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Strings Attached by Nick Nolan
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Sep 12, 2010

really liked it
Read in June, 2010

Jeremy's mother is an alcoholic, and when a bender from hell lands her in rehab, Jeremy goes to live with his exceedingly rich great-aunt. Moving from poor to posh is tough enough, but Jeremy is also struggling with his sexuality and some unanswered questions about his father's death. It may seem a bit convoluted but Nolan weaves these stories together in such a way that they form an in-depth backdrop for a coming-of-age story.

If you had asked me before reading this book if a murder-mystery cum (homo)sexual awakening cum family tragedy book would be my cup of tea, I would have laughed at you. I would have brushed off the premise as too complex, too hokey, and too dramatic. When it comes to Nolan's Strings Attached though, I would have been wrong. I can't quite explain how Nolan draws it all together into this surprisingly not melodramatic story, but he manages it beautifully.
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