The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film - in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler - unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.
Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods - until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot.
But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy - for himself or for others.
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i loved the story but not the narrator. Sorry.
No, I am australian. Worse than that Melbournian. This story was about my home town and the narrator mispronounced...A lot!
This is a great story and better yet the places described are places in my memory. I no longer live in melbourne so this brought up real feelings of nostalgia and made me miss my home. I could see the characters walking down the same streets i had walked down. I could imaging meeting Simon at fed square for one of the many film festivals. I know who the douchebag footy show presenter is, referenced in the book. (looking at YOU sam neuman!) I can imagine Declan living in the docklands and it brought a feeling of realism that i rarely get to enjoy. I think i even know the general area that Simon worked. But the the narrator would say Bork st instead of Bourke st (pronounced burk) or Etihard instead of Etihad (pronounced eti-had) and it would draw me away from the story and bring me out of the fantasy. Oh and Melbourne, pretty much pronounced Melbin and BrisBAIN Brisb'n...grrr
the proformance wasn't BAD but it did detract from the story simply because of the accent. this was a really REALLY Australian story and it needed an Australian narrator. I will need to get a print copy and read it with my own accent to really get lost in the story/
I liked Simon. He had the POV and so we had better insight to his motivations and i liked him. Plus a bit of snark never went astray :)
funny and sweet
the writing made me laugh out loud many times. the humor is sarcastic, juvenile and understated, just my type. the writing is really good, the characters are well developed and feel real, like people i know. the relationship between the main characters has a natural development, not "i love you" after two days which is both psycho and a really common plot. most of the book is not about building tension between two people but about what it's like to be in a relationship, which to me is more interesting. it's not pseudo-porn, it's actually about real (imaginary) gay people, and that was really refreshing.
sadly, the scenes about what it's like to be in a relationship with a closeted partner. been there, done that, and it's pretty accurate.
a lot of people commented on the narration, and i thought i would be in pain for hours (but the book was cheap, so i bought it anyway). i think they are being a bit dramatic. sure, an australian accent would have been cool, but this narrator did fine. it didn't detract from the book for me.