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Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall by Neil Bartlett
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Sep 14, 10

Read from August 31 to September 14, 2010

The first time I read this book in college I couldn't get into it, but I loved it the second time around. I think what threw me the first time was the intensity and even violence in O and Boy's relationship, which I think shocked me back in college and soured me on the book. But on a second read I feel like I understand what Neil Bartlett was going for, and his portrayal of the relationship between the two characters feels very full, rich and powerful. Bartlett does a great job of making the world of the book--the bar, the apartment, the city-- feel vibrant and alive. The characters, the dishy narrator, the book's sense of mission, and the occasional elements of magical realism all drew me in and made me fall in love with the book.
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