- File Size: 1436 KB
- Print Length: 370 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 20, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MR1DCAA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Pieces of Us is a coming of age story written in the first person of a young teenager navigating changes in relationships with friends and others as he and his best friend step beyond the security of their friendship. Young and innocent last summer and now finding out about attraction and budding romance. Will the friendship survive, grow or become less important? Read the book to find out.
I highly recommend this book to readers who like a light, romantic coming of age story that includes the magic of sharing life with a best friend. The last half of the book also explores adolescent sexuality in a tasteful as well as believable manner. Jayson James takes a step away from some of his earlier novels where sexuality and intimacy were at the core of the story. Pieces of Us has greater focus on friendship and the subtle connections made from day to day.
Personally, I found the book delightful. I am older than the characters and have a different perspective of the 80's as I was in my 30s. Nostalgia, coming of age and summer vacation. These are times none of us forget. As I remember this period in my life, I too long for those summer days. It is so easy to forget the awkwardness, insecurity and foolish stunts we also experienced. This is definitely a story that brings back memories and helped me to think back and appreciate the priceless experiences of my early teen years.
This is the story of Jesse. He is the youngest of three boys and really confuses his parents a bit. He was small for one thing and he found himself gravitating towards the female classmates rather than the male, and he was really not into deep in sports. Not like his father nor his brothers. He confuses all the more When he turns up with a best friend by the ambiguous name of Dylan. His parents start thinking deeper, and quieter as this friend turns out to be female. To their chagrin, she not only sticks around but becomes an important person in the life of Jesse. Until Dylan comes home with a boyfriend.
As Jesse struggles to straighten out his thoughts and got more confused in the process, his life gets complicated by the appearance of Orion in his life. Soon, he realizes that the feelings he had for this young man is different and was actually one step closer to heaven. How to deal with this is not a great thing to look forward to, especially as Jesse lived at a time when homosexuality was still considered taboo and a subject to comedy on television.
This is a book that can be set aside for a time and then get back to. What I really loved about reading this was that each chapter told a different story. Each told a different adventure and a revelation into the characters' personalities. It was like watching life unfolding through text and it was difficult to dismiss.
No, this is not your regular mushy M/M romance. This is real life. How a young gay man grew up to be a self assured individual through his life adventures and a love he never expected to have. True, life in the late 80s could be a bit uncertain, but then again, it still is. I just never expected to love this story too much. But I did. And I do.
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Thank you Jayson, for giving me the chance to read this for not only did it send me to a beautiful dreamland, it gave me a chance to reminisce on the movies and the music of the day. You do know I am an 80s girl, right?
This story follows Jesse and Dylan on their journey of growing up and all the fun and terrible things that can go with it. After reading about their adventures at the lake, I would love to find it and visit myself.
Jesse is not like his peers when it comes to dating, and that's ok, except this is the 80's and he is pretty sure he is not supposed to feel the way he does, Dylan for her part, makes him feel comfortable in what ever road he choses to walk down. And Orion has a little something to do with that as well.
For me, this book was a blast from the past and felt like reading a story about friends. And I think that makes a good author, when they can make you care about their characters!
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