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Jake is dead. Which doesn't stop him from paying his ex-partner a visit.

Ben is getting by, but certainly isn't what one would call happy.

Will Jake's ghost, and the other three spirits that visit, save Ben from the path he is on?
Kindle Edition, 55 pages
Published May 10th 2018
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Valerie
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and heartbreaking take on A Christmas Carol. Ben is living a half-life after his partner, Jake, died. But one night he's visited by Jake and is taken on a journey by three other ghosts. It's a wonderful read about loss, sadness, and eventually moving on with life. It has a lot of heart and although you understand why Ben is in mourning, you also have hope for Ben's future.
Karolina Cebula
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku oraz polsku

Ben, although surrounded by people who love him, has closed himself off some time ago and every day, little by little, he moves away from his friends and the life itself. Rejecting all the chances for a better, happier tomorrow, he sinks deeper and deeper into the moving sands of hopelessness and self-destruction. When on the night before the Pride Parade his ex-boyfriend, who died few years ago, appears in his office, Ben tries to
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Terri
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting book. Ben was the owner of a gay bar who had lost his joy and his pride. In a Christmas Carol kind of way, he was visited by ghosts who forced him to look back on his life, and look ahead, to remember the importance of the Pride Movement to him personally. My heart was absolutely broken by Jake's part of the tale, but I was happy with the way Ben slowly began to really want to live again. Well done!
Elle
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a little gem of a book. Based on Dicken' s Christmas Carol, Ben made a perfect Scrooge, afraid of what has gone before repeating itself. He'd wrapped himself in his loneliness and a 'don't care' attitude, couldn't see away out of it, and actually convinced himself that he was OK as he was. Wasn't he?

A well written short story, with a meaningful tale to tell, sad and incredibly poignant, but with a hopeful ending. It certainly made me think. Definitely worth a read.
Amy Dufera
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

A Pride Anthem is a sweet story that shows us all the progress made by the LGBT community, as well as all the struggles that remain today. It is a wonderful reflection of what Pride means and how important it is. I am glad to have found this Rob Browatzke story.
Kathryn Manzella
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A journey thru the feels of PRIDE

Ben is just getting by in life, not happy but not depressed.. just sort of MEH... meh, like his favorite response when asked about PRIDE. He doesn't see the point of celebrating with his coworkers any longer. What he used to think was a wonderful life, is now just a lonely life.

It starts with a visit from his ex, Jake... or should I say the ghost of Jake. Then comes the other 3 spirits of PRIDE visiting Ben to show him Pride Past, Pride present and Pride Future.
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Helena Stone
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun and pride filled play on Dickens' Christmas Carol

Full review to follow.
Becky
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was a bit of a gem! Based on A Christmas Carol, we see Ben’s life from past, present and future based on a world where he disengages from Pride and life in general. There is a subtle ‘moral of the story’ feel, but all in all the book takes a simple path, following the original tale, but is quite charming in this simplicity. I find the random interjections of a narrator perspective disrupted the flow somewhat, but not enough to detract from the tale.

Overall, an enjoyable 3.5 stars, rounded
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Kaila
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was fun and creative and interesting to read. reminded me of scrooge and his 3 ghosts.. and it was sweet and sexy thown into the mix.. this was just a feel good with a bit of sadness twisted into it..and it made me laugh. i really liked it
Lucy
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5
This is a modern retelling of a Christmas Carol, with Pride being the celebration in question rather than Christmas. The narrator does speak to the reader in first person as in Christmas Carol and it starts with the same type sentence. “Jake was dead.” The Jake in question was co-owner of a gay bar, Good Judy’s, with his ex-love, Ben. “They met while working there, had started dating while working there.” When the boss retired, they took the leap and bought it. They were so happy for so long
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