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What if we'd given love a real shot way back then?
What if he'd have been brave enough to try?
What if he'd never gotten married?
What if *I'd* never gotten married?
This book doesn't actually come right out and ask those questions, but they're on the reader's mind from early on in the book.
The story was not at all the story that I had expected when reading the blurb. What I expected was cheating and deceit, lots of sex and angst, but the story that I read was most definitely not *that*. Which ...more
Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely.
Thomas P. Murphy
It's a funny thing; it heals, it flies, it can be wasted or treasured. It's too short - or too long -, it's of the moment and the past and the future. But what can time do to infatuation? That one perfect first love? This is what Harold, and his husband, Stuart, wonder when Harold's ten year reunion comes round.
High School, being a teenager, developing from childhood to adulthood and all the emotions and fears and ...more
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I really wanted to write an actual review for this book, but I just can't do it without giving anything away. All the things I would love to talk about and rail about would spoil the story and I'm not ...more
*** 5 bittersweet stars!***
You know when one good story consumed you, when in the end, you feel like,
"Okay, I'm crying, this shouldn't be happening, but it should be happened like this".
And all you can do is crying, and telling yourself,
"Hey, it's okay...you know what was coming, right?".
And you're just nodded and and cry. Again.
And your head playing a scenario of ... "What if?"
And this book did that.
A not so clever Mario and his smart friend Harold, a high school sweetheart *in the closet*
And major props to Hannah for her “It Gets Better” speech, pointing out that for people like Mario and Barbara, high school is their glory days. Their best days. Ever. But for other people, like Harold, he just needs to ...more
This review contains mild spoilers.
My grandmother used to say all the time, “The two most useless phrases in all of language are ‘What if’ and ‘If only’, Belen. It’s pointless. If you spend all your time worrying about the Future or focusing on the Past you miss the greatest gift – the Present.”
Told almost entirely in flashbacks to twenty years ago, eighteen years ago, ten years ago, seven years ago, and then returning to the Present, this story has quite a lot of humor and a whole lot ...more
Please read the book blurb, it will set you up and not give anything away.
This review will point out one thing: Every main character in this book has serious personality issues--Harold, his husband Stuart, his high school pal and lover Mario, and Mario's wife What's-Her-Name (trust me, that's what she is). But the remarkable thing is that Joe Cosentino gives you all the information you need in just about 100 pages to figure out that in New Jersey over the past 20 ...more
Compelling from the first chapter, this book pulls you in and takes you on a journey that is funny, moving, clever, addictive and sexy as hell.
I don't want to give anything away so I'll only say this: This book is a joy to read and any fan of M/M who doesn't take the opportunity to experience it is doing themselves a ...more
This did not work so much for me. The intent was promising and the dialogue were good. But for me, the plot and delivery were both weak. The author's attempt for Harold to be funny in his narration did not bode for me well. A lot of times, the story felt forced and unnatural. I liked Stuart though and the role that he played in Harold's life. Uh, I guess I only liked Stuart.
4.5 stars for this non-traditional M/M romance.
Lots of people rail about 3rd person over 1st person narratives. Well this is 1st person, which is my personal preference. But not only is the POV close, it's actually interactive with the reader, obliterating the fourth wall. This has worked for me with other books, and it worked for me here. It is told entirely as if the ...more
By Joe Cosentino
Harold High has his happy ever after.
Say that five times fast.
You must remember that 3 stars means good in my world, so 3.5 is very good. In Joe Cosentino’s “An Infatuation,” I really liked Harold, and his husband Stuart (who, most amusingly, is very like Harold’s father).
What I liked best about this short book is that it is essentially a young adult book written from an adult’s perspective, with an adult’s memories. What we get is Harold’ ...more
When we first meet Harold, it is current day, we learn he has a partner of nearly twenty years named Stuart and they are blissfully happy. We are also taken through a brief overview of their very structured lives. Up at 7am, dinner at 6pm, bed at 11pm, the full month’s menu on the refrigerator, with everything, including their volunteer hours on Saturdays, totally structured and scheduled. I always thought I was anal retentive, but after reading about Stuart, I realize I’m ...more
An Infatuation is told from the point of view of Harold who tells his story almost like he is writing a book. The flashback tells of how Harold first meets Mario, the object of his teenage infatuation and one whom he'd always regarded as his first love and greatest regret. Mario is a jock without much regard for academics but he needed a tutor and saw Harold as his ticket to passing the grade and ...more
Harold was a nerd in high school but had a big heart. He knew ...more
The Author executed his storyline with a marvellous precision that would be the envy of many Authors. He draws the readers into the lives of his characters, they become real and in turn, their emotions becomes yours. Because the storyline is told in flashbacks, I knew what was coming? didn’t I? yes, ...more
An Infatuation is so much more than a love story. Written in a flashback narrative and told in first person by the protagonist, Harold, the novel deals with issues ...more
An Infatuation is a beautifully written, bittersweet, story of young love, first love and infatuation versus true love.
Harold was smitten with Mario from the first he met him. At first I felt Mario was just using Harold and I didn’t like him much but as the story goes on my feelings changed about Mario drastically. My heart went out to Harold, I loved Stuart and had mixed feelings about Mario.
For such a short story this was a can’t put down read. I laughed. I sighed and ...more
Harold and Mario sound like some people that I went to high school with! I loved how Stuart and Harold interacted although Stuart was a little over the top with his schedules!
To me this is a perfect slice of life and your first love. And the catching up at the reunion was beautifully written. Great job and I really enjoyed reading it!
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