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A Boy at the Edge of the World

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A confabulated fictional memoir.

Meet Daniel Garneau, your average gay hockey player from small-town Ontario. After moving to Toronto to attend university, Daniel embarks on a series of misadventures both comic and tragic, as he navigates the pitfalls of dating and relationships while juggling the needs of his eccentric family and newfound friends.

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Paperback, 349 pages
Published March 28th 2018 by Guernica Editions
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Ricardo
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
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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 Tor
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Daniel Bois
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, queer, gay, toronto
I read this book in four days and I think I’m 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 novel’s complex, curious and dynamic characters. The novel doesn’t take itself too seriously; it’s written in the first person and you’re in the shoes of this young gay guy who is discovering and testing ...more
Javier
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 t ...more
Cami
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 didn’t quite expect him to end up with the boyfriend he currently has, which I will not get into more because I don’t 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!
Steve
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 guy’s 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 don’t 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 Mille
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Elliott
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Hridi
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 don’t 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 o
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Colleen
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 doesn’t 100% nail the premise of the book so it was nothing like I had expected. It’s about screwed up people doing screwed up things while trying to make sense of it all. It’s about relationships and boundaries. As for the main plot? There isn’t one. There are themes and things happen but there isn’t a story arch throughout. Which doesn’t always work. But did it ever work here.

The
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Jay
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 d ...more
R.J. Gilmour
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Yeh’s 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 t ...more
Don
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 Garneau’s next chapter.
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. ...more
Procrastinating Slytherin
Another story generously granted by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, in spite it’s 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, I’d 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 Da
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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. It’s not bad? But I wouldn’t exactly say it’s 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
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Jeff
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 an
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Alaa Readsss
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 did
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Trala
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 relate ...more
Laxmama
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, m-m
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.
Karen
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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charlotte, (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
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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
Kevin
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 wouldn’t 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 a ...more
Coty
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
For a while I didn’t 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.
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.
Sarah C
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will admit. I read the sequel to this book before I read this one, not realizing that Tales from the Bottom of my Sole was a sequel. However, I fell in love with Yeh's writing and his characters and felt an insatiable need to read this book.

I do not regret it in the slightest.

This book spans the course of five years in the life of Daniel Gernau and his journies in love and life, with his friends and his family. The characters are dynamic and come off of the page. They are woven together in a
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Margo
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was filled with lots of joy and adventure. It was a delight to read. Big win for queer lit.
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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Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
An insightful look into the maturing of a gay man. Daniel has grown up in a small industrial town in Ontario doing some very typically Canadian activities like playing hockey. What was different though was the activities he and his hockey coach got up to off the ice. Leaving home to attend school in Toronto brought with it a whole new set of possibilities. Daniel like many got drawn into the easy sexual life style until he meets performance artist, Marcus. The two become a bit of an item until o ...more
Dmd
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could find more well-written gay novels like this one. No vampires or werewolves here, no crimes to solve. No medically detailed gay sex scenes written by people who aren't actually gay. This is the real thing, a literary gay novel written by a gay man. Almost as rare as unicorns.

At times moving, at times laugh out loud funny, A Boy at the Edge of the World follows a gay man from rural northern Ontario who moves to the big city of Toronto to attend university. The novel focuses on those
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David Kingston Yeh holds his MA in cultural sociology from Queen’s University, is an alumnus of George Brown Theatre School, and attended Advanced Post Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. He works as a counsellor and educator in downtown Toronto, Canada. David resides up the street from a circus academy, along with his husband Daniel and a ...more

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