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on Oct. 31, 2012 :
I finally got a chance to get this ebook and jumped at it! I read it before when I was still on the author's website. Let me just say that this book means a lot to me. It's so well written - the perfect mix of angsty, thoughtful and funny. I remember that at first I thought the alternating point of views might not work for me, but it pulls you in from the first sentence, and after that you can't put it down. I just can't get enough of James and Danny. I love all their scenes, their little fights and conversations best. They just have such chemistry! I love how James can't stand Danny at first, and then very slowly and believable starts to realize what he means to him. Danny is such a great character too - at first he seems so mean, but then you find out more about him, and why he did all those things, and what he feels for James. But they have to overcome a lot of obstacles, and I love that they both grow in the process. And I thought the whole storyline with Nick was so well done, too. He really grows on you. By the end of the book I felt so close to these characters that they felt so real, like people I actually got to know. All the remains to be said is that I hope there will be more from this author soon! I'll be sure to read it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 27, 2012 :
This is a rare book, and one I instantly fell in love with. It drew me right in with its perfect mix of humor and angst, all presented in wonderful writing. The style is somewhat unique, it is told from four different perspectives. The two authors split these amongst themselves, with Susann Julieva writing three of the characters (James, Rizzo, Casey) and Romelle Engel writing Nick, a character that only joins the gang later on.
The book begins with James trying to deal with being in love with his (supposedly) straight best friend, and being constantly teased by sexy Rizzo, whom he doesn't like one bit. But, oh, the tension between them! It's something else. I was hooked, and soon as torn as James about who he should get together with. But I quickly had a favorite... and in the end wasn't disappointed in my choice! They are perfect together, and now definitely among my favorite fictional couples.
I soon found myself in love with everyone in this book. Rizzo especially fascinates me. He seems to undergo such a change as the story unfolds, and the cool part is that it's all about perception. We first only see him though other people's eyes, and we get a certain impression of him. And then the author spins it all around, and opens our eyes to what he is really like (and always has been). I love this, and I love that he turns out to be such a multi-layered character - as all of them are. James with his dry sense of humor is incredibly endearing, and it's impossible not to feel for him. Nick is something else, another very real and believable character.
I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that it is a beautiful and very touching love story. The characters became incredibly real to me, and it's intriguing to read everyone's thoughts and see one part of the story through one pair of eyes, then the next chapter through someone else's. I really couldn't put this book down - and believe me I tried!
(reviewed the day of purchase)