liked the other two books I had read that were written by this author, decided to give this title a go as well. Took me a bit longer to get into this one, because we are dumped directly into a huge family gathering and there are people just everywhere. But once I got a handle on who was who and how they related to each other, I was able to zero in on person #1 thinking he is too flawed to be loved by person #2. And person #2 doing his best to convince #1 of his worth. And the love
I was blown away by this story, the first in the Dreamspinner Press 'Advent 2011' series. I expected the usual fare of light m/m romance, perfect boys and Christmas trees, but wow. I read this story through and then I read it again more slowly, because I realized I had missed so much. The nuances of Alex and Everett's relationship, coming to a head after a year's separation, are seen through the pain of bipolar disease, Alex's descent into hell and hanging-on-by-his-fingernails recovery. It's al ...more
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“Not want you?” His voice was rough. “Everett, I'd lay you down right now in this thin blanket of snow and take you.” Everett's eyes widened, but Alex's mind was racing, the images coming at him too quick for him to hold them back. “The cold air would touch you and then my mouth.” He moved back into Everett's space, and Everett groaned. “My hands. Naked, Everett. I could bite your long limbs and lick the grace from your words and shock the neighbors with what obscenities I'd drive from your lips.” 3 likes
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