- File Size: 989 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CDZBHZ6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If the author did any research, he would see that time and time again, guys are asking for books featuring gay characters that aren't depressing and tragic. Watch the documentary called "The Celluloid Closet" about how gay people are portrayed in film (that came out 20 years ago!) that talks about how often gay characters come to a tragic ending. I feel like the author set back the LGBT movement about 30 years. I literally checked the copyright date two times to make sure this book was actually written in 2016. And he has the egotism to say in his note after the book that he's writing this book to help kids. How is it helping anyone to show that being gay will give you to a depressing, closeted life? If you want a book that shows two boys ACTUALLY living normal lives and having normal relationships, I could give you a long list! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Openly Straight, the Something Like series by Jay Bell, anything by R Cooper, the amazing graphic novel The Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, just to name a few.
The writing is overwrought, repetitive, melodramatic, preachy, and everything else that means the opposite of subtle. The emotional level is dialed up to 11 throughout the whole book, so you never know when a scene is supposed to be important. Oh, they broke up? Is it for real this time? Because they broke up about five times already and got back together. The inconsistencies were maddening - too numerous to begin to list. The repetitiveness was painful. If I had to read "galaxy eyes" one more time or be told again how Nicky was like a book, I thought I would throw my kindle across the room. Cole was always suddenly realizing something he had suddenly realized two pages ago. I can't tell you how many times he "suddenly realized" he loved Nicky or "it suddenly hit him" that Nicky was never going to change. The author is addicted to similes and metaphors. Loving Nicky was like flying to the moon while seeing life burst into color for the first time and having someone pull off your oxygen mask and deny you air and then suddenly fill your lungs with pure crack. Every page is like that.
And the moralizing - again, if the author had read ANY lit with LGBT characters he wouldn't have had the characters ranting about every issue that has been covered ad nauseum, as if you're the only one who has ever thought of these things. "Why don't straight people have to come out?" I mean, put one or two of those issues in your book, not every single one, as if no one has mentioned these things before. I just found it all so unbelievably arrogant.
Coley and Nicky's story shed light on our world, and how cruel it can be, how strong the heart can be, and how important hope is to the mind. Their tumultuous relationship was one I have never read about before which made it equal parts fascinating, heart pounding, and memorable.
I was a cheerleader on the sidelines, obsessively willing them to figure it out, to overcome the hurdles that had risen up and heightened their fears. I felt so many different things, at one point I was so elated to see the changes in the characters, especially Coley. His transformation was a thing of beauty, hope, and courage, and it sparked those emotions within me as well. It's so hard to look past fear, and to stand against hatred. To read about a character who gave it his all, well, that really does tug at my heart strings.
The truths in this book became an addiction and as I read on I just got thirstier and thirstier for more. I had to know what came of them, and their battle of will and love. Coley and Nicky live on in my head. In a world where sometimes we wonder why we weren't good enough for people to stick with us, this is a love I will never forget. If you read anything this year that will have an impact on the way you view everything, this is 100% it. The writing is absolute gorgeousness and the story is an everlasting one. I am head over heels for this book.
This story is about Cole and Nicky who is the love of his life. When Cole met Nicky he was pretty sure of who he was but couldn’t be entirely free growing up in the deep south with a church goer community. Add to that an a** of a father and a society / family that isn’t ready to accept the real Cole. He struggles to fit in with friends his age but most are of the same mindset and cruel. When he met Nicky it was like he could breathe gain. Nicky was hesitant at first but you can’t help who you love. Their relationship, however, was turbulent – break ups and make ups - the love they have for each other is beyond beautiful but overshadowed by secrecy and guilt.
Living on the west coast it is easy for me to think of Cole and Nicky’s relationship as no big deal – it is “normal” and acceptable everywhere. I never really thought about what it would be like for people like Cole having to grow up and try to fit in with community where everyone is still closed minded. So, I guess this book is an eye opener and it brings awareness to all of us that Cole and Nicky are just two humans with the same cells, molecules and same heart as you and I. They have the same emotions and they love just the same. This is a story that needs to be written and I think the author is so brave to tell us his story and bare his heart and soul to the world. It’s admirable and frankly brilliant.
Honesty is a must read – but be warned it’s heart-breaking although at the same time inspiriting – it unquestionably left a profound message to readers. Honesty is not just a summer romance between two young people – make no mistake the romance is definitely gorgeous. But it’s so much more - it’s about intolerance and unfairness, dealing with life and adversity, and acceptance.
My only hiccup is that the narrative was quite long and drawn out but I understand the author is telling his story and what is on his mind … I am just used to a little more dialogues and banters from the romance books I normally read. I highly recommend this book – I got a dose of reality and it is definitely a story I remember for a long time. First time, I read from author Seth King and I am looking forward to his next book.
Thank you to the author and the Bookworm box for providing this book in exchange for an honest review!
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