When I first read the first book of the series, there was something about Cole that got my attention. So I was more than happy to find that he had a b...moreWhen I first read the first book of the series, there was something about Cole that got my attention. So I was more than happy to find that he had a book of himself, a very good one at that.
It'll be an understatement if I say I simply enjoyed this book. I loved it, and could not put it down until the very last line. Admittedly, there is no mind-blowing detail in the book; but the story, the development of the characters as well as their relationships are so well-planned that I found myself too intrigued to put the book down.
I love how Cole and Jonathan's relationship is not revolved around coming out, being gay and such. It is more about the stereotypes in society. The complexities in both characters are also another winning point. I could not help but feel pity toward Cole, a rich guy who seemingly has everything yet nothing, or how career-obsessed and uptight Jonathan is. They seem not to have anything in common, yet their relationship blooms slowly and grows into something much stronger and deeper than any of them has expected.
The only complaint I have is I wish there would be some digging deeper into the relationship Cole has with his mother.
It was such a delightful read that filled me with hysterical laughter. The highlight of the book definitely lies on Dear Henry. The letters are so cha...moreIt was such a delightful read that filled me with hysterical laughter. The highlight of the book definitely lies on Dear Henry. The letters are so charmingly hilarious that you wish they would never end. Henry is definitely a character of one kind. Not to mention being in a relationship with him, I bet being friends with him is already like sitting on a rollercoaster. Each letter has its very own amusing story about how a relationship can go wrong (and very very wrong). And I totally love every single of them!(less)
The unique way of telling the story, the endearing characters, the setup, the plot, the sense of humor are really highlights of this book. Words canno...moreThe unique way of telling the story, the endearing characters, the setup, the plot, the sense of humor are really highlights of this book. Words cannot describe how much I love Travis. He is quirky, strong, brave, has his own mindset, spontaneous and horribly unlucky in love to the point of being pathetic. Maybe some may find him too unrealistic and daydreaming for his own good, but seriously, if you hate Travis, it's mostly because he has the guts to do what he wants to do no matter how crazy that may sound. A person does not simply cross a whole country of United States just to see his perfect first love in high school that happened like 20 years ago. And Travis didn't even know Craig's address. At some point, I found him pathetic, but he is Travis. It's really hard not to love him at the end. Plot wise, it does seem like a bit of perfect modern fairy tale to me. I mean Craig is committed for 12 years already. How much chance does a high school first love 20 years ago stand to that? Travis obviously understands that. The ending seems a bit rushed to me, but it serves its purpose. (less)