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- ASIN : B00GUSAX7G
- Publisher : Outskirts Press, Inc. (October 7, 2013)
- Publication date : October 7, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1023 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 444 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,618,592 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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From the get-go you are pulled into Nicholas and Lynn's story. As you read and see their story unfold from teenage love to breakups, failed marriages, abuse, drugs, and second chances, you know you're reading something special. The second chance between Lynn and Nicholas, is one of my favorite parts. They get to be themselves with each other. The truth and brutal honestly of this love story is stellar. It's what you take away from it that resonates long after you finish it. When it comes to love in it's truest from, it doesn't matter what your past and imperfections are. When you truly love someone, you can look past that and love them no matter what.
Nicholas Tanek is a superb writer. He makes you feel like he's talking to you directly as he tells his and Lynn's story. You can see them dancing at raves and hear all the music. As the reader you'll laugh and cry, as well as feel every emotion from love, heartbreak, anger, sadness and hope. Even though you know what's going to happen in the end, it still doesn't prepare you. The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself is a brilliant, beautiful, and captivating story that you will not want to miss.
Very different from the romance books I've read, The Coolest Way To Kill Yourself is a very gritty yet touching love story. Nicholas Tanek gives the reader a bird's eye view into a world of drug and sex addiction and how those addictions influence, mold and change not only Nicholas and Lynn's lives but also their relationship. It's not your usual perfect love story as their relationship is not like many other novels you might have read before. The hero and heroine in this story are also not perfect, but very human indeed. They make many wrong choices, decisions and mistakes, but each time, they pick themselves up, move forward, and together form their own perfect relationship.
It didn't take too long into the book to discover that it's not at all about ending one's life. In fact, it's a story about creating one's own true life by living through the many trials and tribulations, successes and failures, happiness and hardships that life hands us. It's about accepting your own true self, desires and lifestyle despite what others may think. But mostly, it's about accepting and loving others for who and what they truly are. And finding someone who feels the same way about you.
Nicholas and Lynn’s ‘second chance at love story’ is extremely unconventional, raw, and real. They are imperfect humans, self-professed screw-ups who wondrously, over a period of time, achieve the kind of intimacy that encourages the reader to talk openly and honestly with a spouse or significant other, to find out about those feelings/thoughts that may go unexpressed. Mostly, it dares the reader to embrace love and to strive for acceptance and happiness - even if one feels undeserving due to a past immersed in hard living, abusive situations, or shame-filled choices.
If you have an open mind and a compassionate heart, a love of underground music from the 80s/90s/00s, and enjoy a story that delivers hope for those society might otherwise term as beyond redemption, I’d recommend this very poignant, sometimes humorous/sometimes gritty - as well as a bit kinky - love letter/memoir. Truly a unique and memorable experience.
Top reviews from other countries
I initially starting reading this book because we were due to interview Nicholas Tanek for our podcast, ProudToBeKinky. As someone who is constantly disappointed in any novels that embrace kink, I was worried. But they were worries that were totally unfounded. I absolutely fell in love with the story Nicholas told.
This book deals with addiction, recovery, friendship, love, passion, kink and loss. All of those themes are dealt with in such an honest and raw way that for me it was impossible not to get caught up in the words. They stuck with me, even in the moments I was not reading and in the following weeks, the words and the message stayed with me.
I could tell you how well crafted this books is, or how the characters are believable and well rounded, (as they should be as they are people Nicholas actually knew), I could start saying lots of fancy things about rich vocabulary and literary content, but honestly? None of that stuff registered for me, because this book has something so much better … heart!
It has so much heart, and emotion, and depth. It’s raw and I won’t lie, it’s uncomfortable in places, and I loved that. I love that this book took hold of me and went; ‘Look! Look at life through someone else's eyes and feel it.’ And you know what? I did feel it, I felt it so much that I read most of the last few chapters through floods of tears. And I was a better person for it I believe.
I told my partner I missed him, I told him I was grateful to have him in my life. I hugged kissed and laughed with my son. I reached out to my friends to check in on them if we hadn’t spoken in a while. I pulled the people I loved close to me, because this book is a hefty reminder that life is often short and cruel. While simultaneously being a bloody big adventure, that we should absolutely seize and enjoy every moment of.
I think everyone needs to read this book. Nicholas has written something that is truly a gift to all that read it. I am thankful to have read it. The easiest 5 stars I’ve ever given.
This is the greatest and coolest true story I have ever read, I hope everyone reads it.