Rikker and Graham are childhood friends (boyfriends?) separated by a gay bashing. Rikker got beat up and then his parents kicked him out of the houseRikker and Graham are childhood friends (boyfriends?) separated by a gay bashing. Rikker got beat up and then his parents kicked him out of the house and sent him to live with his grandmother in Vermont. Graham, felt guilty and heartbroken, forever scarred by this event never actually visited Rikker in the hospital. Six years later, Rikker is transferred to Harkness College where Graham is and the two meet again and get to play in the same hockey team. And it's so, so good. Damn you, Sarina Bowen!
Five years ago, two boys had kissed in a car. And a bunch of assholes turned that moment into a life-altering disaster. But right now, two grown men could kiss in a car. And then go home to play one more game of RealStix like it was no big deal.
The Understatement of the Year tells its story from both main characters' POVs, Rikker and Graham. It's not fanfiction-ish. It's not everyone and their neighbors are gay and live happily always and forever. These boys have been through a lot. They've been hurt physically and mentally because of how the society perceives them.
We can feel that Rikker is angry and heartbroken but at the same time we learn that he's still (maybe always) in love with his first love, Graham.
See, running away wasn’t Graham’s crime. Running from thugs who are yelling “sick little faggots!” is not a bad call. The real damage was that Graham never spoke to me again. And as far as I knew, he never told a soul that he was there the day I was attacked.
And Graham, he may sound like a total dick, but when we get to Graham's POV, we can see that he's just a scared little boy. He repeatedly calls himself a coward and jackass of the year, that makes me crack up but also sad a little bit. Because in my opinion, he's the one who struggles more in the book.
That scene in the alley had scared me silly. But admitting it now wouldn’t help. Those old fears had crusted over into something more like disgust. And I’d been trapped in it from the moment I left Rikker alone there to fend for himself.
Gaaaaaaaah, this makes me wanna pick up book #1 and #2 in the series. I mean, people said that Hartley is a jackass in the first book, that worries me, because he's aaaaaaaaaaaaweeesome in this book! <3 but book #2 sounds more interesting, hmm... and also I have a shit ton of books in my to be read pile. Ughh. ...more
I especially love Turning by Lynda Sexson and Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami. Also, I have a strange infatuation with introductions of anthologies sI especially love Turning by Lynda Sexson and Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami. Also, I have a strange infatuation with introductions of anthologies so that's also my favorite part. Oh, and the short introduction before each story; it clears up a lot of wtf-ness in the story, and by that I mean the abruptness of The Bath by Raymond Carver....more
I have mixed feelings about this one because the seme is 16 yrs old and the uke is his teacher D: Of course Kiriya didn't know that Yuuya was in factI have mixed feelings about this one because the seme is 16 yrs old and the uke is his teacher D: Of course Kiriya didn't know that Yuuya was in fact 16 yrs old when they met, because Yuuya said he was 19 and a college student. And Kiriya became his teacher a few weeks/months after they actually had a relationship (not exactly a relationship tough ), but I guess the heart wants what the heart wants. ...more
I like the first book better. I think Daisuke is a bit more clingy in this one lol, but can you blame Dai-chan when Kentarou is basically treating himI like the first book better. I think Daisuke is a bit more clingy in this one lol, but can you blame Dai-chan when Kentarou is basically treating him the same as before? XD but I guess that's just the way he is....more
I always like Touko Kawai's works, although her artwork is not the best out there but her characters have... well, characters. I particularly like thiI always like Touko Kawai's works, although her artwork is not the best out there but her characters have... well, characters. I particularly like this one because it also describes the characters' professions. Kentarou is a photographer and Daisuke is an ad executive. Less emotional than Cut but the story is there. I appreciate stories ini BL manga, instead those that rely heavily on sex scenes....more
Just re-read this a few days ago. I think I read it before 5-6 years ago (?!) and then sort of forgot the title and just remembered it the other day wJust re-read this a few days ago. I think I read it before 5-6 years ago (?!) and then sort of forgot the title and just remembered it the other day when I heard the word Loveholic. O.o I love Chiaki and Eiji's love story. A lot of angst in their past, I guess I'm a sucker for lovers overcome their troubled past together lol....more
This is a prequel to Cinder. The story takes place after Cinder underwent her cybernetic operation and is brought home by Garan to New Beijing and meeThis is a prequel to Cinder. The story takes place after Cinder underwent her cybernetic operation and is brought home by Garan to New Beijing and meets his family, wife Adri, and daughters Pearl and Peony. We see Iko for the first time here.
I read 16 or so chapters of Cinder and got bored, so I decided to read this one first. I actually liked this better than the actual book. Maybe because it was short and less detailed so I didn't have to nitpick every little problems in it. Like, where did Garan get the money to operate on Cinder when his family was not exactly rich? (maybe they answered it in the books though)
"Nothing makes an android feel more useless than when a human is crying."
Finding it suddenly hard to breathe, Cinder deserted the doorway and slumped back against the inside wall, unable to listen to the sobs any longer. "You won't have to worry about me, then. I don't think I can cry anymore." She hesitated. "Maybe I never could."
"Is that so? How peculiar. Perhaps it's a programming glitch."...more
Mungkin konon, di sebuah kisah, kau seorang putri dan aku seorang pangeran
Tetapi untuk saat ini, kita hidup di dua buku yang berlai//after
My favorite part:
Mungkin konon, di sebuah kisah, kau seorang putri dan aku seorang pangeran
Tetapi untuk saat ini, kita hidup di dua buku yang berlainan.
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Yup, this is a quick read! Mungkin karena ilustrasinya yang cukup banyak. Whew, adimodel sepertinya memang orang yang cukup romantis ya.. dilihat dari curcol-curcol (?!) galaunya di buku ini :D di halaman 127, penulis menyertakan sebuah puisi yang dibuat ayahnya untuk alm. ibunya huaaaa... T^T memang dibesarkan di keluarga yang romantis kali ya, jadinya menurun ke anak :D *thumbs up* kalau keluarga saya sih kayanya adem ayem aja ga ada romantis2nya lol, romantis itu bagi saya canggung banget (di dunia nyata), walopun saya suka baca buku romance :D iya, saya juga bingung.
Anyway, lumayan agak beda sama buku adimodel sebelumnya, Kinky Rain, yang kisah romance-nya lebih dark dan kadang surreal. *makin ga sabar baca Kinky Rain 2 malahan* :P
Yang agak curang bagi saya di buku ini adalah adanya beberapa kutipan dari orang lain, misalnya Kahlil Gibran, Aristoteles, dll. XD
edit lagi soal Kinky Rain 2: Di buku ini dikatakan akan terbit 2014. Hoho, awas aja kalau nggak... >:)
I finally got my copy! Yay! Waktu menerima bukunya di paket ternyata tipis banget yah, tapi kok mahal... ternyata bukunya full color! WOW! (jujur waktu pesen saya ga ngecek lagi spek buku & sinopsisnya karena suka banget sama Kinky Rain-nya Adimodel) :D
Ternyata buku ini isinya kumpulan prosa gitu yang dilengkapi dengan ilustrasi. It's worth it laah... kebetulan saya suka banget picture books! :)
Thank you Anne for the rec! :) This is a short and sweet story about two guys flat-sitting each other's flats in London (?!) They don't meet each otherThank you Anne for the rec! :) This is a short and sweet story about two guys flat-sitting each other's flats in London (?!) They don't meet each other until the last 2 chapters, reminds me of Perfect Strangers aka Summer in The City, which I love. Russ is a carefree freelance chef and Martin is an antique art dealer with a slight OCD. The story has potential, but the author tend to use the 'telling' narration instead of 'showing' us the story.
I want more this:
I recall the bold, scrawling script, the signature of smiley faces, all on creased, crookedly-torn scraps of paper that I might have previously thrown out as rubbish. The first note had astonished me, a careless, cheerful message on the back of a mango chutney label. Since then, I’d come to look out for them, albeit rather warily.
Instead of this:
“Don’t be ridiculous. The man’s got some weird ideas about tidiness, and I draw the line at alphabetizing my herb pot storage. But he’s actually suggested a few very sensible things, like the new storage arrangements in the linen cupboard and the recycling of my different types of household waste.”