Pictures of You
Eighteen-year-old Peter Mandel, a private school senior—class of 1991—is passionate about photography. Peter doesn’t have many friends, preferring to shoot pictures from behind the scenes to keep his homosexuality secret.
Enter Adam Algedi, a charming, worldly new guy who doesn't do labels, bu ...more
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Holy sh*t, this book made me raaaage. I was like a complete and total psycho reading this story, oscillating between smiling, crying and screaming, and scaring the crap out of my husband while going through an insane range of emotions.
There are some things you NEED to know before starting this book. Just a warning, some might view some of these details as *spoilery,* but, honestly, you can get most of this information from the blurb:
1) There is no HEA in book 1. None. Nada. In fact, ...more
I graduated high school in 1988 in the American south. Leta Blake captures the time period with exquisite perfection. Set in Knoxville, TN between August 1990 and June 1991, Pictures of You transported me back to a time before internet and cell phones. To a time that was less friendly toward the LGBT community (though we still have a long way to go), Operation Desert Storm was underway and prejudice was normal. It isn't a time o ...more
Just send someone to collect the body.
I. AM. DEAD.
WOW. WOW. WOW.
Coming of age.
We love so deeply.
Strong, beautiful, real, passionate and evocative writing.
Extra love for secondary characters too!!
This series has been in the works for fourteen years. It is my favorite work in many ways and Peter is the character of my heart. I hope readers love him, too. Thank you to every reader! I know Peter is in good hands now. :)
Coming September 2016. ...more
This is an amazing story that I couldn't put down! Peter's story is one that will make your heart ache. For those of you who dislike cheating, you may not like this story however, it really isn't cheating in the usual sense and I think everything Peter is put through in book one is going to make him all the more stronger in following books.
This story is set in the year 1991 and takes place in Knoxville Tennessee, so think back to a time when being Gay was really frowned upon, AID ...more
At first glance you know this is the coming of age story of Peter and Adam. Peter's isolated at school and keeps his homosexuality a secret. In comes the new guy, Adam, who sweeps Peter off his feet. Easy, right?
This book put me through the ringer. I'm going to post a few images of what I felt like while reading it.
I feared for my iPad while reading this. I even thought to myself- there's no way this book is getting a high rating because-
Nothing high ...more
I'll be honest with you, it's not an easy read. You are not always going like these characte ...more
Jumping right into the second book. My heart aches SO bad, but I NEED to know what happens next.
"Something in me had broken over our months together. It hadn’t been an instant break, more of a slow shatter. I could point back to moments and say, “This crack started there, and this one there,” but now I was ...more
I have a few authors where I don't even read the blurbs. Someone says "Hey, do you want an ARC from *insert author name* and I say "Yes" and off I go. This author is on that list. So.......Alisa didn't read the blurb or the note at the bottom of it and went into this expecting a sweet ya love story. Alisa ended up reading way into the middle of the night while grasping a bottle of wine, a box of kleenex and alternating between having teary eyes and screaming death threats at a fictional characte ...more
How the heck can I possibly rate this?
I can't remember ever being that upset and frustrated for virtually a whole book.
I loved Peter, LOVED him with everything I've got and maybe it's age or whatever but I felt so protective of him I just wanted to kill Adam most of the time.
Peter is sweet, and cute and kind and everything else lovely people around him say, even if he doesn't believe that. He is a lovable nerd, so when he meets Adam,who is confident and hot and sexually more experie ...more
Peter is a new student at Kingsley High, a private high school in Knoxville, Tennessee. "Tormented by a group of jocks who’d pegged [Peter] as gay since the eighth grade," his parents transfer him to Kingsley for his senior year. At late summer orientation he meets twins Adam and Sarah, who've attended various American schools around the world and have been sent to Knoxville to live with their older brother, away from the political turmoil in the ...more
Another historical series [yep, set in the 1990's...Geez, does that make me feel old!! 😕], and Leta, this has gone straight into my top 5 reads of 2016!! We have a) oodles of feels [yes, the emotional wringer has made so few appearances this year, so yay!!], b) excellent writing, [well duh...it's Leta!!], and c) a child-like innocence, but also so many lies and numerous instances when cheating rears it's ugly head [ugh!!...although to be honest, I'm making allowances cos they're only 18 and ...more
I want to hunt down Leta Blake and stalk her until she tells me what will happen in the end of this series. "Pictures of you" put me through an emotional wringer, and fucked with my sanity big time. And this is only the beginning of Peter's journey!
I'm just going to share some thoughts since there are already wonderful and instructive reviews (read Jewel and Heather's review).
I know there are a lot of Adam haters out there but I'm not one of them. It's easy to love Peter, the gay ki ...more
This book though. Leta Blake books have a way of getting under my skin. This is quite different from her other stuff, but I was just as emotionally invested, if not more. The writing and characters were lovely. T ...more
This is the first book of the series and despite me feeling more frustration than happiness, I can see so much potential for the author to explore. For our main pro ...more
What a journey. I was put back into the past. A quarter century. In the 90s, I was early twenty and I remember as if it had been yesterday. The music, the quarrels as a high school graduate, the problems of professional choice, the conflicts with the parents, the first love and so on.
This book is so life-like an ...more
When I saw a Leta Blake arc up for grabs I jumped on. Silly me didn't read the blurb first though so wasn't aware it was coming of age, and that it was part one of a four part series. It was to late though because I'd already gotten it, so I put it off for a while, but finally decided I had to just do it. Well let me tell you, I absolutely devoured this story. It was fantastic, and quite possibly my favorite Leta Blake to date. Now that's not to say it was all happiness and roses. In ...more
So, as I'm sure happens to all of you, there are certain authors that you know going into their book you can expect certain things. Whether it's a specific type of character, or a setting, or even a theme, you just know when you pick up the book you'll find it. With Leta Blake you know you're going to get stellar writing, complex, layered characters, along with lots of angst and turmoil along the way. In her new book, Pictures of You, Leta doesn't fail to live up to this ex ...more
This one was rough, guys. I have so many mixed emotions about this book. I honestly don’t know how I feel about it, even hours later. Please don’t misunderstand me… I’m not saying it wasn’t good. It was absolutely good; Leta Blake can write the hell out of a story. But, that being said, it was a tough one to read, and I personally have to be in the proper mindset to read a book like Pictures of You. I ...more
I have to start by saying I love Leta Blake's books. She's never ever disappointed me and even if you don't like a character she manages to tell her story in such a deep, layered, realistic, honest, no holes barred way that you can still understand them and their emotions, while still not liking them (that made sense in my head lol).
This is my very first Coming of Age book and quite honestly I never gave that sub-genre(?) any thought as I also don't usually read YA but it's Leta so off I ...more
Is it a romance?
A coming of age story?
A kick in the gut?
It all of those things and more.
It's beautifully written but damn it hurts.
Peter is adorable. He's sweet and geeky and funny. He has absolutely no self confidence and yet occasionally, very, very occasionally, we get glimpses of steel when he stands up for himself. Those moments are precious.
Adam is....Adam. I liked him and then I didn't, but that's the whole point.
We've all known an 'Adam' or t ...more
I was expecting a light read when I started this book and by the third chapter I was hooked. The story isn't light at all. Peter is under the influence of Adam. I didn't like Adam; I'm not sure if I ever did as the chapters passed. He has so much control over Peter. Yet the things he told Peter sounded so genuine I found myself always wondering what was real and what was a lie.
Peter talked about love being like honey. A little is good, more is better, but too much and it's a ...more
This is 100% the reader and not the book.
At 36% I'm going to dnf this one because I can't handle the emotions that the story invokes.
This amazing coming of age story set in the early 90's was a rollercoaster ride of emotions for me. Love, hate, anger, empathy, disbelief, understanding, arousal, and reminiscences of times past.
It is the story of Peter and Adam, told through Peter's point of view. Two seniors meet. They become fast friends. They fall in love. And one falls in love with a girl. I yelled at both of these characters for what they did, and moments later I found myself ackno ...more
The main thing I would tell readers!!!
Pictures of You is about heartbreak, sadness, love, and understanding. It's about two young men falling in love in the early 90's in Knoxville, Tennessee in their senior year of High School.
I am so shocked at myself, it was emotional at many different of times, but I didn't cry as much as I thought I would. I'm also a fan of Adam!!! Don't throw anything at me. I think I understand Adam so much, and his reasoning. He made me what to kid ...more
Leta Blake has become an author whose books I pounce on. Most of the time the payoff is an incredible reading experience.
This start to a four-part series had a few elements that spoke to me. Namely, the 1990-91 high school setting — this was my era. In fact, it was my graduating year. Also, the Knoxville setting — I used to have some ties there, enough that the ...more