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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475190468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475190465
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,184,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Justin Hernandez is the writer of the blog, Naked in New York City. Through his blog, he chronicles life and dating in the Big Apple, with the occasional commentary on gay culture. He considers his writing style to be emotionally naked. His debut book, Inside the Vortex, serves as a prequel to his blog, and is a detailed account of how he arrived at this level of honesty.

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Born and raised in New York, Justin Hernandez makes his debut in the literary world with his memoir, Inside the Vortex. Prior to his writing career, Justin was a dancer and lived in Los Angeles for seven years before moving back to NYC. Upon his return, he began writing a blog entitled Naked in New York City. The blog acquired that name since he considers his writing style to be emotionally naked. Inside the Vortex serves as a prequel to his blog and is a detailed account of how he arrived at this level of honesty.

In addition to his personal site, Justin also blogs for Huffington Post.

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I hope to read more from him in the near future.
T. LaBoy
Fun and informative -- the perfect summer read that is both entertaining, encouraging and uplifting!
J. C. Alvarez
He is very candid about his life and his struggles to truly identify with his true self.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sudi H. Karatas on September 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Justin seems to be an open book, literally. I never got the feeling he was holding anything back as he talked about his life and dating experiences, with brutal honesty. I was engaged in the book the whole way through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on July 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was never privy to Justin's blog, so I read the book with an open mind. It is a fanciful tale of money, lies and deceit. A good gay magic mike, meets desperate housewife telenouvella, if you can imagine that. It shows Hernandez's struggle from humble beginnings to the glitzy underworld of exotic dancing. Its simple voice, yet insightful truths reveal to readers the transformation of desperation to determination. And just when you think you're at your lowest point in life, you just gotta push to get back up and move forward. The prose is enticing and I simply couldn't put it down. I encourage this read, and am excited for more!
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great read - read it on a flight to hawaii in one sitting. Good insight into the gay life of some people, and the struggle to make it.
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By Emanuela PlasticDuck on September 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If I had read a fictional story like this, I would have probably complained that the author was exaggerating the traits of the personality or the events happening to the protagonist. As it sometimes happens, though, sometimes a real life is bigger than a fictional one. I must admit that reading a memoir, especially one told with such candor, I feel like a voyeur and an intruder. The author's voice is clear and lucid. There's no embellishment or looking for excuses. The author tells of the bad things of his life, but he also shows the way he always followed his passions and inclinations, his smart choices and also his unfortunate ones. If it were romantic fiction, at the end of the book our hero would find a love to return all the love he has to give in spades. Unfortunately it doesn't happen, but willing or not, the author shares a lot with his readers: that despite everything, we have the ultimate responsibility of our actions and decisions and that we must learn to respect and love ourselves so that our generosity is not wasted and that this process never ends.
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The gay community has found a bold exciting new voice in Justin Hernandez with the release of his stellar first book, Inside the Vortex. I've read Justin's blog, [...], for a year but had no idea how arresting, brutally honest and ultimately inspiring he'd be as first-time novelist. Justin holds nothing back as he remembers his abusive childhood in the gritty Bronx, learning the ropes as a handsome young Puerto Rican man in the Manhattan of the early 90's, the toxic mix of alcohol, drug use and hyper-sexuality, stripping in some of LA's most notorious gay nightclubs, a handful of dysfunctional relationships, and the shame that led him to some very dark places. Gay men everywhere will relate to this book while loving Justin's incredible knack for details--stories from behind the scenes at the world famous Abbey in West Hollywood--where he worked, what really goes on when go go dancers get ready to perform and why LA ultimately didn't become home for Justin. You will not be able to put this book down!
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