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Giuseppe and Me

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Alessandro Lupo (Alex) is a sixteen-year-old gay foster child who has been moved from "home" to "home" in New York City. Isolated by circumstances and by the protective shield he's surrounded himself with, he wanders the streets of the West Village and gravitates toward Stonewall Inn, where the 1969 riots planted the seeds of the gay civil rights movement. Having been rape ...more
ebook, 30 pages
Published February 26th 2014 by Smashwords
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May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A lovely short book with a Message and an Agenda - but the main character, Alessandro, is so charming and attractive that nothing else matters. Robin Reardon knows how to create characters and their lives to entice and beguile readers!

Ten spyte van die motivering vir die skryf van hierdie kortverhaal weet Robin Reardon uiters goed hoe om karakters en hul lewens te skep dat lesers hulle gewillig laat meevoer. Die sjarmante hoofkarakter, Alessandro, veeg alle weerstand en enige potensiële beswaar
Lena Grey
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alex, of 'Giuseppe and Me' by Robin Reardon, has had a difficult life. When his mother died, Alex was put into the foster care system and he's been through some rough times. Although he tries to hold on to his heritage, everyone around him seems to be either ignoring or doing their best to destroy him. Alex has learned to shield himself from most of this pain, but that's not what he wants. Alex wants to stand tall and be proud, but it's an uphill battle. He's confused and lost, he knows he's gay ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alex Lupo is a NYC sixteen-year-old guy trying to figure out just who he is. Actually, he's a lot of things:

He's Italian and curious about his heritage
He's a foster kid who misses having a real family and all that that entails
He's a target for his bully foster brother
He's a molestation survivor
He's gay
He's capable of standing up for himself but unwilling to run the risk of doing so.
He's drawn to sex but he's afraid of what he might discover.

What he'd really like is someone to discuss this stuff
Victorias' KeepinitReal
Good story

Well written story. The MC/Alex is such an interesting character. This story is written from the MCs POV. The author provides the MCs past history of abuse within the foster care system. Alex desires family and true meaningful safe sexual encounters. His conversations and sexual explorations with a boy(s) he meets in the park is at the core of this intriguing short story.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
We could all stand to learn something from this awesome story of courage, and conviction. A+!
Michael Perez
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A quick and easy read, as well as engaging—especially for young adult and teen readers, who would benefit the most from this story. It contains a couple of very important life lessons, and the author has done a great job presenting them in a way that is not preachy, while also very self-affirming and empowering. She has also created characters that are believable and relatable. Obviously, not everyone has experienced the physical and emotional pain the protagonist Alex has, but you would be hard ...more
Michael Prier
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, favorites
I love short stories, especially ones that I can read in one sitting and still have time to contemplate what I read. Alex Lupo is a foster child, living with the Dunlops, coming to terms with being gay and wanting someone to experience life with. Having been raped, he is a little leery about having sex with someone else, especially in the midst of getting tested for HIV twice. He meets Ron, an upper crust full of himself individual and thinks that he wants to experience more with him, until he i ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, m-m-romance
I really liked this story. Alex is a foster kid with a really rough background. You quickly see how it’s affected him. Robin Reardon really knows how to write characters that you sympathize with. I wish I could be a person in Alex’s life to help him through. She also writes bad guys you absolutely despise with all your being. Unfortunately Alex doesn't see how bad some people are for him right away. This is one of my favorite stories that I've read from the the Real Story Safe Sex Project. This ...more
Mitch Howard
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing short story and perfect introduction to the author

Read this on recommendation of a friend and am so glad I listened. A well crafted character and smoothly flowing writing make this a pleasure to read.
Definitely adding Reardon to my library.
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was a great read. Very standard for Mrs. Readon, who I've come to love as a author. I wish there were more books about HIV and AIDS awareness for young gay men. We should continue to print books like this and others in the safe sex project.
Shelley Chastagner
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked Alex's voice in this short story. It's mostly inner monologue, but it feel real. He has a lot of fear and pain he's carrying around and his self esteem is fragile. Meeting a real Giuseppe gives him what he needs to see himself as worthy of respect, kindness and love.
All read
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Alessandro immediately. I despise Ron, mainly because of his sense of entitlement and complete ignorance. I wish to see Alessandro come into his own and see his character evolve and grow. I want more.
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, gay-ya-fiction, ya
This book is great, was glad he used graphic language and did not suger coat things like so many YA authors
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very inspiring story of being assertive for your own life and safety. A story that should be read by every young gay man.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-ebooks, z2016
I thought this was a good story with an important message. I'm just a bit sad that the romance didn't work out. For someone that's had such a hard time I had hoped that it would work out.
Alina Neacşu
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Always safe sex guys !!
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I'm an inveterate observer of human nature, and my primary writing goal is to create stories about all kinds of people, some of whom happen to be gay or transgender—people whose destinies are not determined solely by their sexual orientation or identity. My secondary writing goal is to introduce readers to concepts or information they might not know very much about. On my website, ...more