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The Otto Digmore Decision

(Otto Digmore #2)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  17 reviews
"If we get caught, they'll throw us in jail. On the other hand, we'll have been involved in one of the craziest Hollywood stories I've ever heard, and maybe someone will want to turn that into a movie!"

Otto Digmore is back, still trying to make it as an actor in Hollywood (despite his facial scars), but frustrated by all the schemers who'll stab you in the back to get
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published January 15th 2020 by BK Books
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Kaje Harper
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second of Otto's books finds him still a struggling actor, looking hard for parts. His burn scars mean he tends to get called for only certain roles, and he's not having a lot of luck. But his best friend Russel Middlebrook has written a Middle-Ages caper movie that is actually going into production, and in it Russel has written a character specifically with Otto in mind. For once, he's the top contender for a part, and one with emotional resonance for him.

But the director on the project
Molly Ringle
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got to read this in advance, and it was so much fun! I'm always fascinated with behind-the-scenes stories of acting and filmmaking, and this book delivers, though Hollywood's business practices definitely do not come off looking good.

Two friends, a screenwriter (Russel) and an actor (Otto), both of whom arrived in L.A. with starry-eyed hope the way everyone does, quickly learn how rough and mean the film industry is. Otto especially feels it, since as someone with highly noticeable scars on
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Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: More Mature
Drinking Buddy: Champagne
MPAA Rating: R (nudity, adult situations, strong language)
Talky Talk: Power Bottom
Bonus Factors: Movie Making, Disfigurement
Bromance Status: Digital Nomads

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Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I got an ARC of this book.

I have been reading Hartinger since I was in late middle school/early high school. I even met him once when he was presenting at the True Colors Conference. I doubt he will remember me, but meeting him was the highlight of my year that year. I literally came out as trans that day to all of my friends and started my social transition, but meeting Hartinger beat that. I still have the temporary tattoos he handed out. I am that
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading this took me on a fun, unexpected adventure with Otto, Russel and their many willing cohorts along the way. Best friends, an actor and a screenwriter find strength and growing self acceptance through their journey and through each other. The Otto Digmore Decision has a prominent LGBTQ slant, but it is just one of the many interesting aspects of the book. Probably more front and center to its main core, is an inside peek in to the film industry.

I didn't realize this book was connected to
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.75 Stars for The Otto Digmore Decision by Brent Hartinger.

I had not read any of Mr. Hartingers books before, and certainly had not heard of Otto Digmore, but Im so glad I know them both now.

This wonderful novel is filled with likable - even lovable - characters lead by unemployed actor Otto Digmore and his long-time friend, aspiring screen writer Russel Middlebrook.

Early in the novel another character, Mo Foster, a young woman whom Otto met when she was hitch-hiking in Texas, sets up the
Matt Carrillo
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had a lot of fun reading this book. As a fan of the series, I was so happy to see one of my favorite characters get his own spin-off. This is the second story featuring Otto and I really enjoyed it. This time around, Otto (the actor) and Russel (the screenwriter) are working together on a big Hollywood movie. We get to see the struggle that not only Otto faces as an actor because hes different but also Russel and the butchering of his script. This is definitely one not to miss! ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I still hate Russel Middlebrook.
Victoria Loves Books
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, netgalley
I had a lot of fun reading The Otto Digmore Decision, by Brent Hartinger and was surprised by how easy it flowed. I didn't realize this book was connected to a series of books until after I had finished it. It can be read as a standalone book, but I plan on reading the 1st book now for more insight into the main characters.

This book takes us in an adventure with best friends Otto and Russell. Russell writes a script to give both him and Otto the break theyve been waiting for... a Hollywood
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Reviewed for Rainbow Gold Reviews. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

I had started reading this book for review and the same day the ebook released, so did the audio. Being a fan of audiobooks and an even bigger fan of the narrator Michael Crouch, I picked up the audio so I could finish the book sooner. I must admit its more convenient for me to listen while I run errands and clean house. The narrator is one of my favorites, and with the story being a good one, it was
Lena Grey
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Conflict is what creates drama. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance. ~ Michael Shurtleff

Otto Digmore, of The Otto Digmore Decision by Brent Hartinger, has wanted to be an actor for most of his life. Unfortunately, due to an accident with fire when he was young, he is having trouble getting parts. He sees all the games that go on around him in the business and is frustrated. Unless he resigns to playing monsters or zombies for his entire career, he needs to find a
Kay Hawkins
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having read the Russel Middlebrow books (both the YA and adult series), I was anxious to dig into the spinoff Otto Digmore series. This is the second in the duology, and I enjoyed it even more than the first one. The characters in these books are like my friends at this point, and I hope Brent Hartinger continues to write about these characters for many years to come. It's especially interesting to read about characters that I met several years ago, when they were still in high school, and to ...more
Mathew Morrison
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Note, I got to read this in advance* To me, the best books are the ones that manage to subvert tropes and expectations while also doing excellent character work. This latest book in the Russ Middlebrook universe (is that a thing?) does that in spades.

Otto has always been my second favorite character, sometimes taking the top spot, and I'm so glad to see his story continued here. The pacing is great, the reader is left questioning the motives of all the major players, and best of all, this has
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a stand alone book, never realising it was part of a series. I really enjoyed it as the insight into the film industry was interesting. The characters were believable and the storyline kept my interest from beginning to end. I would recommend this book.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is YA fiction and as an adult reading it I want it to be engaging and believeable and "accurate." That is - even fiction should present a view of the world for young readers that is realistic and does not compound the negative excesses of young adults. A movie about young people in the movie industry could run afoul of my desires for YA in presenting an unrealistic view of what employment, celebrity, and participation in this industry could be. I don't know much about film - but what I read ...more
Rob Browatzke
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Brent Hartinger!

Otto Digmore is back and youll certainly recognize some of the rest of the characters, especially Russell Middlebrook, who writes a script to give both him and Otto the break theyve been waiting for. What follows is a tale that takes us from behind the scenes in Hollywood to the Maltese shoreline. The book contains some very timely musings on the state of the world and the moral lines we have to walk these days. What are we willing to do to get what we
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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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