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I'm not going to summarize the plot here or ruin it for you by divulging anything (just read the summary if you want that), except to say that if you love to lose yourself in complex and imperfect characters that make you love them one minute and then make you just want to grab them and shake them the next minute, and just enjoy a good, fluid story that moves effortlessly, read this. You'll be happy you did, except maybe when you get to the end. Again, I am not done with the book. I think that, subconsciously, I may be drawing it out purposely, just because I sometimes hate to see a good story end. So far, so good, and I don't think a five-star review is premature; it's five-star already, and I don't think I will be disappointed.
Keep `em coming, Jennifer.
*** UPDATE ***
All done. As I suspected, my rating isn't changing. At times this story broke my heart, pissed me off, made me smile, but always had me hanging for more at the end of each chapter. I knew I would hate to see it end. But at least I have a re-read of Garden ahead of me. I'm jonesing for the next installment.
The novel is beautifully written and flows so well that I never felt like there was a good place to stop and put it down. The events of her first novel take place subsequent to this one so you really can (and maybe should?? I can't decide) read this one first. I can't wait to revisit these lives again!
The only reason I am giving this book 4 rather than 5 stars is that I found the "voice" of the protagonist in The Crossing remarkably similar to the "voice" of the protagonist in the first book in this series, I Too Have Suffered in the Garden. Perhaps it is the universal voice of the confessional journaling lament. But, as in the other book, her ability to pitch a first person narrative into an almost excrutiatingly lurid compulsion to know more about the agonies and disorientation of being vulnerable and unregulated in the grip of longing.... Well, just exquisite.
I enjoyed finding out about Joel's experience of the strivings and squirmings of the protagonist of the first book, Adam. I re-read the first book before reading this one in order to have the emotional resonance available to me as I began Joel's narrative. I'm glad I did this as it added to the poignance.
Ms. Hritz is another author I will be watching.
Hritz is a remarkable, fresh voice who is destined for greatness. Her writing is exquisite, fluid, infused with such raw emotion and unflinching authenticity that you can't help but become invested in the lives of her characters.
This is not your typical romance. It is so so much more than that. Hritz pulls no punches about the gritty reality that many young gay men face. If you've made it this far, then you owe it to yourself to read this book. Read this book!
The book follows Joel, a troubled gay man with an even more troubled past, as his life hits highs and lows that boggle the mind. He carry's secrets from his tortured childhood into his adult life, destroying everything good that comes to him. Starting with his first true relationship with his straight best friend, Joel hurtles toward self-destruction at every turn. He, at first, finds his solace in this painting, but as his self-destruction escalates, he can't even count on that to save him.
Not wanting to ruin this book with spoilers, I just want to say I highly recommend this book. It isn't an easy book to read at times, but watching Joel reach self-awareness is worth every minute you spend reading this absolutely amazing book.
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