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When Love Comes to Town Hardcover – March 1, 2013
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Neil knows that he's gay. He's afraid of what that means for his future, but he's starting to explore what it means for himself. He tells his best friend, he tells his sister, and he starts to secretly visit a local gay bar. His actions lead to encounters with a variety of people, from drag queens to an older admirer to gay bashers.
The appeal of WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN is not limited to gay teens or those interested in the history of gay literature. Neil's ill-fated romance with a self-absorbed jerk reminds me of several friend's early college relationships. There's always that guy, looking for someone not experienced enough to recognize his tricks, and Neil is not the first person fictional or real to fall for his charm. People are less afraid of AIDS and medicine has improved, but it's certainly a concern for anyone whose sexually active. And even if more of the world is accepting, coming out still isn't easy or always safe. Reading WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN, it's easy to see how far we've come and notice how far we've yet to go.
This is a very dramatic novel and I was often afraid it was going to end up horribly depressing, but I feel that it ended with a note of hope. Neil not only comes to terms with himself, but also manages to make most of his friends and family come to terms with his identity. He's the poetic, introspective type and kind of pessimistic, despite his sporty credentials, but that doesn't make him a delicate flower. He grows into himself quite well.Read more ›
This book took me quite a while to finish. I did move and stuff while reading it but, honestly, it wasn't one that held my attention enough to where I didn't want to put it down. It was one of those that was just kind of "I could be reading, I could not be reading. No big deal."
Most of the time it was just kind of "meh" for me. I'm sure different people will see it differently but for me it was just kind of a boring read and I often found myself having to go back and reread parts of simply because I had lost interest.
I feel like it went way too slow in some parts and then all of a sudden it was zooming through parts that should been drawn out more and elaborated on more. The end did throw me for a loop a little but overall I wouldn't read it again or recommend it to friends.
Rating: 2 Stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fascinating vignette into the life, mind and heart of a gay man in 1990s Dublin. It took a little getting used to the style of the prose but it was worth it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Joanna Celeste
This book gives a person great insight as to the daily trials of men - young and old dealing with their sexuality and the reactions of their friends and family. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Richard Reed
I liked the story, but there were serious problems with continuity. It felt like things just flipped from future to past without ever being present. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Bruce Fogel
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This book was an emotional read for sure. Neil faces so many ups and downs. He ends up in the hospital. His father throws him out. His sisters react to his coming out. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Megan
When I saw the cover of this on Net Galley, I was all ooh two boys in flannel, this looks to be interesting. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Elspeth