Jan 06, 12
Read from January 04 to 06, 2012
Having just read a bad–mediocre gay novella that was more porn than anything else, I read this book in two days—between work and sleep and my second anniversary celebration with the most wonderful man in the world—and it completely wrecked me. For one thing, I couldn't stop reading. That hasn't happened to me for a long time, for a book I've never read. I literally did not want to stop reading it, not even to go to bed.
The story is engrossing from the start, and while it is not perfect (because what book is?), it is one of the most "real" stories I've ever had the fortune of reading. I can identify with so much in it. The dialogue and situations are familiar in a way that most other stories I've read could never be. The book feels is if it has been taken from the "pages" of my own life, and then changed a little bit to circumvent plagiarism. I say that in the most positive way possible: This book and its characters are very real, even if the characters do fuck up a lot (that's life). The final chapter (before the epilogue) is heartbreaking in a way I didn't see coming. Nick Burd knows what he's doing; he's been there.
For me, this book is a manual for writing gay stories; whether good or bad, there is something to learn on every page.