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A Boy at the Edge of the World

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  40 reviews
A confabulated fictional memoir.

Meet Daniel Garneau, your average gay hockey player from small-town Ontario. After moving to Toronto to attend university, Daniel meets David, a bike mechanic whose Catholic Italian mother talks to her dead husbands. Their chemistry is immediate, but Daniel is still drawn to his ex-boyfriend Marcus, a performance artist whose grandfather
Paperback, 349 pages
Published March 28th 2018 by Guernica Editions
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Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and I have to say I am both positively surprised and impressed. It was not perfect and I can imagine peope who are into the whole LGBT genre of quick novellas might not like a book like this one, quite long and without so much fake and contrived drama as those. However, I do hope that people give this a chance because it is quite simply VERY GOOD!

The main characters fumbles about in his early twenties, the cast of characters is likeable, has amazing
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: gay mc, mlm side characters

Review also on my blog. ARC provided by the publisher.

Well, this is a weird book to give a rating to. Its not bad? But I wouldnt exactly say its good. If I were to describe it in one word, I would probably choose interesting. Or maybe, more accurately, striving to be interesting.

A Boy at the Edge of the World tells the story of Daniel and his romantic & sexual adventures since he was seventeen and kicked off a hockey team for getting into a fight with a bunch
Rebecca G.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whimsical, lighthearted, and fun!!

A boy at the Edge of the World is an all around adventure, and easy to read... I imagine people reading it in the beaches or on Toronto Island smiling and giggling to themselves. It has character's that are engaging, witty, and curious...full of adventures. There was definite complexity and chemistry between the character's that I really appreciated making me fall in love with Daniel and Karen the most. The fast paced exciting thrill of Daniel's escapades in
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to say that I really did enjoy reading this book. It was fun, not too hard to read, and now I also know more Canadian slangs. Daniel is living his life full of surprises and he never lacks of things to get done. I didnt quite expect him to end up with the boyfriend he currently has, which I will not get into more because I dont want this to be a review that contains spoilers.
I can say, I am waiting for a sequel because I need to find out what happens with these lovely characters next!
Procrastinating Slytherin
Another story generously granted by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, in spite its somewhat misleading synopsis, follows Daniel Garneau, as he tries to find his place in the world.

If I had to use one word to describe the book, Id certainly pick chaotic. Though exploring different writing styles is certainly entertaining, A Boy at the Edge of the World was a bit too disorganized for me. Still bittersweet about the lack of closure it is my genuine suspicion that in this debut novel
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Boy at the Edge of the World
David Kingston Yeh
Book Review | 📚📚📚📚 4/5

A fun and fast-paced read about one guys life through most of his 20s. Oh, and he happens to be gay and he happens to live in Canada.

Why I was interested in reading this book:
I dont read a lot of fiction that follows the coming of age of someone. But there was something in the blurb that sounded sincere and honest that compelled me to check it out.

My assessment:
At first, I thought, Oh, no. A fluffy story about another
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh was an intense read for me. It was full of diverse characters that went through little or drastic changes throughout the time span of the novel. I dont remember reading anything that was set in Canada. So, yeah, this was a nice change for me from the usual novels set in UK or USA.
The author beautifully details how the protagonist Daniel deals with various important moments in his life. From realizing his sexuality to dealing with the death of
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
*I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I really enjoyed this book. The blurb doesnt 100% nail the premise of the book so it was nothing like I had expected. Its about screwed up people doing screwed up things while trying to make sense of it all. Its about relationships and boundaries. As for the main plot? There isnt one. There are themes and things happen but there isnt a story arch throughout. Which doesnt always work. But did it ever work here.

Daniel Bois
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, lgbt, toronto, queer
I read this book in four days and I think Im going to read it again! I laughed out loud, I gasped, I cheered, and I shed a few tears. Many of the moments were reminiscent of my early adult years as I was trying to figure myself out, and I could see myself and other people I knew in many of the novels complex, curious and dynamic characters. The novel doesnt take itself too seriously; its written in the first person and youre in the shoes of this young gay guy who is discovering and testing the ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This is such a fun read.

I enjoyed reading this book. Each time I was waiting for the bus or before going to bed, I would take my phone, open my e-reader and start reading 'A Boy At The Edge of The World'.

What I enjoyed the most about this novel, is the characters. I rarely find myself reading about likeable, diverse and 3-dimensional character. The amount of representation brought me happiness, and I am grateful they weren't used as tokens. The story also introduced me into various topics I
c, (½ of readsrainbow)
Galley provided by publisher

Rep: gay mc

You know those books where you're fairly rapidly sure that it's not for you? This is one of those. I have to say I got that sense really early on, within the first 30 pages, after there was a rape scene that didn't seem to have any sort of purpose. The book is also written in a series of vignettes, so it reads in a pretty broken up manner. I didn't get far enough for that to have consequences but it does feel like that kind of style would impact on how well
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun, sexy, and sometimes heartwarming, A Boy At the Edge of the World is an episodic narrative that felt both familiar and imagined, provocative and sentimental. I can't remember the last time I read a novel from cover to cover so quickly. We get rare glimpses into Daniel's caring soul -- moments I longed for more of -- and the fast-paced, queer adventures are sustained with a distant but present feeling of support throughout. One line in the book particularly resonated with me: "I had an urge ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Yehs first book after it was recommended by a friend online. It is a coming of age story about a young man from Northern Ontario trying to find his way in Toronto. Filled with lots of local references to the city I know well it was a delight to read because it is written in a quick, light manner and is a must read for anyone interested in a portrayal of the city and queer culture in the twenty-first century. It is in a way a love letter to the city that would translate nicely to ...more
Jason Arbuckle
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Read! I polished it off in 3 days. I loved following Daniel (the main character) through the ups and downs of his relationships. Since it took place in Toronto I especially loved the reference to local establishments as I have been to many myself and could relate. This book provides the reader a rare glimpse into the life of a gay, university student juggling family, friends, x-boyfriends and lovers. It courageously addresses the various sexual relationships people find themselves in and ...more
Don Nichols
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A boy at the edge of the world took me on an adventure through the life of Daniel Garneau, a young man coming out in the big city of Toronto. Love, sex, drugs, relationships & family, I felt that I got to know the character and relate on many issues facing young gay men. From feelings of isolation and alienation to belongingness and connection this book explored relationships in a way that was honest while keeping it edgy. Great read. I look forward to Daniel Garneaus next chapter. ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, netgalley
ARC REVIEW FOR NETGALLEY This was a slice of life story about a young man, his ups and downs with relationships, dating and family. It was enjoyable-ish, but I felt like I was waiting for the story to go somewhere - more, if I am clarifying myself. Although I do think that was the point of this book and it just may not be my thing. It was interesting and engaging at times but I had a feeling of wandering, the ending also left room for a follow-up or open ending.
Pierre Bois
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun coming of age story featuring characters you'll start to miss the moment you're done reading it. A must read for any lgbt+ young adult.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It could be looked at as a 'slice of life' but through all the chaos and turbulence, Daniel's coming out and coming of age-- explores the many layers of self acceptance and reconciliation with the past that haunt many people throughout life.

In spite of family and friends that totally support Daniel, he struggles with an overwhelming disconnect that affects all his relationships. I love how author David Yeh tells this story and takes us along Daniel's journey of love
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a uniquely personal story that celebrates love, friendship, family and the darkness and light found within them all. It's knowingly and beautifully set against the backdrop of Toronto. The treatment of the city as an additional character made me miss being there. Daniel's journey is portrayed with honesty and respect and you'll find yourself invested in his experiences. There's an unmistakable commonality in how Daniel interacts with those he likes and loves to which everyone will ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
For a while I didnt know what I was reading, but as I kept on, things kept falling into place and I really began to relate to Daniel. Funny and sobering, this is New Adult Gay Literature at its finest. ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canlit, lgbtqi2s
Super easy to read and entertaining. You can tell that David Kingston Yehhas written plays, as the dialogue is super. It lacks a central storyline aside from being somewhat of a bildungsroman built episodically. I can see why people wouldnt like it for this. However, semi-autobiographical or not, this is how you do this kind of book: down-to-earth and real. A very Toronto-centric novel with tons of allusions for those who live in the city to love. A Boy at the Edge of the World is great debut ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3/5 stars. Chaotic is the first word that comes to mind when describing this book. At times the book feels more like a series of vignettes than a story woven together with a plot. The main character, Daniel was, for me, endearing at times but more often than not, I felt unable to relate to him as deeply as I wanted to.

The dialogue was snappy and well written but overall I felt this story was a little too disjointed to feel fully invested in it.

Thankyou to Netgalley for providing the ARC copy
Brian Williams
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty-something Daniel Garneau narrates his life story in this memoir . He is a young gay man, who was raised by his grandparents (along with two fraternal twin brothers) in Sudbury in northern Ontario. He moves to Toronto to attend university with his best friend, Karen. His ultimate goal is to become a medical doctor. It's mostly a gay coming-of-age story. The story is a busy one, told in a chatty way through a series of vignettes involving Daniel's brothers and other family members, as well ...more
Bradley Scott
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Super relatable coming of age tale. A fast and entertaining read. Highly recommend. Look forward to future works from this author.
Ian Marck
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing light prose narrative that deals with diy and mundane topics from a unique and particular perspective. Gay Is not the cosmos of this book as many other stories, but the intricate relations between all the characters.
Moro Gamil
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely story. I feel in love with Daniel and all the characters and felt when I was reading I was among friends. I laughed out at times, frowned and felt nostalgic at other times. The writer has done a great job, and when I finished the book, I wanted more of it to stay with these characters for a bit longer.
Georgia (thefictionfolio)
[2.5 stars]

*I was sent this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A pretty difficult book to rate and review... It definitely feels like a memoir, but it's told in a series of anecdotes over several years, which often meant the narrative was meandering and disconnected. It wasn't until about halfway through that I understood where the book was going and what it's goal was.
There wasn't really a plot running throughout - which is fine because I enjoy a character driven story - except
Ben Truong
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Boy at the Edge of the World is a standalone contemporary romance written by David Kingston Yeh. This novel chronicles the adventures and misadventures of the love life of Daniel Garneau, an average gay hockey player who is just beginning university away from home.

This book serves as an entry (A book by an LGBTQ+ author) in the Toronto Public Library Reading Challenge 2019. This book was one of the first books that peak my interests as I read the blurb online.

Daniel Garneau is the eldest of a
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