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Calling the Show by J.A. Rock
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Aug 08, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: m-m, made-me-laugh
Read from July 17 to 26, 2012

What did I think of this book?

I bought a hula hoop. For serious. I couldn't decide between the green sparkly one or the blue sparkly one for ages. I went with the green.

I also bought some Lego, but that's got nothing to do with this book. I mostly got that to make my seven year old nephew jealous.

(A proper review will definitely follow)

Actually, instead of a review I'm going to issue a challenge: I dare you to read this book and look at a hula hoop without thinking rude things. Rude, delicious things.

JA Rock has done it again here. She's played the same trick she played on me with Wacky Wednesday, where the narrative alternates between two characters, and I'm sure I won't like the second one as much as the first one, and then I do, and I can't pick a favourite. I loved Jesse's snarky interior monologues, and his neuroses. I loved how he was determined to dislike Sim from the very beginning, just for being Sim. And I loved how Sim was so confident and happy (even if a lot of that was just for show.)

What I really enjoyed though, was the boys' exploration of their burgeoning D/s relationship. Who was a top, who was a bottom, who was a Dom and who was a sub, and, ultimately, how pointless labels are as long as you're both doing something that works for you. And if that's duct tape and hula hoops, then go for it!
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message 1: by Ery (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ery Lol- I'm so intrigued!


Emma Sea best review I read all week.


Lisa Henry Emma Sea wrote: "best review I read all week."

Best review...and worst Aunty!


Emma Sea Lisa wrote: "Emma Sea wrote: "best review I read all week."

Best review...and worst Aunty!"


what kind of Lego did you get?


Lisa Henry Erica wrote: "Lol- I'm so intrigued!"

So far I am super bad at the hula hoop as well... but my Lego TIE fighter is awesome!


Lisa Henry what kind of Lego did you get?"

A Star Wars TIE fighter... but my nephew knows from experience that I'll play with it for a few days, get bored, disassemble it, and it'll be his by the weekend.


Emma Sea Lisa wrote: "what kind of Lego did you get?"

A Star Wars TIE fighter... but my nephew knows from experience that I'll play with it for a few days, get bored, disassemble it, and it'll be his by the weekend."


*applause* Excellent choice!!! Do you lust for this too?


Lisa Henry Emma Sea wrote: "Lisa wrote: "what kind of Lego did you get?"

A Star Wars TIE fighter... but my nephew knows from experience that I'll play with it for a few days, get bored, disassemble it, and it'll be his by th..."


OMG! Nerdgasm! Way out of my price range unfortunately...


message 9: by Emma Sea (last edited Jul 26, 2012 04:55AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Emma Sea Lisa wrote: "Way out of my price range unfortunately... "

Oh, god, of course. It's just Lego porn: completely unattainable.

EDIT: It's way worse here: for some reason this costs NZ$899.99. I simply don't believe it costs 422.00 in shipping costs.


message 10: by Lisa (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lisa Henry Emma Sea wrote: "Lisa wrote: "Way out of my price range unfortunately... "

Oh, god, of course. It's just Lego porn: completely unattainable."


Oh, but we dream!


message 11: by Lisa (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lisa Henry EDIT: It's way worse here: for some reason this costs NZ$899.99. I simp..."

For that much in shipping, I'd wanted it delivered personally by Ewoks.


message 12: by Tara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Tara Lain That's such a great idea. I want a hula hoop too!


message 13: by Lisa (last edited Sep 04, 2012 11:16AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lisa Henry Tara wrote: "That's such a great idea. I want a hula hoop too!"

Not only did I buy one, but I'm also attempting to make one. So far I've got as far as stealing PVC piping from my mum's back shed and putting in the boot of my car, but it's a start!


message 14: by Tara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Tara Lain Wow, that's inspiration! And dedication. : )


message 15: by Katie (new) - added it

Katie You had me at For serious. So not only is it a totally awesome review, but now I want to buy a hula hoop even before I've read the book. And Legos, which I also now want. And that reminded me of Bareback by Chris Owen. So you're going to be responsible for a whole slew of purchases in my near future.


message 16: by Lisa (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lisa Henry Katie wrote: "You had me at For serious. So not only is it a totally awesome review, but now I want to buy a hula hoop even before I've read the book. And Legos, which I also now want. And that reminded me of Ba..."

Glad to add to your TBR pile, Katie! And this is such a fun one :)


message 17: by L.E. (new) - added it

L.E. it must be fate that brought me to find this book because I was seriously considering buying a hula hoop a week ago.


message 18: by Lisa (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lisa Henry Leah wrote: "it must be fate that brought me to find this book because I was seriously considering buying a hula hoop a week ago."

Oh, if you read this, you'll definitely need that hula hoop!
This is a great read, so much fun. :)


Elizabetta Great review, great book :D


message 20: by Lisa (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lisa Henry Elizabetta wrote: "Great review, great book :D"

Such a fun read!


Elizabetta Yes! Really enjoyed it, no surprise there :D


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