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
Powerful silent imagery.....
Grimsley uses the third person present to tell us this story. So even though we are getting Nathan's point of view, a distance is still created between us and him and him and his world. This distance mirrors the same distance that Nathan needs to be able to survive what he has been through. So with this writing tool Grimsley puts us in the picture by making us feel the distance, the silence, the invisibility, the loneliness, the wariness. The distrust Nathan feels ...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
No more words, let the book talk to you.
*** Smith nailed it.
This was my first gay romance book or gay fiction book, whichever you prefer to call it. I fell in love with it the second I started reading it. It didn't take me very long to read it, because I couldn't put it down, but partly because it was very short, too. It was a very quick read. And I also read it on my 15th birthday, which isn't really relevant... but anyway.
Jim Grimsley did an amazing job with Nathan. He was a shy boy, but he had something inside. It w ...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
This is a melancholy story, poignant, beautifully written but very disturbing. Even the teen gay romance within its pages could not redeem it from the darkness and the violence within it. Everything shimmered with the fragility of first love but shattered into pieces with the violence.
And then the open endedness of the story did not allow for resolution and peace. Although I suppose we can ...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
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
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
It's also haunting because of the subject matter, the constant foreboding feeling and scenes that always stay on this side of gratifying and keep you pushing through the story.
/I'm not even sure if I liked it. The ending flipped my rating upside down. Because I suck at understanding surrealism and symbolism. I have so many ideas on this ending, but if I ...more
I repeat. NOT OKAY.
Leave now because it has a number of Spoilers.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
First, I just want you to know I am a supporter of LGBT rights, and a proud shipper. LOl. I find everything about my ships and things I am fond appealing and beautiful.
But this book ruined me, left me with mixed feelings, and a trauma of porn.
Okay, let's start with the exposition, and the writing style was totally off.
The writing style was like a compilation of RP messages. Se ...more
I am highly disturbed by the whole plot because the writing gets to you. It seems to be clinical, ...more
Creepy and sad once I have realised what is going on, growing resentful towards the 'mother' and murderous towards the father, but even though the feeling of doom was inevitable, I kept on hoping. And maybe, because I wanted a HEA for these two boys so much, I completely refused to believe in a bad ending. To me, a horrible part of it was a dream and when he woke up, Nathan has found his happiness.
Once again, thank you, Sofia, for holding my hand and goi ...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
This book is one of those cases.
I didn't really expect it to affect me so much; I guess I never imagined it would matter that much, it was supposed to be just another book I had been meaning to read for some time and only now I was getting myself to do it.
I wish I had the words to explain in ful ...more
I found the abuse the main chara ...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
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
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
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