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Interesting story but the narration was strange and slurred. Some parts drug on too long. Ended up rushing through the story. Narration did not match storyline.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
This story was set up well. Patrick Connelly got custody of his sixteen year old son Jay after he was attacked by some hatemongers. Jay was using graffiti and art to cope with his pain and trauma. However, his graffiti was getting him arrested for vandalism and defacing property.
Ken Atkins, a juvenile probation officer, was assigned to monitor Jay and give a recommendation to the court as to whether Jay should be removed from Patrick’s care. In working together to find out how to best help Jay, Patrick and Ken developed feelings for each other. They both resisted dealing with it until they just couldn’t fight the attraction anymore.
I thought the pace of the story was slow and didn’t really build up any angsty or momentum. The characters could have been developed better. I just didn’t feel like the actual story delivered what the blurb set up in my head. I didn’t enjoy this audiobook much and struggled to finish it. Normally, I like this author’s work (Least Likely Partnership was more enjoyable) and there is usually a character I really connect with. I don’t I would read this one again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Way Things Are in three words, what would they be?
Actions have consequences.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The father, Patrick Connolly. His love for his son, Jay, is deep and genuine which is displayed in his protective fatherly love of Jay. His personality is warm and endearing making him a believable character.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
The narration was generally good. However, a tighter control of vocal inflection might have lent a more exciting edge to the pace of the story.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
"Standing true to yourself has never been so hard!"
Any additional comments?
The relationship between Patrick and his son, Jay, offered opportunities to explore the challenges of single parenthood which A J Thomas did beautifully, instilling a sense of affection in me for the characters which kept me engaged in the story. An enjoyable read, most recommended.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Way Things Are to be better than the print version?
Super story, great characters, well narrated, exciting twist in the story. Good job! The son's character is a bit too perfect and could have been a bit more character development there, but overall good.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful