- File Size: 2027 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1088489524
- Publication Date: August 5, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07W7MG49D
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Smalltown Boy Kindle Edition
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For me, I love getting to know a new to me Author writing and story telling style. I had to take my mind to a different place which I like now and again. This Author challenged me a bit before I was able to follow well in the writing style. Not quite British or American English. I had to often reflect and try to make sure I understood. That said, this book was totally worth it for me.
The Author set young gay Max in England. London would be where he could finally identify in a new culture beyond his expectations. His best friend Hannah was amongst the leading character for me.
The book was authentic and honesty rained true throughout the story about the AIDS epidemic that began in the early 1980's. Not much sex or anything, just a eye opening story about young adults growing up in this scary deathly time of life.
It ended a bit abrupt. Would have appreciated an epilogue no matter the ending.
Max is flawed, and some of his decisions are more than questionable, but Wilson still manages to make the reader root for him. He's young and sheltered, and London is the proverbial candy store.
I appreciated the attention to detail paid to the time period in which the story is set. I grew up in the 80s, and the setting felt very authentic and true to the decade. One of the most sensitive topics, the AIDS epidemic, is handled respectfully and honestly. Nothing is sugarcoated. There is suffering and lives lost.
Smalltown Boy is raw, humorous at times, and, ultimately, hopeful. Wilson is one to keep an eye on .
In this book, both the world of the 80s and of being young and adrift are evoked perfectly. The book spans the early years of AIDS and the suddenness with which it cut a swathe through a generation.
I found myself drawn into the story from the first pages. If you lived through the time this might be hard reading but worthwhile. If you didn't live through it, this is a must read about an important time. With a love story.
Top international reviews
Twenty year old Max Atkinson lives an unfulfilling life in a northern English village, enduring constant berating from his contentious mother. An offer to escape to London with his best friend, Hannah, proves irresistible and he travels to the big city feeling excited about what this land of opportunity might offer.
He soon becomes acquainted with a group of Hannah’s friends and is pulled into the world of gay night clubs and saunas. It’s the eighties and this is a young man free from the chains of his parents in a tempting and promiscuous new environment. His first encounters are frequent and reckless. Realising he likes London too much to return back home, he takes on jobs and decides to move there permanently. And it’s not long before he starts to grow find of his new neighbour, Adam.
Without giving key plot points away, this story is a well told drama set during the eighties at the height of the outbreak of HIV and AIDS. It deals with friendship, family dynamics, a young man discovering his sexuality and falling in love at the same time as dealing with the fear and stigma surrounding the disease.
Amelia C Wilson writes this romantic drama well, paying particular attention to the dynamics between the characters. There are happy and sad moments and it is stark in the telling of its subject matter. The description is great and the dialogue is sharp and natural. I can’t wait to see what this talented author comes up with next.
Something - probably my stubborn nature - convinced me to continue. The second two thirds picked up enormously. I still wasn’t sure about Max but I decided I did now care about him enough to want to know how it ended.
It is harsh and stark in its depiction of the AIDS crisis of the 80s and as such might not be a book everyone wants to read. The writing definitely improved as the book moved on, and by the end I was pleased I’d stuck with it. I won’t read it again though.
Excellent, perhaps too well done descriptions of the prejudices, the shaming, the fight to be oneself in an unaccepting world, the self-doubt - the struggle to love until that same love becomes a condemning illness that brought suffering to everyone, and death to too many, before research even began to be useful.
This is a very strong emotion builder, and even with the sensibility and delicate treatment of the themes involved, the reader will be swept into the despair, the desperate hope, the fears, doubts, uncertainties, hates, and loves of an era that was very difficult to survive.