DREAM BOY confirms the immense promise of Jim Grimsley's award-winning debut, WINTER BIRDS. In his electrifying novel, adolescent gay love, violence, and the spirituality of old-time religion are combined through the alchemy of Grimsley's vision into a powerfully suspenseful story of escape and redemption.
"I've never read a novel remot...more
First published over ten years ago at a succinct 195 pages, Dream Boy revolves around Nathan, a sophomore in high school who falls into a complex relationship with Roy, a senior. Nathan comes from a troubled home. His alcoholic father exem...more
Actually, I felt extremely cheated and angry that the author would do such a thing. First he manipulates us ruthlessly and plays on our emotions and for what? To give us a book with no ending? Either suggested ending is an unbelieveably trite.
The author should be ashamed of himself. Worn out plot, brutal enough to make reading difficul...more
I have to begin by saying, this was the first mm book I have ever read. It was one of the most shocking books I had read up until that point. I loved it though and even now I can remember every second of the book. It's not a fun book and it's not just a romance but the emotion in the book drew me in. For me, when I think back to reading it I wonder if this should be labeled YA. It could be just my opinion though.
Jim Grimsley did an amazing job with Nathan. He was a shy...more
Dream Boy follows Nathan, a bright, delicate 15-year-old-boy, as he falls into a dreamlike courtship with Roy, an older, popular boy at Nathan's new school. Though the sex never feels prurient, the novel is unrelentingly sexual. I started to wonder if there was...more
(view spoiler)[ The only thing in this book that left me uncertain if I liked this part or if I didn't is the ending. I k...more
I am highly disturbed by the whole plot because the writing gets to you. It seems to be clinical,...more
While this is a beautifully written story with several positive points, the ending really sours the entire story for me.
What I liked
Writing. The style is unique and moving, feeling abstract and distant in many cases, which works to illustrate how the main character has become closed off (although the writing style doesn't change as he opens up.
Abuse. The main character's relationship with his father is handled well. The fear is palpable without showing any actual abuse being...more
Roy and Nathan attend the same high school where Roy is a senior and Nathan is a sophomore. Nathan has just moved to the area. His family moves often because his father can't keep a job and drink...more
I found the abuse the main chara...more
The "falling in love" part is very well done: the little looks, the shortness of breath, the redness of cheeks and neck and the first touches. There are sex scenes, but they are not gratuitous and not very explicit anyway. There is a rape scene though that made me want to throw up, so be warned.
The climax felt rushed to me but the beauty of the prose makes up for t...more
It is your usual gay-life story ending with one of your main characters ending up dead. It basically had no compassion for the main character, Nathan, who not only is macho'd by his new "keep secret" boyfriend, whom sometimes or most of the times is a nice guy and has a girlfriend (according to him), but also is sexually abused by his own father. Ok? That's fine. But in the end this kid (spoiler alert) dies! There is no...more
I had no clue what I was left with when this story drew to a close. It seemed as if that elaborately, subtly constructed castle of prose a...more
This was my first reaction to Dream boy, in 2010, when I first read it:
Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley. I read it in an hour and a half. The apartment could have been engulfed in fire. I couldn't care less. I only wanted his words. Only needed to turn the pages.
It has been a very very long and lonely time since I've come across such a kindred soul. His wri...more
This is the first time in a long time that I've had to actually stop a book before I've finished, so I'm not even sure why I'm putting this review up here, but mostly to clear up some things that I feel are important. I tried very hard to just keep charging through the book until it was done, but this book was just that bad. I don't understand how this won an award at all.
First of all, everything about this novel is repetitive and boring. After the first time they meet, Nathan and Roy basically...more
The story is slow but lovely. Life passes without exasperation and Grimsley has known how to show the life in a calm and peaceful farm.
Sadness and happiness blend together in the quiet Nathan's life. To my mind, he has a simple life where simple things can have it brightened up, such as love!
The final is marvellous, something you need to think of according with your feelings and thoughts, with what you ha...more
I remember feeling how great it would feel to be able to just run away and leave it all behind.
But now... 10 years later... I watched the movie. And I gotta say... I sure hope authors are writing uplifting stories about gay youth these days. Like where the main character breaks ou...more
The story deals with, among other things: first loves, homosexuality in a small town, and sexual abuse.
The boys' relationship is typical of teenagers: hot and cold, subject to the influence of their peers. It feels real.
The conclusion is a bit of a surprise, taking a somewhat obvious a...more
(Also? I've decided that there is one thing that is absolutely crucial in order for me to enjoy a book, and that's an actual ending. Happily ever after, everybody dies, something in between, WHATEVER; but these literary books that beat me over the head with their poignant metaphors and emotionally distant prose and then trail off i...more
The title is horrible in comparison to the actual quality of the writing.