A lonely gay teen bides his time with trips to strangers' funerals and Ouija board sessions, desperately searching for someone to love - and a reason to live following a suicide attempt.
Walking an empty stretch of New Jersey highway on an autumn night, he meets a strange and beautiful boy who looks like he stepped out of a dream. But the vision becomes into a nightmare when the boy turns out to be the local urban legend, the ghost of a star athlete killed in 1957 - a ghost with a deadly secret and a dangerous obsession.
Vintage: A Ghost Story is an intense thriller that looks at the dark side of gay urban fantasy, where the dead can never rest and trapped spirits never find peace.
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Not your typical romance!
I loved that the author put the ghost, Josh, in our MC's path. The relationship between them was fascinating and unnerving and a new spin on ghost meets boy!
I liked best the friendship between the MC and Trace. They were quirky goth kids who were there for one another while navigating every day life, death, murder and ghosts! An inspiring coming of age relationship with ouija boards, funerals, intrigue and love all intertwined!
Personality! He brings personality and depth of character that I never would have known without his extraordinary ability to identify the characters and lend them his voice!
I will have to choose our unnamed MC. He left his home, had to make new friends, he's gay, goth, and looking for love and acceptance. He is resilient and steadfast in his struggle for a happy ending...daunting, quirky and spooky as it may be!
- L. Richardson
Haunting and sad.
For people who like ghost stories and YA with a hint of MM, this is worth listening to if only because the narrator went the extra mile to bring the characters (and even the ghosts) to life.
The story is told entirely from the POV of the main character in first-person. You actually aren't ever given his first name so in a way this was almost like one of those role-playing games where you decide what to name the hero before going on your quest. Although in this case, since Jason Frazier once again made the character his own, might as well call him 'Jason'.The side characters were also likable. And the main ghost (Josh), even though he was somewhat of a jerk, was still sympathetic and I actually felt really bad about how he died. It's always so much sadder when young people lose their lives.I also liked how some aspects of this story was reminiscent of that Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode where Buffy and Angel were possessed by the ghosts of two lovers who died in a murder suicide. In the show, they kept playing "I only have eyes for you" and in 'Vintage', it was "bye, bye, love".
I've listened to Blame It On The Mistletoe, Pray the Gay Away, Sending Jack Off to Jesus, As You Are, and The Full Ride. I actually bought 'Vintage' on a buying spree after I finished Blame It On The Mistletoe because I was so impressed by how Jason Frazier narrated that short story. And so far, I've been consistently impressed with each title he comes out with.In a way, I thought the production value of 'Vintage' was higher than every other audiobook I've listened to so far that has a single narrator and wasn't an outright radio drama production with a full cast (e.g. The Child by Sebastian Fitzek; BBC's Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, etc). The sound was crisp and clear, each character had a distinct voice, and the voices of the ghosts were given a suitably ghost-like timbre which set them apart from the human characters. If I wasn't already used to Jason's style, I would have thought there was more than one person narrating this story.
The main character. If only so I could ask "What should I call you?"
I don't think I would have ever come across this story if it hadn't been narrated by Jason Frazier, but I'm glad I did because it reminded me of my love for ghost stories and the Christopher Pike books I used to devour in my teens. Will definitely be checking more stuff by Steve Berman.