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Eighteen-year-old Ing is torn apart by two conflicting emotions: his numbing grief for his dead mother and his enduring love for a boy named Ellis. Four years ago, while visiting his grandmother in a remote part of Norway, his mother died the same day he kissed Ellis, his summer friend. Convinced that moving to Norway will solve his issues, Ing faces his first setback when ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published July 17th 2014 by Harmony Ink Press (first published July 16th 2014)
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Kaje Harper
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This book is an interesting take on growing up and coming to terms with past trauma. The tragedy in Ing, the MC's, life is that his mother's car went off the road into the river when he was 14. Her body was never found, and his father, and to some degree Ing himself, are in limbo. They can't move on or grieve properly, because to do so is to extinguish that little fragment of hope that somehow, somewhere, she might still be alive.

Ing travels from his father's post in Singapore to live with his
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Nina Rossing
Jun 27, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, young-adult, lgbt
I wrote this book, so it's not like I should rate it :-)
Nicolas Scala
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
DISCLOSURE
I received this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review through the Goodreads YA LGBT book club’s Read-to-Review program. Although I did not meet the original deadline, the author kindly agreed to give me extra time to submit a review.

NOTE to the reader
Since this is my first Goodreads review, I will ask you to be patient and forgive my mistakes. Let me remind you (because some people here seem to forget this basic fact sometimes) that this is my personal (and therefore subjecti
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Brandilyn
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, read-2014
3.75*

Holy slow burn batman… sometimes I love slow burn. Sometimes, not so much… Luckily this time, I was interested enough in the story that I didn’t really notice the lack of romance for most of the story. There did come a point, however, where it got to be a little repetitive, and I wanted to the male leads to finally stop circling each other and do something.

Supermassive is a coming of age tale of that pairs long lost childhood friends four years after their one and only kiss. Ellis is the lo
...more
Justin
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, lgbt
My apologies to the author for taking so long to review this one, normally I type something up on my phone as soon as I finish a book so I don't forget but I wanted to give this one my full attention since I was given a copy in exchange for a review so I waited and then did what I always do and forgot. I loved the book though, I see in the other reviews and in the group read of it in the ya lgbt group that a lot of people call it a slow burner romance but honestly I wouldn't call it a romance at ...more
Luan Kahili
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For starters, I am a boy, not gay, and decided to try some genres. This book got me by the not-erotic and not-guys-making-up cover and I guess it could be called a spark when I first saw the book. The writer, Nina Rossing, has an amazing way of writing and I have not found so many writers that have had their writing style this good. Next plus is that it was all from the point of Ing and I am really glad for that. If it were not from his point then I do not think his deep thoughts and his, let us ...more
J.S. Frankel
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The first third of the novel really hooked me. Sad, sadder, saddest...but the descriptions of how Ing lost his mother, the beauty of Norway (which I have visited) and the sense of loss was so palpable, it was quite moving and I hoped for a more upbeat although realistic middle and ending.

Coming to terms with death is never easy, much less coming to terms with someone you care for. The parts with his grandmother and her acceptance of his orientation were wonderfully written, simple and yet comple
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Suki Fleet
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, m-m
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Snoodle
Totally loved the first third of this book but not sure how I feel yet about the rest. Thought the author did a wonderful job of portraying Ing's grief over his mother's disapearance and his disconnect with his father. Much of the language is beautiful, particularly the descriptions of Norway. In contrast though the dialogue between the teens seemed a little stilted and didnt feel real (though perhaps this is a translation issue?). The romance elements also fell a little flat...I was so eager fo ...more
Teresa
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was sad how when Ing had just began to understand his feelings for his best friend Ellis his life drastically took a turn for the worse when his mother died that ended up separating them. Her death by drowning seemed to paralyze Ing and his father until his grandmother stepped in. Ing knew that he had to return home if he was ever going to regain his life and in that action he showed his strength of character. Dealing with the past is never easy, but seeing how Ing and Ellis dwelt with their ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
DNF at 15%. I might return to this later but it just isn't grabbing me.
Kristi
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked Ing.
I loved the first 2/3 of the book. The ending was a little blah for me. I wanted more.
Sara Ella
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Supermassive: something that is all powerful, amazing, beautiful, inevitable.

This journey is a young man's search for himself. Four years after losing his mother, Ing is having a hard time dealing his grief and disconnected from his father who is also struggling with his own grief. Ing makes a final, no-turning-back, decision to face his fears and let his sorrow go or face failure. This decision takes him from Singapore to a small town in Norway, on his own odyssey, because he knows there is a g
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Nikki Hastings
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I read Supermassive after recently reading Fjord Blue, which I loved. For me, I wasn't quite as hooked on Supermassive, but it was still a pretty good read. I particularly enjoyed that this book was also set in Norway, which is very unusual and different within an English-language YA novel. It was the setting, so different from anything I have ever experienced living in Western Australia, that has really set author Nina Rossing apart.

I look forward to seeing what Rossing writes next, and I cros
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Lea
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
It was a sweet story that had some problems with the follow through. Ing was a very endearing character and his relationship with his grandmother was a terrific one. The description of the beautiful Nordic landscape made me want to reach out to my local travel agent. The vicissitudes and cruelty of teenage life were ably captured and characterizations were well done.

But it was profoundly boring and rudderless for large swathes of the text. It took a while for me get used to style and tone of the
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K.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Really loved the first half of this book. The descriptions of Norway are wonderful, and the main characters reintegration to the country is a great way to introduce the reader to it. Dealing with Ing's past and emotional trauma was good. I wasn't a fan of a lot of the dialogue--it felt awkward and not exactly teenager-ish. The last half of the book felt a little dragging -- holy slow burn, Batman! -- but overall well written. I liked the characters a lot.
Carolyn
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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natasa
Jun 26, 2016 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
jó, már régen töltöttem le és nem emlékeztem a tartalomra, bár a kiadóból tudtam, hogy meleges, de szóval másfél fejezet alatt nem jöttem rá, hogy fiú a főszereplő. :)))
túl lassú és önismétlő volt, nem tudott lekötni, úgyhogy inkább kéremoszoltam.
Kristy Maitz
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was okay reading material but could be better. Somehow that writing stile did not appeal to me. From my point of view reader is to much inside main character thoughts and to little is actually happening. There should be more action or something. I don't know.


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Nina Rossing lives in Norway, where the winters are long and the summers short. Despite the brilliant nature surrounding her, she spends more time in front of her computer, or with a book in her hands, than in the great outdoors (though you may find her out on her mountain bike if the weather is good). She works as a high school teacher, which in her opinion is probably the best job in the world. ...more

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