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Orphan Leo Cotton has finally built a family, but the advent of bipolar depression wakes him from this dreamlife to reveal dark truths about the man he'd married.

One year later, Leo is lost. Embarrassed by a dead-end job that barely pays the bills, he can't help but notice that those around him are all enjoying success. When his closest friend, Sara, asks him to be her bes
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Published June 16th 2020 by Cloudy Day Publishing (first published April 20th 2020)
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Larry H
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michael Sarais' debut novel, All of My Friends Are Rich , is emotionally searing, thought-provoking, even a little bit sexy. Man, this was good.

Leo is on the verge of turning 30, and he’s not in a good place. His marriage has ended, he has a job he hates and he wishes he could write again, he’s bipolar but doesn’t always remember his meds, and he resents his husband for abandoning him when he was at his lowest.

When Leo’s best friend Sara announces her engagement and asks him to be her best ma
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Michael Sarais
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-novels
My first novel!
I am incredibly excited to share Leo's story with the world.
This book is particularly dear to me as I have written it in the middle of a very dark time of my life. Even though much of All Of My Friends Are Rich revolves around sex and can get very raw and explicit at times, it still has a heart and a few themes that I hope manage to reach you.
It's Leo season!
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True Loveislovereview
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2020
5 bright shining stars
Leo Cotton is broke, divorced, deeply hurt, and now separated from his big love, Squall his Siberian husky.
Life isn’t easy, he loves and hates his little pills, officially diagnosed as bipolar, he needs them.

Sara is getting married, in Greece for god sake, how will he ever get his hands on money, because he’s the only one in the circle of friends with absolutely no money.

When he finds out Grindr offers more it seems to be the solution to his financial problems.
Not his firs
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Marieke du Pré
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
This story starts as a funny and sarcastic British rom-com; imagine reading Bridget Jones or Boyfriend Material. 29 yo Leo is divorced, hates his ex’s new boyfriend, rents a room, doesn’t like his job, drinks a lot, and is kind of bankrupt. Then his best friend Sara tells him she’s getting married in ... Greece. And Leo needs money, fast!

It seems like the perfect blurb for a British rom-com, but it isn’t. Yeah, it’s funny and sarcastic, but also raw, harsh, and graphic at times. Leo struggles ...more
The Nerd Daily
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Amy Lehan

Michael Sarais has managed to craft a book that takes you on a journey where you quite literally gag (more than once), laugh, and try not to cry as Leo stumbles through his existence. His decision to make money from being an escort seeping into every corner of his life, despite his self-assurances that wouldn’t happen. Leo is so beautifully flawed, unaware of his self-worth and often downright hilarious, I often found myself wanting to
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Mimi
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqiap-reads
4.5
I don't even know how to describe this book. Just go in blindly, honestly. Best thing you can do and just enjoy the ride
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Steph ✨
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Verónica Fleitas Solich
It is too much to try to put it in a few words.
Accompanying Leo was a profound and far from easy experience, but it was worth it.
It is a direct reading, without unnecessary rambling, real and close to realities with which one can empathize despite its harshness.
You have to read to understand.
Anniek
This book is very much out of my comfort zone, but I did think it was a good read. It reminds me a little of Boyfriend Material, the currently popular m/m romance, but messier and more focused on sex instead of romance.

This could have been a very heavy read with the existing themes, and while it did have some emotional punches, it was also a pretty funny read at times, and it ended up being more of a feelgood read than I was expecting.

What I appreciated most about it is how this book was not ton
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Briana Morgan
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After seeing the cover and hearing about the book, I couldn't wait to dive in. This book did not disappoint! I love the witty tone, Leo's personality, and the deep truths explored throughout the book. The author does an excellent job of capturing the existential angst and ache for something more we all feel at some point in our lives. I highly recommend this book. ...more
Chris Neuhaus
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
All my Friends are Rich is a debut novel by Michael Sarais that is wildly sexy, thought-provoking, and heartfelt. This book will give you the opportunity to escape and explore Europe (which I GREATLY miss!) and follow in Leo’s footsteps as a manages to find a way to live a healthier and more joyful life in the wake of a year of unexpected twists and turns.

Leo Cotton is a twenty-nine-year-old gay man trying to live out the lavish and luxurious London lifestyle that his friends so easily live. Bu
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Chaitanya Srivastava
2.5 starts, rounded up to 3.

TW: Alcoholism, Drug usage and abuse, mental health issues and concerns including bipolar depression, suicidal thoughts, AIDS/HIV concerns, Mention of Heart-attack, Graphic Sexual content among others

After I finished this book, my feelings were all over the place. I am still not sure how exactly I feel about this. I thought if I gave myself a day or two before I sat down to write this review, it would make sense, but it turns out that it's not the case with this book
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Anna
Jun 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-rep
3.5

Alright, I've been procrastinating hard on writing my review for this one because I have such complicated feelings about it. This book follows Leo as he struggles to figure out his place in life when all of his friends have loads of money and are getting married or together and all of them seem to have their lives figured out while Leo drowns. Leo's husband broke up with him after he was diagnosed as bipolar and while he finally had answers for his depressive episodes and hypomania, he no lon
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Simone
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oooof, what a read.

Honestly, I finished this book yesterday afternoon and I am still not quite sure what to think or where to even begin to think about it. I have talked with some of my friends about it so I'll try to put my thoughts into some coherent sentences (please bear with me). The rest of this review will be underneath the spoiler tag though, as well as trigger warnings.

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Momma Bear
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What if you are down on your luck and your best friends can’t seem to notice? And you feel like you’re alone in facing this hurdle? What do you do?

In this HBO’s Looking meets Secret Diary of a Call Girl with a hint of Two Broke Girls, you will go on a journey - a naughty but financially rewarding one - with Leo Cotton.

The heat level has definitely risen in LDN and continental Europe! Well, not all the time. That thing with the Gatwick- Bulgaria fella... Yikes!

All of My Friends are Rich is a fun
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Ilona Ahrens
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! I still have to wrap my around the fact, that this book is a debut. I already finished it a couple of days ago but needed time, to at least give it a try, to cover the - to me - most important and striking parts in my review; which I know I will be failing. So all I can ask you to do now is: READ THIS BOOK!!!
Michael Sarais has a powerful way with words and he uses it excellently. He approaches major subjects in our (western?) society in a fresh and unique way. His words sometimes are not
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P.E. Sutton
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All My Friends Are Rich by Michael Sarais @michaelsarais ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A beautifully written story that held my attention from the first page to the very last. The author has the ability to draw you in with a sharp sense of style and wit.
Leo is a young gay man in London who is struggling with mental illness, feelings of inadequacy that stem from a horrible breakup, and not having enough money to keep up with his rich friends. The stress leads him to do questionable things that send him into a down
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Brad Emes
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I had the pleasure of being offered an early copy of this little novel here, the debut from @michaelsarais. All My Friends Are Rich follows Leo, a man continuously trying to keep his mental health in check while he faces a constant self proclaimed drive to keep up with his friends, who he sees as being much more successful than him. I have to admit, that point was something that I connected to almost instantly. I’ve spent years battling the inner demons of jealousy and resentment. I mean, if we’ ...more
Laura Ginatempo
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read an estate copy of this book provided by Michael.
I found 'All of My Firends Are Rich' very catchy and intriguing.
Well written, got me hooked straight away.
Strongly recommended!
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Bella
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
TW/CW: Drug use, explicit sex scenes, alcohol, divorce

Ever since I saw this book on the authors Instagram I knew I just had to read it. Boy! was I right. I absolutely devoured this book. If I didn't have to work, I'd probably would've finished it earlier.
*Leo Cotton hasn't had it easy lately. Entering into his 30's he feels like a failure. He's soon to be divorced, he's at a crappy job he hates, and he hasn't been in the mood to write. Not only that but, as a result of not taking his meds...his
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Charles Edwards-Freshwater
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fast, funny, shamelessly gay adventure that doesn't shy away from the more graphic side of real life.

First of all, the best thing about this novel is definitely the friendship between Leo and Sara - Sara especially is a really fun and enjoyable character, acting not only as a pillar of support for Leo but shining in her own right. She very much typifies a sort of London girl that you don't see in fiction very often, and I loved her feisty spirit and more vulnerable side too.

Another huge positi
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Hamish Grable
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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On the surface the protagonist Leo seems somewhat superficial as he laments on the shortcomings of his livelihood, including the recent divorce from husband Jake and ongoing psychiatric intervention related to his mental health.

However as the novel quickly explores the traits of Leo’s trauma resulting in his somewhat floored characteristics, the reader soon learns that they are witnessing an experience of self actual
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Christopher
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Leo Cotton is a mirror reflection of any gay male who internalizes the mental anguish of not living up to gay façade of success. Most particularly in the gay community- there is this unattainable aspiration for an indispensable income, designer accessories, and an athletic physique. I lived in San Francisco and I am a gay male… Trust me, it’s a thing. His rich best friend is also getting married.
“Aw, Congratulations!” is not the first thing that comes to mind when Leo finds out how expensive t
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Lauren
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
All my friends are rich is the first novel from Michael Sarais. Following Leo, a near 30 year old man, living in London who still shared custody of his husky with his ex husband and is, quite frankly, broke and in a job he despises.

When his best friend Sara gets engaged with plans for a grand wedding in Santorini, Leo has to resort to some... different tactics to try and raise the cash.
All My Friends Are Rich explores themes such as mental health, alcohol and drugs use and, towards the end, HIV
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Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)
So this is a thought I have had most of my life. If I was hot enough… felt sexy in my body, I think I would have been a hooker. If you enjoy what you do, it doesn’t feel like work… RIGHT?

Leo has had an awful year. He is diagnosed as bipolar, his husband goes through a mid-life crisis and breaks up with him for a younger man, he’s working at job he hates, and now his best friend is getting married. The last bit shouldn’t be a negative, but she’s rich and he can’t afford to join her on her destina
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Contemporary_literary_threads
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
'All of my friends are rich by Michael Sarais' is a modern drama LGBTQ novel.
It's about Leo, a helpless protagonist, whose life in this book is like series of unwanted roller-coaster rides which no one enjoys in their lives. But, hey? This is life, unpredictable and unapologetic.
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This book is like having a conversation with a stranger in a bar and how he or she starts narrating their journey. Written in first person narrative the book explores almost all personal issues a bachelor feels. That s
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Kevin
Ok, just to get it out of the way, I absolutely loved this book. The voice was so real and the writing honestly made my heart race at times. It was honest and refreshing, and although I started out with just a kindle version of the book, I bought a physical copy for my shelf before even finishing it. The characters are great, vibrant, and I wish I really knew them! (Well, maybe not Marc). I also love that the author didn't shy away from sex but also didn't make it the whole focus of the book - w ...more
Nicholas Brown
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming and raucous novel about Leo, a late-20 something living in London, who struggles with bipolar disorder, complicated life choices, and a web of strong and sometimes infuriating personal relationships. Wish I’d had this to read before my time in London as a graduate student :) The book is fun, saucy, and poignant—highlights how dubious life choices are sometimes part of a process of building oneself back up stronger.

“My book would see the light of day. I imagined a child who may have str
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LGBT Representation in Books
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Trigger Warnings: Poverty, alcohol, drugs, sex, orphan, death of a parent, cancer, addiction, violence, sex for money, cursing, therapy, mental health, cheating, STDs, jealousy, suicidal thoughts, depression, mania

Representation: Gay, Mental Health (Bipolar)

All of My Friends Are Rich is a contemporary adult fiction novel about Leo who finds himself in a life he cannot recognize after his divorce. He works at a job he hates, he’s struggling with his Bipolar, and quite literally is poor compared t
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M.S.
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a well-written tale that both entertained with flippancy, sarcasm, and outrageous situations yet still hit all the deep notes of the struggle of embracing adulthood, coping with being the odd one out in your group of friends, and, moreover, the struggle that those with mental health issues face. Fitting beautifully in both contemporary and literary fiction, it hit home on so many levels about the expectations we get from others and put on ourselves versus learning what we really ne ...more
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