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The Otto Digmore Difference

(Otto Digmore #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  47 reviews
This is an alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B01N1TARI3.

Road trip!

Otto Digmore is a 26-year-old gay guy with dreams of being a successful actor, and hes finally getting some attention as a result of his supporting role on a struggling sitcom. But hes also a burn survivor with scars on half his face, and all indications are that hes just too different to ever find real
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by BK Books
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May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was so surprised by this book! I was getting in there with no expectations at all actually. The fact that Otto Digmore is 26 years old is a nice change for once. I read books with main-characters who are a lot younger, usually around 16/18 years old. The book is exactly as long as it should be, not too long, not too short, just the right length.

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A.M. Leibowitz
This is the book I didnt know I needed to read.

First, lets get this out of the way: It is not a romance in any traditional sense of the word. If youre looking for something in the vein of couplehood, this isnt it. But it is about many kinds of love, primarily intimate friendship. Its about a lot of other things, too. Theres a line where Otto says he wants to make magic. Well, Otto, you got your wish: Your story is pure magic.

This is a book with a Point. Several, in fact. Otto spells things out
3.5 stars This book was such a nice change of pace from the usual HEA mm romance. That's not to say there isn't a HEA, but it also isn't going to play out in a typical way that you can predict. There's quite a bit of foreshadowing that you can follow if you pay attention, yet even knowing this things still caught me by surprise! (view spoiler) ...more
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
First, I'll warn this isn't a typical romance, in fact it's not really about romance, its truly Otto's story. We follow Otto on his adventurous road trip with his best-friend, Russell, whom he's just a little bit in love with. Russell is a screenwriter, so he sees this road trip as all the other great cliche movie road trips, complete with the mishaps and all. While they meet interesting characters and learn and grow along the way, once they make it to their destination and Otto auditions, the ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you've followed Brent's stories, as I have, you'll know and love Otto Digmore and his friends. That's not to say that you already know the story. True to form, Brent draws you in and moves the story along, never letting you go. I'm anxious to see how this series unfolds. Thank you Brent, for another great story.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Otto Digmore is an actor, and when he finds out that an audition for the role of a lifetime is happening across the country, he and his friend Russel take a road trip. Otto is one of the most self-aware and honest main characters I've ever come across. He's not afraid to admit that being an actor means he lives a double life, and that in his real life, he is actually very lonely. Otto also knows how fickle
Ulysses Dietz
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Otto Digmore Difference
By Brent Hartinger
BK Books, 2017

Five stars

Maybe Im just a suck-up for Brent Hartingers books. I have a few authors like that. So sue me. I loved all the YA Russel Middlebrook books. But Ive loved the New Adult Russel Middlebrook books even more. I finished The Otto Digmore Difference almost desperate for the next chapter in the life of this friend of Russel Middlebrook. Hartingers prose is literate without being literary; his clean matter-of-fact style has been
Brian Centrone
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brent Hartinger is a master story teller, and once again, he treats readers to another page-turner in the Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years Series. But this time (book 4), we get to tag along for the ride (literally), with reader favorite, Otto Digmore. This is the first in a series of books within the Russel Middlebrook world that will feature Otto as the protagonist. Readers first met Otto way back in book two of the original quadrilogy featuring Russel Midlebrook and friends Hartinger wrote ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it
What is this about: Road Trip! Otto is on a mission to get an audition with a famed director, and travels across the US to meet him. Accompanying him is Russel, his now married ex.

What else is this about:Love, family and friends. How appearances are everything, even when you wish they weren't.

Stars: 3.5/5

You know you like a book when...

You get so anxious about the ending, and the main character, you email a friend and ask her if the thing you assume is going to happen is going to happen when
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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When Mr. Hartinger offered me the ARC of the first book in a new series I was first totally dumbfounded and then completely flattered. I mean, Brent Freakin Hartinger?! Hell, yes I was accepting his ARC! Of course, I thought it was a Young Adult book, but hey Brent Hartinger!
Real rating 2.5 star so have rounded up to 3 stars. No matter how you put it; I still hate Russel Middlebrook.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The description of the main character, Otto, intrigued me right away. I don't think I have ever read a book where the main character has severe burns on half of his face. This challenge piqued my interest especially since Otto is an actor in Hollywood. I loved that this was a road trip story and the best part was that the characters in the book admit that road trip stories can be cliche. But because they say this, it makes it NOT cliche. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out and my favorite ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Reviewed for Rainbow Gold Reviews. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

I just finished reading The Otto Digmore Difference and had to sit down right away to write out my feelings while they were fresh. There is a warm feeling in my chest after finishing and a smile on my face.

I have to admit to having this book in my to be read pile for a while. Too long. I first listened to the audiobooks of the Russel Middlebrook series and the the Russel Middlebrook: the Futon Years series a
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks Brent for keeping me up until 3am reading this. Okay, so it was my own fault for choosing to start reading this after midnight in the first place but still!

I love the way Brent writes, his work has a visual quality to it which means that I can easily 'see' what's happening on page in cinematic glory in my head. His Geography Club, in which we first meet Russel (with just the one l) is one of my all time favourite MM books.

Here we get the focus on Otto, the beautiful scarred former
R.J. Seeley
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read as beta reader.

This was a funny one, if I look at it as a singular book I probably wouldn't have picked it up to read, but, as it's connected to a series I love I gave it a go. Otto is a brilliant character, and was throughout, I felt some of the events that happened were a bit dramatised and the romantic subplot a bit unnecessary, but a great read if you're after something quick and entertaining!

4 stars.
Peter Wright
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Otto is my favorite character from the Russel Middlebrook series, all the way back to Order of the Poison Oak where I first met him. Apparently, I'm not the only one because now he's taking center stage in a series all his own. What's thrilling, is we get to see all the neurotic beginnings of his acting career. This book, all on its own, has its own beautiful full circle narrative. When Otto has the chance to audition for a role in a movie, the book becomes a road trip story (as Russel ...more
Jeff Adams
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got to read a beta of this and it's great!
Full review to come close to the release.
Lauren (Shooting Stars Mag) Becker
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
I read all of the YA Russel Middlebrook series - which began with Geography Club - and I was equally thrilled when the author brought Russel into his twenties in the more new adult trilogy. Now, Brent Hartinger is back with a series of books following Otto Digmore, one of Russel's high school boyfriends and current best friend. To ease the transition between Russel and Otto, The Otto Digmore Difference actually features a lot of both. For those that never read about Otto before, be assured that ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-themed
Otto Digmore is an interesting character who goes through so many challenges and troubling emotions he becomes so engaging to the reader and I love his story. He goes on a cross country trip to audition for a big role and takes best friend and ex boyfriend Russell along for support. Do they have feelings for each other? What about Kevin? Russell is the original character of the series and I am already invested in him and Otto from the outset which helps drive the story forward.

Is it a road trip
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Otto Digmore Difference - I thought it was an interesting title, but I didn't realize just how interesting until I was maybe a third into the book.

I finished The Otto Digmore Difference pretty quickly. For one, it was a short book (well, compared to what I'm reading lately, anyway); it was also a very smooth read.

I interviewed the author before I started to read his book and I ended up expecting a more complicated writing style, maybe something that would even prompt me to google a few words
Lisa The Novel Approach
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Otto Digmore was brought to life by Brent Hartinger back in 2005, in the second of his Russel Middlebrook booksthe series that began with the acclaimed novel, Geography Club. In The Otto Digmore Difference, Otto is back, now twenty-six and trying to figure out his life, his career, and his relationship with his best friend, Russel Middlebrook.

As the blurb tells us, Otto is a burn survivor and has scars covering half of his face and part of his body. He has spent his entire life trying not to let
Lena Grey
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Without even realizing it, you taught me a lot of things. Not only about life, but how it's okay to feel something extraordinary about someone. ~ unknown

Otto Digmore, of 'The Otto Digmore Difference', hasn't had an easy life. Since the age of seven, Otto has struggled not only with his physical scars that obviously brought a lot of unwanted attention, but with his wounded psyche as well. He's driven to make something of himself, to be famous, but he finds that being famous is a two-sided coin.
Molly Ringle
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
A book full of heart, told in such a smoothly flowing and engaging voice that I read it swiftly, drawn into Otto's thoughts and the twists his life takes over a few crazy days. I'm always fascinated by the life of actors, especially when described as well as it is here, and from a point of view as unique as Otto's: with scars disfiguring his face, he comes up against even more appearance-based prejudice in his chosen profession than he might in the rest of life. This story doesn't flatter ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, 2018-pinterest
I loved the Russel Middlebrook series, both the YA and adult books. I love the Otto Digmore story, and look forward to reading the rest. Whenever a book integrates contemporary references, especially ones I enjoy or understand, it only solidifies my interest. I have added two movies to my To Be Watched list because of this book.

The cliché road trip story had me at the beginning, especially with its support of movie and novel references. Who doesn't love The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-received
This is my first book by Brent Hartinger, so it's also my first book with Otto. I am definitely interested in reading more of Otto's series, though.

The Otto Digmore Difference really kept my attention throughout the entire book. While it's a shorter book than what I normally read, it didn't feel that way. Not to say that it felt overly long, because it didn't, but it was really perfect. It kept my attention, it was interesting, and a fully fleshed out story.

The only thing that felt a bit off
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it really got into great characterisation especially with Otto Digmore and you got to see a different side of that character. Because he always been the supporting role where is now he is the main focus and Russell was more of the supporting role. It really did look at how the Hollywood establishment views differences and that they should be making strides to be better. This book talks a lot about self-identification and really helps you understand the ...more
Jillian MacLeod
While it's nice to have a protagonist who is physically imperfect, I just didn't like Otto Digmoreor Russel Middlebrook, for that matter.

That alone, though, wouldn't have been enough to drag my rating down from three stars to two, but the book suffers from a handful of other problems, most notable of which is the way character dialogue is used as a vehicle for delivering the author's revealed truth about a variety of topics, including "what's wrong with the Hollywood film industry" and "which
Kay Hawkins
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Since reading the order of the poison oak years ago Otto has always been my favorite character. Russel is nice but he's in my opinion no where near as awesome. I jumped ahead a little to get to this book because I love Otto so much (if you do that be prepared for spoilers these books are in a timeline). In this book Otto becomes more than just a character in a book he becomes real. You feel as if you are reading a story about a real person and it makes you think and reflex on everything in your ...more
Brandon Will
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These old friends are a delight to keep travelling with, book after book, but you don't have to have read the others to enjoy this one. It's a full, complete meal within itself, a simple premise exploring a complex situation: how does the relationship evolve when one of two friends, once lovers, is now happily married, but the other has to admit his romantic feelings still within him. Can you shift from one kind of love to the other, when the love being there isn't in doubt, but comes with ...more
Mike Oaks
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldnt put the book down.

Loved the Russel Middlebrook series. Otto was one of my favorite characters. Now hes in the lead and Russel is his Fool. Road trip with a life lesson. 5.0 for telling it like it is.
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I am Brent Hartinger, a novelist and screenwriter. Ive published fourteen novels, had nine screenplays optioned, and had two of my projects turned into feature films.

My first novel, Geography Club (2003), is the story of a gay teen named Russel Middlebrook. It was one of the first in a new wave of break-out LGBTQ young adult fiction, and it was adapted as a feature film in 2013. I subsequently

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