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At first, I thought this was the typical teenage coming of age story. It definitely started out that way. The first half is tender and sweet, young love at in all it's glory. In the second half, the book grows up, just like the characters. Life gets in the way, there's tragedy, loss and reward. Can you love more than one person at a time? Do first love's last? I ended up enjoying the book more than I thought I would. So, stick with it. Its rewarding in the end.
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From the book cover I assumed that this was a ‘coming out’ or ‘coming of age’ story akin to the many tales of teenage angst already described in a variety of other books but I was pleasantly surprised. Within this book a story of desire, lust, love, friendship, realization, acceptance, delusion, and growth set to describe the life of Ben, our protagonist. Ben’s own inner growth as well as his relationships with Allison, Tim, and Jace make this tale one that must not be missed. I actually loved this story…an entire gambit of emotional responses were elicited by the words of the author, Jay Bell. Kevin Frees’ narration brought the characters to life in such a way that one’s imagination was able to be transported to the world with which they exist. I do not wish to give too much away, but the dynamic of the three principal relationships—Ben & Allison; Ben & Tim; and Ben & Jace—and how they became intertwined makes this a very enjoyable journey. A MUST!!!
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This book is incredible, I’m so happy I’ve found the series. It’s impossible to relate to nearly all of this story, and it’s heartbreaking twists. I don’t think I’ve ever read/listened to a story which gives me so much hope for the future
One of the greatest book I ever read.And the reader is amazing.The kind of love that we always want from movies,but also mix with the love we might have or had when we are young.It's so close yet so far away.If you're into romance then have to read this book!
This is my first Jay Bell book - (and apologies to the author) and I was planning on reading the complete series - this was based on the summary and the reviews which said it was a believable and heartfelt story with strong characters etc but my mistake I didn't listen to the sample...
This was disappointing on every level, it was like listening to a badly written gay soap opera set in a high school and the characters and the plot lack any credibility or realness - and the narrator sounds like he is in high school too, which of course is appropriate given the story.
Sadly I am one of those people who listens to a book till the end, eternally optimistic that it will redeem itself in some way - but this is 9 hours f my life I wont get back ;?!
Just don't go there unless you are into this kind of storyline.
Loved it. Lived it with them. Cried, laughed and loved with Ben, Tim and Jase.