- File Size: 3309 KB
- Print Length: 118 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (May 26, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FPMY5RQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This little gem of book is full of LOVE, loyalty, friendship, discovery, and first sexual experiences. It is about what it truly means to be a mom and how one mom loves her son without any conditions or boundaries. It is also about a son who struggles to care for his mom as her mind is eaten away by dementia and about having someone to catch and hold you as your wold falls apart.
I laughed and yes I cried when reading this book. Anthony and Charlie are beautiful souls and, you will love how much they truly love and look out for each other. The part where Charlie’s mom gives Anthony a book and the rainbow analogy is enough to melt even the Grinch’s heart. Do something nice for yourself and read this book. It will leave you with a smile and believing in the power of love, rainbows and stars.
This lovely, touching, amusing book made me think of Mark Haddon’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time,” which I have both read and seen performed (brilliantly) on stage. What is important to note is that these two stories are set similarly, in the UK; and that that Charlie is clearly far more functional than Haddon’s teenaged protagonist. Charlie copes; having first been taught to cope by his Mum, Alice, and for the last thirteen years having been assisted in coping by his brilliant, quirky best friend Anthony. These two young men know each other. Anthony knows Charlie even better than Charlie knows Anthony. Charlie has many fears, one of which is that Anthony will decide one day that he doesn’t want to be his friend any more. Anthony, on the other hand, has his own ideas.
The only secondary players in this poignant little comic drama are Charlie’s Mum and Anthony’s family—his hippy parents, his medical student sister, her pre-school daughter Kylie and Kylie’s absurd Chihuahua Princess Arabella. The Pace family is messy and unconventional, and that seems to be a comfort to Charlie. It challenges everything Charlie needs to maintain order in his own life, and yet the Paces treat Charlie with such unstinting and unwavering love that he simply copes.
Well written, tightly narrated, filled with humanity.
This story made me laugh and broke my heart. Charlie, Anthony, Alice, Tim, Linda, Mel, Kiley and Princess Arabella wove their way into my heart, even though some mentioned had little page time, but especially Charlie.
This is a short book and I would have loved more with the ending. I have questions about Charlie and Anthony and Alice. Even so, it was a wonderful story, well written and touched my heart.
Claire Davis and Al Stewart have become an auto buy and I am enjoying working my way through their books.
I love it that the MC' s aren't perfect macho hunks. They are just regular people with flaws and problems.
"Once a boy shows you the stars, they're a hard act to follow."
Charlie is autistic and Anthony has his own discrepencies but their love goes beyond any of their idiosyncrasies.
This novella shows that perfect in a friends to lovers trope that charms.
A quick read.
I have a strong preference for stories told in a single point of view, and I loved Charlie as a narrator. We only get as much as he wants to show us, yet piece by piece he lets us into his world. There isn't much I can say on that front without spoiling a lot of details. This is one case where it's vital to allow Charlie's story to unfold at his speed because it's what helps us understand him as a person.
Because of people in my own life, I recognized some things right away, both about Charlie and his situation. What drew me in was this feeling as though he was building trust with me as a reader. He's so absolutely wonderful in every way. I was delighted watching everything fall into place for him in his changing relationship with Anthony. Although they're both eighteen, they often come across as a bit younger, but there are a number of very good reasons for this. I think we've gotten the impression from other books in the genre that all eighteen-year-old young men are paragons of maturity, and I honestly felt these two were a much, much more realistic view of that age. The two of them together are so sweet it almost hurts.
This is a really fast read, easy to finish just about in a single sitting. But that by no means makes it lacking in depth and intelligence. It's simply a well-told story with many layers. The ending left me in tears, even though it's not exactly sad. I'll be unpacking my thoughts and feelings for a while; it's one book sure to stick with me.
For magnificent storytelling, easy-to-love characters, and buckets of charm, this gets 5 stars (and a HUGE thank you to the authors for allowing me the privilege of reviewing).
**I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review**
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