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Two Henrys

(This Can't Be Happening Collection #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,079 ratings  ·  109 reviews

Coming out can be awkward enough—let alone coming out in the 1970s, in Ohio, as a Catholic schoolboy. In this fearless and funny true story, the host and founder of the hit podcast RISK! shares all.

From first grade through junior high, twelve-year-old Kevin and his best friend, Ben, were inseparable. But when Kevin divulged his biggest secret, Ben froze him out. The

Kindle Edition, 35 pages
Published December 27th 2018 by Amazon Original Stories
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Two Henrys is one of four stories in the Audible/Amazon Originals This Can't Be Happening Collection. Each story is about someone's worst case scenario and how they used it to their advantage rather than letting bad events own them.

I loved this story! Kevin Allison tells the tale of meeting....and losing....his best friend in school. They were inseparable friends until Kevin divulged he was gay. That revelation of his greatest secret caused a rift between the two former best buddies,
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
“Two Henrys” is a compelling short story—one of four that comprise the collection of Amazon Original Stories entitled This Can’t Be Happening. Author Kevin Allison peels back layers of thick skin he developed as a child and relates his own experience at discovering he was gay and then coming out to his best friend, Ben. The story itself is riddled with facts that I found difficult to swallow, such as a three year old with a vague understanding of the fact that his emerging sexual identity is ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I disliked this immensely, but not for reasons that don't make this an excellent read. My dislike has more to do with the discomfort I feel when reading about recollections of, for all intents and purposes, a rather normal childhood that has a single dark edge.

When that is not your personal experience, the pain the writer experiences seems almost trivial or trite. The depth of the recollection of personal experiences is one that leaves me cold, because I have worked so hard to have almost no
Two Henrys

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The Story:

A story of best friends, unrequited love and coming out… kinda. As much as I wanted to be as connected to this story as I was to the others in this short series but I just wasn’t. I’m not sure if it was Kevin’s narrating or the story itself but I just wasn’t into it. I honestly couldn’t even tell you how it ended.I checked out after he invited Ben to work on a song after not speaking to him for
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sounds like it should be touching. But I fell asleep listening to it. And not because I was tired. When I woke up I had no desire to find out what I missed

It’s short, though. So for someone interested in trying it, it’s not a huge time investment. Don’t be afraid about giving it a whirl if you think it might be for you.
aPriL does feral sometimes
‘Two Henrys’ is a low-key short story about a high-profile, gregarious personality - the author and actor, Kevin Allison - coming out to his best friend Ben in the seventh grade. Ben and Kevin had met when they both were six years old at school. They shared the same sense of humor. They both like acting in plays and skits. They both liked musicals. They both were Catholics.

Like many gays, Allison knew he was gay at a very young age, even before he knew the words to describe his sexuality, or
Kevin Harrington
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is great!

I a huge fan of the Risk podcast. Kevin Allison is a fantastic host and a wonderful storyteller. Being this glimpse into his formative years was truly a delight,and i look forward to reading the rest of the "This Can't Be Happening" collection.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very strange story. I got the idea early on that Henry #1 was trying to make the statement that he was born gay and realized that early on. Although many believe that homosexuality, like other genetic traits, are there at birth, I don't think many people believe that children at age 5, 6, 7 have an awareness of their sexual orientation/identity. This push by the author dimmed the book and made me believe that rather than telling us about his disappointment when his friend used the information ...more
Denise Hlavka
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Amazon book, really long short-story or novelette.
This was soooo good and so well written. I was totally engaged with the 4 year old Henry, all the way to the very end, with the grown up Henry. This book/story is about two boys who meet in first grade, and become fast friends. They were the strange ones, odd ones, enchanting ones! They loved to listen to records together, and share stories together. The love they share is different from each ones perspective, yet equally strong. No
Altivo Overo
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Truth well told

Growing up gay is a complicated thing. For most of us who experience it, it tends to be solitary and filled with angst. Allison's story conveys that but with a light-hearted persistence that fits the satisfying conclusion. My best friend in high school was like that, and even ran for class president successfully by using similar tactics. We had our fallings out too, though never over this issue. We did not admit to each other that we were gay until years after graduation, but like
Lynda Lafond
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick reading

Good synopsis of a kid's journey through self-discovery, how it affects his friendships, self esteem, interactions, through school, church and family.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not bad. Quick listen to the audio book.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2019, 2019
I've never listened to this author on his podcast but after reading this short story, I plan to start. In 35 pages he managed to put a lot of feelings into his words. Kids can be cruel but he was able to go beyond that and come out a stronger person. I enjoyed this touching story.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick read as the author discovers who he really is...

I have to say that's extremely young to be so self-aware and so prominent of memories of that nature at that age...not saying that orientation would happen that young for absolutely I believe that it does, but the recollection of it, the awareness of what it is, and the need to act on it at such an age and for the time, I must truly have been a naive 6-year-old....and 7, 8, 9, and 10 as well...innocence is a very important part
Noel Kennedy
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Talks about the struggles of coming out as a young person in the 80s/90s. I like the perspective! Nice story
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Published by Brilliance Audio in 2018.
Read by the author, Kevin Allison.
Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes.

Kevin and Ben are best friends and have been since first grade. They are both a little different than the other guys. Both are more interested in singing and acting than in sports. Both have active imaginations, a wide-ranging knowledge of movie and Broadway soundtracks and both have quirky senses of humor.

As they go through school together, they have
Karl Tybury
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice, quick, easy read if you have a spare second - or hour! depending how quickly you read. IT's only 35 pages long so not an epic story but what this book did in 35 pages was amazing. I smiled as I got to know these characters and my heart broke as this kid tried to come to terms with how he was feeling. What broke my heart even more was knowing it was a true story - and still is to this day something that children (and even adults) are fighting through daily. The only slight issue I had was ...more
Bonnie Dale Keck
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
kindle unlimited {currently also has free audio as well}, so far 4 books out in This Can't Be Happening collection. Listened instead of reading so no idea whether typos etcetera, but felt as if the story dragged, the subject matter was all right just felt dragged.

Coming out can be awkward enough—let alone coming out in the 1970s, in Ohio, as a Catholic schoolboy. In this fearless and funny true story, the host and founder of the hit podcast RISK! shares all. From first grade through junior high,
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Lora Graham
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short, true-story
I was worried about whether or not I'd like this, not because of the subject matter, just the way it started out. "The thing is, I was a funny kid. Funny as in ha ha, and funny as in just plain weird." This is no exaggeration, Kevin Allison was a very weird kid. But then again, so was Ben. Pianos and pineapples and Henrys, oh my. But as their weird friendship grew, I liked it and both of them. The basis of this story is how Kevin realized who he truly was over the years, how he dealt with it, ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-usa, 2019-ps
The ups and downs of friendship

A walk down memory lane, the author would call reminiscing with his best friend about their years of friendship. And that's what this is. Kevin Allison looks back on how he met his best friend in the 1st grade, and the progression (and regression) of their friendship over the years. Allison explores his own feelings of self-consciousness and the cruelty of the schoolyard for someone who is different, but always in the context of this crucial relationship in his
Pamela Scott
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this short little memoir. I’m gay and can relate to Kevin’s experiences of being confused about his sexuality. I came out in the 90’s which was a very different era and alternative sexuality’s were a lot more accepted. Kevin’s friendship with Ben is very sweet. I really felt for Kevin, trying to keep his true feelings for Ben a secret. It was heart-breaking when he tells Ben he’s gay and his best friend freezes him out. Two Henrys is fun,
Noah Crocker
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
This book was ok.

I read this book right after "Identity Thief" (of the same series), which is probably why my rating is as low as it is.

This book was cringe worthy. Not in a bad way, no, not at all. Cringe worthy in the "oh my god, did he really just do that, oh my freaking goodness, I am glad I am not in that situation" way. I need more books that do that to me.

I feel like this book could have been shorter. Even though it's only 30 something pages, it felt much longer. that was a big killer
Belinda  Turner
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartening and poignant

I liked the descriptions of boys interacting with one another. Boys think and act differently than girls, and it’s interesting to catch glimpses of that.

I liked the humor and pathos that the author had when he described how he discovered that his sexual orientation was different, and that his mom expressed disapproval of his actions. And it is sad how cruel kids can be to one another, especially when someone is different .

And of course I loved the ending. I found it to be
La Toya
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Walk Down Memory Lane

Omg! I loved this story so much and it was mostly because i opted to listen to the free audio vs actually reading it. I almost never like listening to people read but I promise you HEARING it is so special. Besides, if you’re not musically inclined - you may never know what “A walk down memory lane” should sound like. Highly recommend for a swift read/listen if you’re expanding you genre selections to comedy and coming of age.
Kristin Herrmann
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mr. Allison's poignant story of his life as a gay young man coming to know himself is riveting. Hearing, I listened to it on Audible, retelling of his life growing up, learning what he was attracted to and the public's harassment or crude comments to the Lesbian community is surreal. As he tells the story he adds in a bit of comedy and sarcasm that relies his personality and his strength as he explored his sexual identity in secret. I enjoyed listening to his biography short story!
The Literary Apothecary
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Touching story

This is an extremely touching story about a young man's experience coming out, not only to his best friend, but also to himself.
Filled with quirky humor and palpable emotion, this short story is a must read for those dealing with our homophobic society and learning to embrace their sexual identity.
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