If Sol can just survive his last year of high school, he can escape his homophobic small town and go live with his Internet boyfriend for the summer. But when he loses his starting spot on the baseball team and converts to vegetarianism - a wolf, giving up meat! - his father threatens him with a hot, muggy summer working in the peach cannery unless he gets his act together. His teammates, who suspect his sexuality already, won't make it easy for him. But even with nobody on his side but his best friend Meg (who is even less popular than he is), the teenager finds answers and solace in an unlikely place: a 1901 book about a tragic gay romance in the bohemian district of Lutece, around the famed Moulin Rouge.
Inspired by the spirit of the era, Meg and Sol share a glass of absinthe, with startling effect: Sol begins to dream that he is a cabaret dancer named Niki, offered a chance to escape his difficult life through romance at the price of his beloved art of dance.
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It left me feeling speechless.
I'm not even sure where to begin with this one. Everything about this story is 10 layers deep. I don't want to say too much, because every detail is just so engrossing. It held my attention from start to finish, and not once did I feel board. As someone who is no stranger to the impending feeling of hopelessness life sometimes brings us, I felt very much for the main character. I was saddened, and even angry on his behalf. My feelings were a direct projection of how he himself felt about the book Confession. This is something I think everyone should read, and I think it could be appreciated but just about anyone. I strongly recommend it.
He did a really good job with all of them. The protagonist was probably best preformed, but I liked mostly all of them.
The whole thing really. It resonated very well with me.
What are you waiting for? Buy it already, you will not regret it.
Couldn't Stop Listening
Going into this, I had not read Kyell's "Green Fairy" yet. I was interested to see what it would be like hearing it before reading it. I was not disappointed. I am sure that if I had read the book I would have enjoyed it as well. Kyell is always great at making his characters seem so real. Listening to this audio rendition of the book took those seemingly, real characters and actually blew life into them. Jay Maxwell does an incredible job narrating the story as well as having unique voices for all the characters that fit well. Where ever I was in the story when I would pick it back up, I would get completely swept into Sol's story immediately. It was bittersweet when it was all over...I wanted Jay's voice to continue to fill my head with this wonderful story. I would definitely recommend this to any fan of Kyell Gold! You will not be disappointed.