- File Size: 536 KB
- Print Length: 249 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jaybird Press (April 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y3YVY82
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Starting From Scratch" really felt like an intensely personal story. And given that the author is in the process of transitioning himself, I suspect it really was. I loved it. Every moment. Thank you, Jay, for writing it.
We were introduced to both Ben and Sid in "Watching and Wanting". Ben was the quiet new housemate and Sid was the guy who had been previously involved with Jude. In "Starting From Scratch" they start out getting to know one another and, when they hit it off, they try for more.
Ben is transgender, and since his transition, he hasn't put himself out there for pretty much any kind of relationship. Trust is hard and putting yourself out there is scary, and Ben just hasn't felt ready before now. It's still scary, but he and Sid hit it off, so Ben wants to see if there is a chance. Plus, he did make a New Year's Resolution to be more social, so there is that, too. Is he nervous about how people will react when they find out he is transgender? Yes. Does he still experience dysphoria and internalized transphobia? Yes. Ben, like the rest of us, is a work in progress and he has more challenges than most of us do. He's getting there, and part of that journey is taking chances and learning how to trust other people, as well as himself.
Sid was attracted to Ben from the start. Sid was nervous, though, because of a couple recent rejections, he felt cautious. Mostly. But after some texting and finally getting Ben to say yes to a date, Sid was on top of the world. While there was a touch of awkwardness, at first, when Ben told Sid he was transgender, I loved that the awkwardness was short lived. Sid was attracted to all of Ben and never made him feel less than. And they were very compatible and downright adorable and sexy. I loved every minute of them together.
There are so many ways that angst could have been introduced into this story and so many ways it could have been full of drama. But never did it feel overdone. It had just the right amount of angst to give it the depth it needed. I was also very appreciative that never once did "Starting From Scratch" feel didactic or preachy. And yet, I feel like I've learned something, along with getting a wonderful story. Jay Northcote is brilliant at giving us well drawn characters and low angst stories and "Starting From Scratch" was no different. The writing was top notch as was the character and relationship development. I just loved Ben and Sid's story.
I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of Starting From Scratch.
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