- File Size: 538 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Publication Date: February 18, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TBO0HZE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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#TrueBrit #TrueLove #LoveIsLove #4Ever
This was phenomenal.
And so much more than I expected.
The writing—it’s the kind I love with the imagery and fluid prose that manages in its gorgeousness to completely pull me into the story. The arcs and twists in the plot were utter perfection, and I had no idea, at any point, where we were going on this ride…but I enjoyed every part of the journey.
The attraction between these two and their relationship started on nothing but falsehoods for media attention. What regular person can relate to that? It’s totally out of my wheelhouse, and I wasn’t certain how that was supposed to grip me. But then…then it became this thing. More. Relatable. This beautiful thing where I was live tweeting #TrueBrit because it felt necessary that I support them too. These fictional characters.
This book, with its gorgeous and deceiving cover, is not what I expected. It is acceptance, letting go of painful things, fighting for the one you love, family, and belonging. And it’s crafted lovingly and eloquently. It turns, what I thought would be the heart of the story, a competition and the quest for fame and fortune, on its ear to illustrate what is really important—that love heals, that love prevails, that family is everything and can be found anywhere. You don’t have to have ALL THE THINGS to be lovable or be loved, or to be relevant—even if to only one person.
I wholeheartedly recommend this.
By Con Riley
In “True Brit,” Con Riley gives us BritPop! a mashup of the old television series “The Real World” and “UK’s Got Talent.” Her protagonists are a strong silent soldier, Ed Britten, and a flashy, charming call-center refugee named Pasha Trueman. At the core of Ed’s presence on the show is his unresolved grief over the loss of a lifelong friend with whom he was on duty in Afghanistan. As for Pash, well Pash just seems to be terribly ambitious for reasons that are not immediately clear. Ed has no nuance, no guile; Pasha is a chameleon, becoming whatever he thinks people want so as to draw voters to his side.
When the cynical, calculating machinations of BritPop!’s producers threaten to dash both men’s dreams of winning, Pasha comes up with a daring and outrageous gambit: he and Ed will begin projecting a strong on-camera bromance, encouraging the online “shipper” community by tweeting the tag #TrueBrit, combining their names and suggesting that it might be more than friendship.
As Con Riley says herself at the end of one chapter: The Internet explodes.
Riley is a marvelous, easy writer. She breathes life into both Ed and Pasha, and builds their artificial friendship into something real, bringing the reader along for the emotional ride. These two guys feel authentic, and as their collaboration becomes friendship, and then tips toward something else, the focus of the television talent competition begins to shift. They still want to win, but the reasons why become ever more confused.
3.5 is a good rating for me. I really enjoyed this book, especially as I read it after two long non-fiction books that were tough sledding and emotionally unsatisfying. The power of m/m fiction for me is clear: it is a salve to the bruises of everyday life. It is a drug that makes me happy. The weakness in this book (unlike Riley’s Seattle stories, for example) is that the plot arc is a little too predictable; the friendship between Ed and Pash starts a little too easily, and their chemistry is a little too good too soon. A slower build, with some less easily anticipated story twists would have given this book more power. Also, Pasha, a native-born Brit, is ethnically half Pakistani. This is given some play at the start, even suggesting that Ed’s wariness of Pasha might stem from his experience in the army in Afghanistan; but then by the middle of the book this has all evaporated and never plays out in any substantial way.
And, finally, a point that annoyed me is that Pasha is, at twenty-two, another one of those guys who has never acknowledged his bisexuality. While not entirely a “gay for you” plotline, this blinkered awareness on Pash’s part seems at odds with his otherwise hyper-consciousness of how other people might perceive him. Also, if he’s so unaware of his bisexuality, the logic of his deciding to hint at a same-sex relationship with a fellow competitor seems to come out of left field. Throughout his evolving relationship with Ed, he continues to insist on his attraction to women, and I just didn’t see the point of it. Pasha Trueman, with that ironic name, is hiding his true self from public view. Thus his ignorance over his own sexuality strikes me as oddly dim-witted for someone as sharp as Pasha is.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked this book. Like most of the folks in the books I enjoy most, I forgive a few flaws.