- File Size: 88 KB
- Print Length: 29 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: 20Ten Books (May 21, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0085BEJZS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Top Mark ( short ) Kindle Edition
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It drove my emotions a little crazy as I rooted for one Mark then the other as the author cleverly drew me into his tale.
The story was familiar in some aspects and I found myself filling in the "friend" characters with acquaintances of mine, then discarding my match ups when another witty twist appeared.
I enjoyed the story very much and encourage others to read it. It's a short, sweet, perplexing joyride.
This was an intriguing short story. It contains all those elements that I refuse to read. Open relationship, cheating, bittersweet ending? Check, check, check! Honestly, I was shocked I liked this one and in a way, I still don't, but I think that's just my natural rejection of those plot elements. I can't deny, however, that once I started I had to figure out how it all happened.
This book holds a lot of punch for a short story. It starts off by introducing the couple, Mark and Mark. They differentiate the guys by giving nicknames. Marx, is the younger, initially less experienced Mark. While Top Mark is the older, experienced Mark. Over time, Marx gets frustrated with his lack of experience and explores on his own at the blessing of Top Mark. The story, however, is told from Top Mark's (just Mark for this review) POV. It tells of his reaction to the way their seven year relationship has progressed and ultimately declined. It tells of his realization that something isn't right, how he figures out some startling revelations of Marx and finally gets to the point where Mark has irreparably damaged the relationship to the point of no return.
This isn't a hearts and roses type of story. It's raw and powerful and captivating in a way that you're hoping it gets better but also dreading the moment you realize it won't. In a way, you sympathize with Mark because the man gets dumped by a cowardly douche bag. But then while you're reading, you realize that while Marx grew distant, it's very likely he did so because he didn't want a relationship with himself. That's exactly what happened, in my opinion. Marx changed in attitude and appearance and as he changed, Mark changed to match except Mark was no longer the sexy confident man.Read more ›
The troubles between them unfold in small steps, each little detail piling on as Mark describes, with a certain naiveté, the recent goings on. Unsettling phone calls are almost the least of it, though providing a certain note of both humor and WTF.
Both Mark and Marx will provoke a lot of strong feelings. The ending will make you think and ache; there is no happily ever anything here, but it's beautifully drawn misery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Without doubt Top Mark is a story with a twist, so unexpected that it turned almost in a thriller from the sweet romance the author was lulling us at first. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Elisa
This story by Graeme Aitken, author of Fifty Ways of Saying Fabulous and Vanity Fierce is a strong, well-written piece. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by M. D. J Baker
good read, good story. still not sure if it was real or delusional! although the main character sounds flamboyant and his 'lover' butched up, are they really? well donePublished on July 20, 2012 by Curtis Lyon