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Gulliver Takes Manhattan

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  153 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
When twenty-something Gulliver Leverenz abandons sunny L.A. for a fresh start in New York, he’s leaving behind his family, his friends—and one bastard ex-boyfriend who can’t take a hint. With no money, job, or direction, Gully gratefully accepts an invitation to crash with his former fraternity brother Todd.

As luck would have it, Todd lives in Hell’s Kitchen, New York’s h
Paperback, 426 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by AmazonEncore
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Theo Fenraven
Jun 01, 2013 Theo Fenraven rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, humor
I had to get past the bad formatting (essentially, there wasn't any) and the sloppy editing (quite a feat, since I'm an editor), but once I was sucked into the story, I couldn't stop reading.

This is just plain fun; Gulliver's adventures are amusing and witty as we experience NYC's gay nightlife through the eyes of a newly transplanted LA native.

Gulliver is a sweetheart, all sharp elbows and surprising naivety, winning my heart and admiration as he tries to beat Manhattan into submission. The la
Jun 20, 2012 Ken rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best gay-boy-takes-on-the-big-apple novels I've read in a long, long time. I haven't come across a main character that has such a penchant for hopping from cringe-worthy situation to cringe-worthy situation like Gulliver since reading the first Shopoholic book some years back. You'll constantly find yourself groaning and going "Oh no he didn't !"

I hope the author will continue this tale and flesh out the story of Todd, his best friend. I found myself wanting to know more about
Nov 03, 2015 Preston rated it it was amazing
Gay Boy attempts to conquer Gay New York

Lisamarie in her review wrote "The author's description of New York is so keen on all the details you see in the noisy, busy, crazy city. He truly makes you root for Gulliver, even though you really wonder why is that he gets himself into so much unnecessary trouble, but that's what makes the story exciting."

I agree with Lisamarie. Next read the sequel Gulliver Takes Five
Jon O
Jul 22, 2012 Jon O rated it it was amazing
This book is good. It is for those who yearn for a good replacement for Queer As Folk. This feels like Queer As Folk meets Sex & The City, in New York. Delicious, entertaining and fast-paced.
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
If you can't tell by the summary, Gulliver Takes Manhattan is a popcorn novel. A rather addictive popcorn novel - I started reading one chapter on a break and finished the entire novel. Zirilli's writing may not be sophisticated, but it's more than competent, especially considering that Gulliver Takes Manhattan is a debut novel.

Gully can be a frustrating character, since he doesn't always make the best decisions. But his point of view is absorbing, so at least you understand his motivation when
Jun 08, 2013 Lisamariel rated it really liked it
I wanted to try something new. Basically it's like they said in earlier reviews, it's basically Sex and the City meets Queer as Folk. I really liked Gulliver. He truly travels through a lot of rough patches, nonetheless, he has made it his goal to beat New York, at least for a while. The author's description of New York is so keen on all the details you see in the noisy, busy, crazy city. He truly makes you root for Gulliver, even though you really wonder why is that he gets himself into so much ...more
Jul 14, 2012 J.P. rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, lgbt, fiction
If the writers of Sex in the City wrote for Queer as Folk, you'd most likely have Gulliver Takes Manhattan or as my boyfriend called it Queer in the City. I both stopped and let a day pass before finishing the last chapter AND I was rather sad once the book was over, as though a really good friend was leaving and I probably wouldn't see him for a while.

My only real issue with this book was that the author for some reason decided to give the cheater the moral upper-hand and make Gully quit porn.
Maurice Wijnen
Jun 28, 2014 Maurice Wijnen rated it really liked it
One of the most entertaining gay novels since a long time. Absolutely recommended. Witty, engrossing and recognizable. If you like Queer as Folk, this is your gay Sex and the City.
Jody Van Tassell
Jul 05, 2012 Jody Van Tassell rated it really liked it
Definately not the norm of what I read. If you take it on, keep an open mind!
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US! 8/1/13 :)
Aug 16, 2012 A rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
How can anyone not have loved this book?? It's one of those books that makes you giddy while you're reading it, and then you want to share how great it is with everyone you know. I didn't have any expectations of this book. I got to borrow it for free from Amazon prime. I hadn't heard anything about it. But it is well worth it's selling price.

I'm not usually the type of reviewer that gives any sort of a book summary, but since there are not a lot of reviews on here (which I cannot understand AT
Gulliver Takes Manhattan was super entertaining and one of those stories that just seems to be enhanced by the narrator (in this case Cole Ferguson).

I listened to this audio book over a week during my daily commute and actually looked forward to getting in my car each morning so that I could listen to the next installment of Gulliver's adventures.

Gulliver is running away from his life in LA,escaping the city where his two-timing, now ex-boyfriend lives. He moves to the other side of the country
Oct 28, 2012 Charly rated it it was amazing
Entertaining and well-written, but at times I disliked the main character

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 9/10

- All of the central characters seemed lifelike to me: the dialogue is realistically catty and lacks the wit and perfection that some authors are prone to, and Gulliver and every one of his friends/acquaintances/one-night-stands come across as really nice at some times and really jerky at others.
- The story takes you on a whirlwind ride
May 06, 2013 Tricia rated it really liked it
I give this book between three and four stars, but closer to four. The author deserves some credit for writing explicitly and openly. This book made me feel old, but it was immensely entertaining. There is gads of sex in this book, but no romance. The story shocked me in several chapters, it is near silly in over-the-top erotic adventures happening. But, the author writes with humor and sincerity. The main protagonist has some serious character flaws and suffers for them; the evolution of his ex ...more
Kristina Sanchez
Aug 28, 2015 Kristina Sanchez rated it liked it
Despite a Islamaphobic remark and a couple of rape jokes, I enjoyed this book. It was well told, and each character was unique. Gulliver's BFF is the sweetest. I'd read a whole book series about him. Gulliver himself is a great character -- flawed but not without his strengths. He makes mistakes and owns up to him. He overreacts, but he's a good guy.

An enjoyable, light read.
Jul 16, 2015 Randolph rated it liked it
I almost stopped reading this book twice when I saw Gulliver making some huge moral mistakes. As a protagonist, he is a little difficult to like since he keeps putting himself in bad situations. He is very selfish and narcissistic. He never considers how his choices affect those around him. Having said that, this author is very engaging with his writing. I felt immersed in club culture and money (for most of the book). The other characters are outrageous but entertaining. I wanted this to be a l ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Devi rated it it was ok
This book was endlessly trashy, but I think like a lot of the other reviews I've read, it's really hard not to finish it, and it's worth finishing at least for the yearly GoodReads book challenge. If you approach it looking for a fresh, raw, or poignant view on a gay main character in an LGBTQ book not about sex or coming out, it's not worth it, but for a short fun read about endless drama that could have all been avoided if the main character had common sense then it's really fun. A side note o ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Cylonsarecuddly rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This book is not what I expected. It is both fluffy and fun but also a little bit dark around the edges.
I look forward to continuing this series.
Joey Wargachuk
Jun 01, 2014 Joey Wargachuk rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Makes me want to drop everything and move to Manhattan.
Armando C.
Aug 07, 2015 Armando C. rated it liked it
This book is great trashy fun.
James Cockburn
Feb 27, 2015 James Cockburn rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book.
Jun 16, 2014 Melchauv rated it did not like it
Danyele Johnson
Dear Gulliver,


The drama could have sooo been avoided. But hey, I enjoy drama from time to time and I certainly got it here. Living vicariously through Gulliver was certainly stressful at times but highly entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and didn't stop reading till I was finished. Onto the sequel!
Feb 12, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Good read...definitely for mature audiences due to graphic sexual content. The only problem I had was that they never explained the Todd situation at the end.
Riina Y.T.
seriously, the best damn book !! Maybe just my humble opinion , but it was by far the most entertaining thing I came across
Nov 04, 2012 Mercedes rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
3.5 stars really. Would have been 4 stars (maybe) but story is told in 1st person POV and present tense which I did not like.
May 02, 2012 Bradley rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book eerily matches what I'm currently going through. Gulliver is a young gay guy that moves to NYC to kick start his life.
Sep 04, 2012 Leonel rated it really liked it
A fun romp through NYC's gay life
Jun 11, 2012 Kimmie rated it it was ok
another trashy, free download from kindle. this one was jam-packed (!!!) with gay sex. it is summertime, right?
Jordon Cunningham
Sep 26, 2012 Jordon Cunningham rated it it was amazing

So addicted! I need more Gully! Where is "Gulliver Takes Five"?! Write Justin, write!!
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Justin Luke is author of Gulliver Takes Manhattan and its sequel, Gulliver Takes Five.

His newest novella, "Gianni," is now available exclusively on the Kindle.

He has also penned "Time and Time Again," based on the TV Series "The Vampire Diaries. It is also available exclusively on the Kindle as a part of their Kindle Worlds program.

He is also the Co-Director and Head Promoter of the New York-Base
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