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Visible Friend

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  342 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Christopher Borgasian has spent the last seven months painstakingly breaking up with a lover he's adored for three years: heroin. Now he's trying to make it on his own-without the drugs, without the family that rejected him for being gay, and, seemingly, without a friend in the world.

The night before Chris leaves a sober-living facility to pursue his uncertain future, a st
ebook, 160 pages
Published April 27th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published April 26th 2011)
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Cole Riann
What a beautiful story. I'm always excited to read a new book by KZ Snow. There's no telling what gift you'll receive when you open it, it is always something precious and new and completely separate of those than came before it, but it is always sure to be thrilling and satisfying. They are always full of meticulous details fully utilized by meaningful prose. The details in VF are up to the standard of her other books, employed by personifying heroin -- a pretty intelligent way to conveying the ...more
Stacey Jo
This was an amazing story that was amazingly writen. A unique concept too. I loved it! It's not a story line I've ever read. That is so refreshing. The characters are very loveable/likeable, even through their faults (well, I didn't care much for Troy). I really liked the epiloge, as it tied the story of very nicely and further explained who/what Denny was.

I hesitate to say too much about what this story is about or risk ruining the twist. I know I would have been really disappointed to know too
Lena Grey
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When Christopher Borgasian, from K.Z. Snow's book 'Visible Friend' was a child, he visualized a boy name Denny. He needed a best friend; he needed at least one person in his life who loved him unconditionally. Always a sensitive, loving child, as Chris got older, he lost faith in people and in himself. He no longer believed he deserved to have a best friend and began using drugs to drown out everyone and everything. Denny was still there, but stuck in the back of his mind. Denny was only allowed ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have always been prone to story with supernatural element in it. In this, the supernatural comes in character of Denny, who is Chris's imaginary friend, and returns to Chris's life after he breaks his relationship with heroin.

The story is written from two point of views: Chris's, using 3rd person, and Denny's using 1st person. From the alternate switch, we learn how Denny has stayed with Chris all his life (since he first "appeared" when Chris was four years old), then withdrew when Chris pus
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This story is unlike one I've experienced or read before. Very unique, out of the box and unlike the ordinary. Very tasteful and highly recommended.

Denny is lovable and a true guardian in first spirit and then real; solid. His character is written in first person throughout the story.

Chris on the other hand has his day to day struggles in combating his addiction, wanting acceptance after having been rejected all his life, which was the point fact cause of his addiction from the getgo. This lon
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I really enjoyed this book!
Chris is a recovering drug addict, making his way back into the world alone, having been disowned by his family for being gay.
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Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The quality of the writing is such, I had cravings for a drug I've never had. Raw, realistic, painful, just like life. The story is, precisely because of this, incredibly enlightening and inspiring. Wish fulfillment at its best. Bravo, Ms. Snow!
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Visible Friend is told from Chris’s third person POV and Denny’s 1st person POV, in the present tense, but the alternating POVs worked well.

This is a very poignant story of a man trying to recover from a drug habit of 9 years, who was also dealing with having no sexual outlet and no friends since there weren’t many gay men in Cold Harbor where he lived. His life was barren, his emotions were fragile and he was always one step away from giving in to the drugs again, as we experience the
Karen K
This was a really sweet and beautiful story. It was as unique as it was endearing, and the writing was fabulous.

The prologue of the book was uncomfortable to read but completely necessary to set the tone of Chris' plight and to show how he was before he changed his life. My heart ached for him, his history, his situation and his struggle to change. He was a complex, strong but needy, character.

The beginning kept me spellbound to find out what was going on and who this emotional, caring man was (
I really enjoyed this story of a drug addicted young man doing all he can to clean up. It's very well-written with an interesting paranormal twist and a beautiful epilogue.
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lovely
3.75 stars
This is going to be long and personal. I mean VERY personal. Because of that I will not rating this book. I can't believe I am about to tell a bunch of strangers my story, but here it goes

Heroin. What a cruel cruel drug. How do I know that? A boyfriend died in my arms during an overdose after his first time using. Did I ever shoot up? Nah, needles terrify me (but doesn't stop me from getting pierced or tattoos). Because of my needle phobia H wasn't my drug of choice. That doesn't mean I wasn't a
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, romance
First off, I love this cover. It's artistic and powerful, and while it's not a traditional romance cover, this isn't really a traditional romance, although romance is a central factor. I think I would have purchased this book based on the cover alone.

This story was rating a strong 3.5, but the epilogue and cover bumped it up to a 4. It's a curious story that focuses on the struggle to regain a footing in life after going through rehab for addiction. In addition to facing all the normal st
T.A. Webb
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"The map of his life was inscribed on his skin."

Chris is a smart, sensitive and caring young man. He is also a heroin addict. After making the choice to break the partnership he has with drugs, he goes into rehab and comes out seven months later clean and ready to face life again. He ha an apartment rented, a job with a landscaping, and support groups and counseling lined up. It has been so long since he has been with a man, but he hopes that will happen soon too.

"Everything has to begin somewhe
This turned out to be less exciting than I imagined. And because I had expected something extraordinary from this, the actual story kind of disappointed, hence the 2 stars.

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Elizabeth H.
3.5 stars rounding up to 4 stars.

This story perplexed me. I don't feel as if the author fully developed the situation or the theme, but at the same time I was certainly interested in reading what she had to say. I felt that the best parts of the book were at the beginning. The opening sequence with the heroin was breath-taking, and the subsequent section at the rehab facility very interesting. The parts with the "Visible Friend," not so much. I guess it seemed like the author didn't know if she
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Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
First off the only thing that saved this book from one star doom was the epilogue.
I didn't care for this story and I am finding it hard to explain why.
The best way I can say it is it felt like that horrible moment when you get to the end of a book and the last lines are "it was all a dream".
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a solid 3 star read for me. It was the epilogue that made it 4 stars. That was sheer awesomesauceness.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
Usually I don't have problems making leaps of faith, but here I just couldn't do it.
Kade Boehme
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good god. Chills. KZ is possibly one of my favorite authors ever. Goddamn the woman is gifted.
I liked this story well enough, but I never could quite connect to the characters in any sort of deep and meaningful way. I think a large part of that was because of how isolated Chris was. I wanted to be able to see him interacting more and breaking out of the social isolation his addiction had placed on him. I didn’t feel like he really built any sort of real interrelated relationship with anyone, Denny included. He kept everything bottled up inside and didn’t turn trust anyone to talk through ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Why I bought the book: It's a KZ Snow book. How can I NOT buy it?!

Plot: Chris has just finished some time in rehab for a heroin addiction.  On his last night in the centre he finds a strange man in his room, Denny,  who seems to know Chris but vanishes mysteriously when Chris calls for help.  Putting it down to emotional nerves, Chris tries to move on with his life. It's not easy for him to face up to the reality of a lonely existence when even contacting old friends runs the risk of him sliding
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars for my rating.

The first thing that really captured me was the subject matter. After 9 years on drugs and 3 years as a heroine junkie, Chris has spent the last 7 months trying to escape the stranglehold of addiction. Putting himself through rehab and recovery without any friends and family to support him, Chris leaves the sober-living facility to begin a new life of independence. What I find interesting is that it's not the drugs that have messed up hi
Jj Nightsong
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Cover - Beautiful imagery, smart, and intriguing

MC's - Chris - a recovering heroin addict; Denny - visible friend.

The story is told in alternating POV's: Denny in 1st person, present tense. Chris in 3rd person past. I found this a little jarring at first, but quickly got used to it. Truthfully, it made it easy to know who was talking when. There may also be a metaphorical reason for Denny to speak in present tense.

I liked the story well enough but it was a little too mysterious, or maybe surrea
Eon Beaumont
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely a strange book. Entertaining. Well written. But strange. The author to me dealt with the theme of recovering addiction believably. The conflicts of an openly gay man and a closeted gay man were appropriately frustrating.

And then there's Denny.

I don't want to say anything about Denny specifically other than, what a brave author to tackle this type of character. The author's bravery for me earned the fifth star. I thought this was going to be about a man overcoming his addicti
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
I'm really on the fence about this one. On one hand, it was a good story. On the other, a lot was missing. The Epilogue was an "A ha!" moment, though I admit to reading it twice to make sure I GOT it. Had that particular part of the story not been explained, I would have been angry at myself for reading the story at all, as the ending of the book didn't exactly do it for me. The Epilogue helped tremendously. I do, however, believe that the story could have been expanded more...... the relationsh ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to C. by: Jennifer

May have spoilers, I'm not sure :P

I enjoyed reading this book. But I felt that trying to tackle the subjects of addiction and rehabilitation and imaginary friends or whatever made it fail. I say this because there wasn't enough of each subject: it is a book about a man recovering from his addition to heroin, however he does remarkably well (with only one moment of real temptation); and it is a book about a imaginary friend coming to life, but Denny is almost invisible (ha-ha pun intended) in the
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-romance
What an amazing, original story. Loved every bit of it!
Imagine if your childhood imaginary friend was more real than you thought, and after you outgrew him, her was still with you like a guardian angel or something? Your best friend, always there if you need him.
When I first saw that the book was about a former drug addict that it might be too difficult to read, as in too depressing, but it wasn't.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shannon by: Shaz
Shelves: nook-lendable
I'll admit to being a little confused on how things worked here and there in this story but in the end, it just got to me. I really liked it. A little woowoo but nothing over the top and sweet. Very sweet.
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