- File Size: 446 KB
- Print Length: 267 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 19, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CVFS5HT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kris Ripper has once again created a story where the growth and development of the characters is as halting and wrenching as it is in real life. This book is part of the Scientific Method Universe, but it’s a trifle tangential. Justin, the MC, appears in Ally and Paul’s book, Practice Makes Perfect. You should at least read that first, but really all of the series is amazing.
In this book, Justin is deeply in love with his best friends, but he feels very strongly that he needs to protect them from his toxic and horrible self. He weaves in his deep fascination with the artist and author Enrico Hazeltine, a (fictional) man who lived and died in the SF Gay community in the 80s, dying of AIDS like many of his intimates and contemporaries. In the most meaningful comparison, Hazeltine tries to create a single piece of art that he can’t make work...failing and trying and failing again. As a metaphor for Justin’s sense of self, the dying Hazeltine’s commitment to getting it right echoes Justin’s self-hatred, his inability to keep from loving his his best friends, and but also his sense of overwhelming doom along the way.
Ripper’s MC Justin wrestles with disordered eating, toxic self image, shifting sexuality, hope, shame, and other emotions not easily discussed or resolved.
I do hope we meet Justin, Jamie, and Alex again, particularly since I think they might be neighbors of our beloved core universe characters.
I received an ARC and agreed to review this book upon its release.
Awesome, unique story! So delighted I got to read it early!
I have never read a more charmingly frustrating, perversely interesting character as Justin. Readers of Ripper's Scientific Universe series met Justin in Practice Makes Perfect, but it isn't necessary to read that first. (Although it is delightful, for totally different reasons.) As is Ripper's usual, every character is great, and since I've read all the associated stories, it was a treat to see them through Justin's warped lens.