The Love Song Kindle Edition
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The love between Casey and Grant took years to be fully realized but the journey was so beautiful you want to join them as they take the final leap. Both have been hurt, sometimes repeatedly, by the people they should be able to trust the most, and still clung to the belief that they were worth being loved. Somehow, luckily, they found each other again and reached out to trust, one more time.
A beautifully written story. Sometimes it was as though you were in the periphery of the scene, watching it unfold, but unable to intervene.
A wonderful thing...I can now go and read a free story about the same characters. Thank you, Kay. That will be my reward for writing this review! (But I would have done it anyway!)
I give this book 5 stars not because it is perfect, but because it engaged my emotions in a rare and powerful way. Kay's characters are so flawed, so human, so real, they walk off the page and into your life and you cannot look away until their story is told. Casey and Adam took me by the throat and held my breath in their hands, fragile and ephemeral, delicate and yet as necessary as their relationship and lives, which indeed twined together into a beautiful love song. The poetry and literature that Kay weaved into the story add a layer of meaning and beauty that complements her characters' journey and that opened my mind and heart to new rhythms and veiwpoints, much as she did in The Aftermath, and I felt more in tune with my own humanity for it.
The first part of the story, featuring Casey and Adam as teens meeting in high school, truly was perfection. Rarely do I see two characters brought together with such intensity and finesse, I wish only that the final part--in which they are adults, and which is about the last third or quarter--was as developed. It wasn't quite long or complex enough to do justice to the incredibly nuanced give and take of the boys' first steps into finding their soulmate. I wish she had taken more time to bring them full circle, to reach the point where I believed they were ready for that next step, rather than rushing it at a point where Casey was not really there yet, had not come fully back to himself such that I could believe all would be well. I missed re-meeting Casey's parents, missed seeing him truly understand the difference between the relationship he was hung up on and the one that never would have ended at all, if only life played fair. I know they would have come together anyway, know they will make it, but...it wasn't done.
Still, this is a book that when I finished, I sat and thought about for hours. I'm still thinking about it. Kay's voice and style are more finely honed than a lot of what I read, and yet just as accessible and engaging as my favorite more commercial writers, in a way that stimulates my brain without making me feel stupid.
Also, her writing is HOT. No two ways about it. Overall, this story was an utterly charming, heart wrenching, gorgeous and uplifting love song.
Also, the author is very nice and responsive to her fans. Drop her a note!