A Hundred Thousand Words
Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn't the lone gay guy and the ...more
Kristan's review captured everything to love about this book. You can read her review, here. So I'm just going to keep this short.
There is a consistent tenderness to this book – from the eloquent and crisp writing, to Toby’s honest point of view, up to the engrossing plot. All these flowed with utmost delicateness. When I read this, I felt a heavy weight surrounding everything in the story but it wasn’t stifling and oppressing. Rather, I was awed by its authenticity – how it just felt utterly an...more
Let me start off by saying: this is how you write a New Adult story!
I am such a sucker for NA but got kind of bored with the genre after seeing the same things over and over. One of the main characters needs to be saved or let's throw every freakin' problem we can think of at them in one book- let's make it angst galore! This book was like a breath of fresh air. We have two men who have been in each other's lives ...more
New adult and M/M in genre, A Hundred Thousand Words is a sweet, sexy, and touching story, featuring a best-friends-brother/friends-to-lovers couple dynamic between main characters Toby and Levi.
Toby and Levi have always been in each other’s orbits, with Toby crushing hard on the slightly older Levi from a young age. But when they unexpectedly form a new, more emotionally charged bond when home from school one Christmas break, the two begin to explore a sexual relationship that ends up f ...more
I just couldn't really get in to this one. There was some skimming going on.
I didn't find Tobias very likable. Not sure what Levi saw in him. Toby didn't seem to put much effort in to the friendship/relationship/arrangement.
I just didn't really care what happened. I kept putting the book down, doing other things.
BR, November 1st with Momo.
This was nice!!
I loved that Toby was secretly in love with his best friend's brother Levi.
Seemingly Levi has gotten everything in life so easy.. His father's proud cause he's following his father's footsteps as doctor.
Levi was always good with the woman. His brother Chris "hated" him for it and for being an ass about it also..
Toby has grown up without his mother. He's not having this great relationship with his father. Ever since Toby's mother abandoned her fa ...more
Tobias “Toby” Jackson is an English major, who is visiting home for winter break. Toby grew up feeling like an outsider in a small town where he was the only Black kid and the lone gay kid at his school. He’s had a crush on his best friend’s older brother, Levi, since childhood.
Levi Baxter grew up pop ...more
We've all had that moment; the one where you realize that the plans you had made, and the place where you're at, aren't necessarily the same. Or, the dreams you once had for yourself aren't necessarily the ones you would dream up for yourself now. Sometimes we can pinpoint where our life took a different path than the one we thought was laid out for us. Other times we look back, dissecting, and searching for where it began to unravel.
That's essentially the meat this book.
This book is a ...more
Although this is a romance, I see this more as a coming of age story. I loved the writing style. This is told in Toby's voice and his voice felt very authentic to me. He grew up in small town Oregon where he was the only black and gay boy in school. This has shaped his personality in some respects and the fact that his mom left before his teen years has shaped him in other ways. He's afraid to form relationships for fear of being hurt or left behind. His only relationship is that with ...more
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Read this book people. Like you need it in your life, in your blood, in your bones to be honest. It's so sweet and romantic and real and raw. I related to it, You will relate to it. It's about college, decisions, family, loss, love, friendship. It's so real that you will feel you're inside the story with these characters. Nyrae Dawn made my night when I read this. It's definitely one of my favorite now.
Some things I adored (and you probably will t ...more
It is endearing. It would make you laugh and swoon. There’s also the quality of authenticity to it. It’s a spectacular read that would nicely diffuse the tension in your body.
Here’s some of my favorite things about it:
- The main protagonist is gay, biracial.
- The author is biracial as well, it’s an #ownvoice book. ...more
Oh, I loved this book. Nyrae Dawn crafts this story of Levi and Toby with such eloquence and so much heart. A Hundred Thousand Words is the story of two young men who have known each other for years, and through the course of their relationship realiz ...more
He however redeemed himself in the end so I guess he wasn't so bad after all.
I still want to smack him on the side of his head though.... ;)
I've wanted to read this for a long time now, and why wouldn't I? The cover is amazing, the blurb looks super interesting, everything seems to click... Except the fucking excecution. Don't get me wrong, Nyrae Dawn obviously has something serious going on (I highlighted so many passages that were so beautifully written that I think it's a shame that the whole book didn't have the same feel as some of its s ...more
What's better than reading about falling for the best friend's older brother? The m/m version, of course!
Loved this book!
Toby and Levi. Sigh. I loved this story about these two beautiful, flawed, real characters.
Levi is Toby's best friend's older brother. He has harbored a secret crush on him forever. It is, in fact, how he realized he was gay. Growing up in a small town was not easy for Toby - the only gay and black guy in his community. Escaping to college allowed him to explore his ...more
I've been wanting to read something from this author for a while now. This one has been on my tbr for a while and I wasn't sure what I was in the mood for, so I picked this one up.
The writing was so good. The characters were solid. I loved Toby and Levi. I also loved Chris ( Levi's brother and Toby's best friend, who I wanted more of) and Elaine (Levi and Chris' mom). She was awesome. I wanted to shake both dads on a couple of occasions in this.
Toby's issues felt very ...more
I totally bought into both main characters, they are well developed, they are real, they're flawed and I absolutely fell in love with both of them.
I felt Levi's reluctance and confusion and I loved how he handled Toby so gently and carefully all while trying to work through his own issues.
I felt so sorry for Toby and his dad...I can't imagine how hard it must be to live with the feelings of abandonment.
The emotion ...more
First what I loved:
THE DIVERSITY. Okay I'm sorry to make a big deal of this but I am a black gay man and there is little to no racial and/or ethnic diversity in M/M Romance main characters. So I thought this concept was refreshing.
LEVI. I loooovved Levi. I mean at first he grated on my nerves, but I love how he was so forward and loving! Like he said stuff like this:
I'm not playing games an ...more
This was an incredibly sweet, funny, sexy and emotional friends to lovers story.
But were they really ever friends to begin with? Not really.
Levi is Toby's best friend's older brother. He was off limits. Friend material or otherwise!
Two very different men, both broken in their own way. Each has a burden they carry. Feelings they keep inside.
Toby was quiet. He didn't know how to express his feelings.. afraid to get attached and rightly so due to his past with his family.
"You're good at...more
In the beginning, I really liked Toby. The conflict with having a huge crush on his friend's brother and feeling was betraying Chris made me really empathize. Levi was annoying as hell, but that's okay, because I usually have a soft spot for the douchey character ...more
I had planned to come back and write a big, long review for this about how I absolutely adored Toby, how I thought he was very realistically portrayed, how I loved his voice. I obviously did not do that, so I'll have to do it during my next read. But he felt very real to me, and I definitely connected emotionally with the book.
This book features one of my favorite tropes—best ...more
I love nothing more than writing about young adults. There is something so fresh and fun about it. You can pretty much always find me with a book in my hand or open document in front of me.
I live in Southern California with my husband and two children.