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Dressing Up by [Young, Todd]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mercurial Avenue (November 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ME7MPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,706 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By elpha on April 13, 2012
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I wanted to like this book. I read every word hoping that it would redeem itself before it ended, but sadly I was disappointed. For the most part, I simply felt that it was not consistent. The main character is almost unbelievably unintelligent, and only made it to college by his skill in football. The reader is constantly reminded of this fact, which makes it something of a surprise how little football actually occurs. The characters that surround the main character are forgettable and have little in the way of redeeming qualities, consistently abusive but never punished. Some of the abuse is simply the sort of pranks and shenanigans that many college students get up to, and one can then understand the casual dismissal of "boys being boys." It gets disturbing, however, when repeated acts of sexual assault by several characters go unacknowledged or are even excused, going so far as having a victim befriending his rapist because in retrospect he might have agreed to it had he been given the choice. In fact, I find the extent of the sexual violence and the asserted consequences of certain assaults (one in particular) to be offensive. That one event, more than anything else, was the reason I read through to the end, hoping that the character in question would realize that his understanding of the situation was wrong. When the end came and the novel simply stopped without any further mention, I was nothing short of disgusted.
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In the hands of a more skillful writer this could have been an interesting read. I know this because I've read pretty much the same story before, by a more skillful writer. Leaving aside the *extremely* troubling fact that the central character, Skipper, has no problem either with committing sexual assault or being sexually assaulted himself (and indeed thinks it would be fun to hang out with his rapist some time), the story is meandering, the characters are unfocused and the dialogue is stilted. There are a couple of decently written erotic scenes but their presence doesn't justify spending money on this book.
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At the beginning It was hard to guess where the book was going to go because it focused so much on the main characters crotch area and his oversized endowment. After getting so far in the book I realized that the sometimes focus on how he and his crotch looked and felt in whatever he was wearing is probably why the book is called "Dressing Up." The book meanders, but it does tell a story and involves a would be possible love interest, but unfortunately that person says he isn't gay.

We get to learn about lot about the main characters "gear" as it is called in the book. He has to situate it properly in his outfit for the costume party, then he spends a lot of time with it sliding down his leg as he goes commando in his pants. Many times his pants are too tight and uncomfortable, or whatever his has to wear shows him off too much, or he ends up naked. Many times he "pulls" it thinking about his roommate. His roommate who says he likes to be naked with just a t-shirt on, and hopes that's ok.

The main character is a bit quirky and has a special method to shower properly.

Apparently, other people who reviewed this book think there should be some type of punishment for the "sexual" assault the main character does to his roommate in the middle of the night, or for the guy who drugged and raped the main character. What happened to the roommate is resolved perfectly fine at the end of the book, but the main character doesn't seem too angry about what happened to him and exchanges telephone numbers with the guy who did it. I suppose if this book had been about a girl, then it would be all about calling the police and pressing rape charges and having a trial. However, in this book the rape isn't something the character or the reader even knows happened.
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As always, Todd's way of telling is pretty unique.

Sweet, captivating, hot, recognizable in every line, very enjoyable and ingeniously crazy.

The last is very typical for Tod's writing.

Well, I am his fan and there is no need to hide it. ♡
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In Dressing Up, Todd Young tells the story of Skipper, a college athlete who must come to terms with his sexuality in an environment where being gay is not accepted. Beyond that, Skipper suffers the pain of unrequited love, made worse by the fact that the boy, who insists he's not gay, constantly flaunts his goods in front of Skipper.

Skipper is a "dumb jock," attending college on a football scholarship. He works hard to keep afloat in his classes, but it takes tremendous effort. Not only does he lack book smarts, but he doesn't have much in the way of street smarts either. He's been made fun of all his life for being stupid, and it's a sore spot with him.

The guys in the dorm all talk about him behind his back. They suspect he's gay, and they get their kicks by playing cruel pranks on him. Skip denies being gay in order to fend off further harassment, but it's a secret that is harder and harder to keep as he becomes closer to the object of his affection.

It's not only the guys in his dorm that treat him badly. He is taken advantage of by all sorts of people in his life. Because he's so gullible, he doesn't even realize he puts himself in risky situations until it's too late. Once he realizes people are making fun of him or trying to hurt him, he gets angry with himself for being so stupid. It's agonizing.

Todd Young does a remarkable job of pulling the reader into Skip's head. I felt Skip's pain and anguish right along with him. I was worried and frustrated and confused and angry and sad and sorry with him too.

Somehow Todd Young manages to deliver these emotionally intense scenes with an edge of humor. Poor Skip keeps finding himself in positions where his clothes are either too tight or too small.
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