Dante's forced himself to go out with girls in the past and he does it again when he's approached by the beautiful Serena one day on campus, desperate to prove to himself that he's "normal." But when he loses a dr ...more
I enjoyed parts of this book, especially the first third or so, however there were some things that were not completely believable. I do not want to spoil anything but while I appreciated the author being original with the storyline, I felt like s ...more
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Lucky Seven was a lovely surprise. It’s an easy book to read, with low angst. I liked it a lot, even if usually I’m not a huge fan of YA/New Adult books because I honestly prefer to read about characters surer of themselves and their feelings without all that clumsiness we usually find in the younger ones.
I liked Dante and Sven story because it felt like a real one, full of fears and insecurity, and at the end I loved their courage. T ...more
He can appreciate girls but he doesn’t feel any attraction... not even for the nice girl with sunglasses and no voice because of a throat infection....
When he sees Sven with his bad boy attitude he knows he is attracted to him.
Sven has difficulties to approach people as himself and especially guys... so he found a solution...
A tentative journey about discovering all kinds of feelings ...more
This is a sweet coming out story, with some angst, and a cleverly created world of confusion and uncertainty. It develops with both the lead characters, and at times is overwhelming in its chaos. But somehow it works and the reader cannot help but keep reading to see whether these two young men will work out how to be true to themselves. I enjoyed the naivety and the charm, as well as the interactions with family, and the r ...more
ETA: see my review at Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed reading this book, even though it took me a bit to get into. Dante seemed to be really rude and showed quite a bit of anger to anyone who was around him in the beginning. It turns out that he is actually just shy and isn’t really sure how to speak with new people or be around large groups. He has a difficult time acknowledging the sexual side ...more
I really liked this book. Dante hasn’t been necessarily lying to himself but just tries not to think about his sexuality. He is drawn to Sven from their first meeting but finds they have more in common than he ever thought.
Both of these guys are hurting in different ways, Dante feeling like he should be normal and Sven trying to accept himself after being hurt by others before. I how afraid Dante was to go ahead with what he wanted but once h ...more
Dante has always struggled with his attraction towards guys and continues to date girls so that he's "normal". He meets a girl named Serena and thinks he might be on the right path until he meets Sven.
I thought this was a sweet romance about two young men coming to understand how to accept themselves. Although the book touches on bullying I would still consider it low angst and a very sweet, enjoyable read!
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Sven is the boy you just want to protect and tell him it will all be okay while Dante is the one you want to say "just take a chance"
At college, when he sees the so lovely coal-haired Serena (not that he gets her name), he’s smitten but of course, too insecure to talk to her. “What could a gem like her and a plain guy like me have in common?”, leading to “I’d lost my chance, but face it – I wouldn’t have taken it.”
Fifth year college studen ...more
Flash forward those eight years and we find Dante finishing up his last year in college. He’s rushing across campus to make it to a GLBTQ meet ...more
There are a few things about Dante and Sven to like: Once they find each other, they support each other, accept each other, and are good for each other. A good portion of this story, however, left me struggling and frustrated. The book opens with a prologue where Dante is in bed with a girl and he is not aroused. He is mortified and his inner dialogue is this: “I couldn’t tell anyone about this….I definitely couldn’t tell my parents. Even if they weren’t mad–which t ...more
This is a coming of age book and falls into that category of YA/New Adult/Contemporary and as such it’s a touch awkward, just like that time of life can be.
Parts of this book are very tender, sweet and endearing. Dante is confused about who he is and he is terribly worried about disappointing his family. (Which is ridiculous because they are flat out AWESOME and almost too good to be true!)
Sven has his own secrets and his own issues to work out ...more
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What a sweet story, not saccharine sweet but an aww type of sweet. It’s a romance between a virgin trying to figure out if he’s gay, bi or straight. Dante’s had very little experience with girls and none with guys but something is niggling at him ever since he was given the book of man on man love. And dear Sven he feels more comfortable approaching other guys when he’s dressed as a woman unfortunately that gets him into trouble.
I was hooked from th ...more
Lucky Seven by E.L. Esch is a love story about coming into your own as well as coming out to others.
Dante Mathers is a senior in college and more than his clothes are in the closet. Having to be careful around his best friend and roommate is a challenge for Dante. Being gay in a school surrounded by men isn’t a cakewalk.
Then one day on his way to an LGBT group meeting, he spies a female student who turns his head. But wait—he’s gay, right?
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When I finished Lucky Seven by EL Esch last night, I couldn't think what to say. Sometimes that is the sign of a poorly received book. However, in this case, I don't thing that is the issue. I simply am at a loss. There is a lot packed into the pages of this story. A lot that I am glad I read.
I began writing because I always loved the idea that words can create entire universes and characters from nothing but a blank page and an idea. Like one day you have an empty Word ...more