Love on the Web Paperback – June 23, 2015
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- Paperback : 309 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1521283044
- ISBN-13 : 978-1521283042
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.78 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Independently published (June 23, 2015)
- Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
- Language: : English
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Larry Leavis is a six foot six computer geek, but cuter than he thinks he is. He has two brothers and two sisters and a middle-class family of no great complexity or sophistication. Julian Argento is handsome prep-school son of a self-made Mexican millionaire. Larry’s right out of college and working for a web-app firm full of odd characters. He meets Julian through one of his roommates, and is asked to help develop a website on a freelance basis.
Romance ensues, and quite adorably. But Neil doesn’t make things cleanly romantic. Larry gets involved with another man, because he’s young and horny and not really self-confident enough not to be flattered by anyone who asks. Julian sends very mixed messages, because, well, people do, you know.
There is a refreshing realness to Larry’s character, and he’s the one we really learn about in depth. The other characters, including Julian, provide the background against which we understand Larry’s gradual self-empowerment…in a very quiet way we watch him grow a pair and take charge of his own life. An overarching motif I particularly liked was Larry’s gradual coming out to his co-workers, boss and family.
Love on the Web was an easy, fast-paced read. I read it from page one until the end in one sitting. I was highly entertained and enjoyed being inside Larry's head. A fresh graduate who was 6 and a feet tall, insecure over his looks, the youngest son but the middle child of 5, and trying to find his way through life.
Larry writes code for apps, where we meet a large array of his fellow employees and a gruff yet sweet employer. Between his roommates- his frat brothers- his family, his clients, and dealing with the man he wants and the man he can't get rid of, I was exhausted for poor Larry. Just reading about him run ragged was making me tired and queasy.
The book takes us on a journey as Larry deals with a man using him at work because his naivete made him an easy target. Meanwhile, he's partnered up with a man he's slowly falling for but unsure if it's requited. We experience the ins and outs of getting a startup off the ground, while being torn this way and that by a day job and needy and zany family members.
I do need to mention, the excess of coding was mind-bending. After a few scenes of reading this, I began skimming anything pertaining to the instruction of how the website was being coded. I know the author couldn't just say, "I was working on the coding," as it wouldn't be authentic enough. But Love on the Web was inundated with steps on how to code like an instruction manual. I just zoned out when I came upon it, and feel slightly guilty over that, since the author clearly had a lot of knowledge in this area.
There were funny moments, sweet moments, awkward and painful moments, plenty of hot yet confusing moments, and then innocent yet romantic moments. I enjoyed the read, and look forward to reading more by this author.
This story is fast-paced and enjoyable, even if it seems to be a little grittier than the first book. There's some darker edges here, although it never takes itself too seriously. In true Plakcy form, the characters are incredibly interesting and well developed and the family scenes and budding romance reign supreme. If there is an Almighty, the twins will appear again down the line or have their own tale altogether. The Lady & the Tramp Siamese cats reference had me in stitches for days!!
I also have to say, as a bit of a technophobe, I was worried that much of this plot would go over my head and I wouldn't be able to connect with the material. But it was delightfully easy to follow and I never felt like I needed additional explanation. The merry band of Tekkie misfits was also fun and I'm hoping they'll get some more time down the road, too!
Always leaving us wanting more--the sign of a great storyteller!