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We start out meeting Buck and Ari at their first meeting in elementary school. Buck – slightly outcast, overweight, “other”, lonely – and Ari – new kid, hyperactive, petite and friendly to everyone. They form an instant bond that sticks with them all through high school until suddenly, just when Buck’s life is falling down around his ears, Ari leaves town for Hollywood not to be heard from for the next 5 years.
As the story progresses we learn that Buck has fought the attraction he felt for his best friend for years and never voiced it aloud. He’s crushed when Ari abandons him and is unwilling to just let bygones be bygones when Ari suddenly returns as his new neighbor.
Ari, meanwhile, has grown up and found himself in a lucrative acting career. He’s ready to come home and wants to be back in Buck’s life.
This book was a solid 5 star read for me up until the ending. Unfortunately, I’ve found this to be true with several of the author’s books. It’s like once the couple has even a hint that things might be on the path of happiness the story ends. It feels like slamming into a brick wall!
There is no way this feels like a resolved story to me. Yes, the boys are in a good place and yes it feels like it might be “forever” but we just spent all this time with them apart and just as we get a glimpse of “happy” – BAM – the story’s over.
Sure, I found the writing to be engaging and well done – Buck is a fun character and I loved being in his head at times! – but I also wished we’d seen a bit more from Ari. He’s barely a character as this is so much a Buck story and less a Buck and Ari story.
In any case… there was much to like about this story but I really wish there’d been more to the ending.
Book 3.5 of 5 stars
I picked up the audio because Nick J Russo is one of my favorite narrators and I couldn’t wait to see how he could help this story along for me. I was right. I definitely felt better about the story after listening to it because he adds so much to the overall experience. I love his take on emotions and when things are funny he’s at his best.
I highly recommend his narrations and he did a great job with this one.
Audio 5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
To me this story wasn't what I expected. It was kind of all over the place. I think LBG was trying to fit more in the book than what he needed in the short amount of time. He either should have let the book go on a little longer or kept a lot of the past out of the story. Way too much referencing back to the past. There were little bits and pieces of seeing the spark with Ari and Buck (I mean seriously what kind of name is Buck) but just not enough. Oh and throwing that assistant in there randomly. He could have been left out. All in all I didn't care for the story and was glad it was over. For the price I guess some would like it.
Now the narrator, Mr. Nick Russo, was really good. He made the story worth listening to but he still couldn't stop me from being ready for the story to end. I recommend listening to more of the books he does audio for.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I bought this forgetting that I'd already read and disliked the written book. Too much of a second chance given for my liking. Ari leaves Buck, he actually stole from him first. He does try to contact Buck after 6 months, but doesn't go back to explain his actions. It takes him 5 years to go back and ask for forgiveness. Buck is angry and at one point apologises for being so. Why? The majority of people would've shown Ari the door. The 3 stars are for the audible. Nick J Russo.is one of my personal favourites. Shame about the book.