The author captured so well the all consuming emotions of that first love. Especially in all the little day to day things that Griff and Vince did. I'm not much of an e-reader highlighter, but I was all over it with this one. He can take something so seemingly innocuous and make it the most relevant moment on the page.
That came in between all manner of pertinent information to what was going on. Does it matter that they keys were warm to the activity of the story? It matters a lot. The ending felt slightly rushed, but nothing was missing and all questions were answered. I think the gushing girl in me just wanted more of Zane. Though to be honest that's not what this book was about and that expanded part of the story really wouldn't have belonged, it would be just me being greedy. It's just amazing to know what difference 16 seconds can make in a life.
Highly recommended to anyone who breathes. You should go read it immediately. BTW - Thanks to Justin2 for the rec, he gives good shelf: View all 38 comments. Aug 21, Sheri rated it really liked it. Graduating from high school is one of the most exhilarating and terrifying times in our lives. Maybe it was a year or two ago, maybe it was a decade or two ago. Freedom is thrown into your lap and suddenly tough decisions must be made. Where will you go? What do you want to do with the rest of your life?
Growing up is not easy. Choosing which fork in the road you should take can be scary as hell. If you choose college, heading off to a University is some Graduating from high school is one of the most exhilarating and terrifying times in our lives. One word sums it up for me…Discovery. It's very liberating being in control and choosing your destiny. Everything about him is perfect. It's love at first sight.
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Griffin captures his heart that day, although he is unaware of the prize he collected. Now you see- Vince has a secret- he's bi. The insights we are given into the struggles of bisexuality are simply fascinating. He is never truly comfortable with women; most seem to perceive him as half in the closet. His concept of love is so simple it makes me think the rest of world are the ones confused. But I digress, where were we? Oh yes, love at first sight. Vince wants Griff more with each breath he takes. As fate would have it, Vince gets Griff but not in the package he was hoping for.
Not a lover…Not a partner…But a lifebuddy or the truest of best friends. As time passes Vince falls deeper in love with Griff. Unable to take it anymore, Vince walks away.
The pain is too great. Years pass and life goes on, but neither Vince nor Griff are complete. One day the skies open bringing a blizzard and a long lost face. Just when Vince thought he was moving forward he is thrown back into the past.
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I like Vince; he was fairly lost, but aren't we all at times? I enjoyed the trek down memory lane I thought I knew what was coming. All I can say is, I was proven oh-so-very-wrong. The writing is great, very detailed focused but in a way that simply Cranberry Hush and I? Sixteen seconds and well, I have absolutely no regrets. I think this book will pull a solid gold for most readers.
I gotta vote for the silver even if I desperately think you should read it. Which is okay because silver is pretty happy. View all 25 comments. May 23, Jay Bell rated it it was amazing. This morning I woke up and thought, "I wonder how Griff is doing. Monopoli pulled me effortlessly into the world he created, first by his lush descriptions that had my imagination working overtime, and later by the subtle wit that had me smiling and sighing in equal measure.
His characters are just as seductive as his writing style, all of them so real and human that you'll swear you know someo This morning I woke up and thought, "I wonder how Griff is doing.
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His characters are just as seductive as his writing style, all of them so real and human that you'll swear you know someone just like them. Most of all, I felt comfortable stepping into Vince's shoes, reliving past experiences through him and getting the chance to go further than I ever did in real life. Monopoli has hit the ground running, and I can't wait until he dazzles us with another story.
View all 6 comments. Apr 28, Cole Riann rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was just as difficult to read as it was wonderful. I think I'm still too close to read about that period of my life that was eerily similar to Vince's and be able to really look back on it in retrospect. Plus, for anyone who has ever felt the empty heaviness of unrequited love -- this book really hits that sore spot. Well done, Ben Monopoli. I look forward to your second novel. View all 32 comments. May 21, Lauraadriana rated it it was amazing Shelves: If I could give it more than five stars I would This book was a flash flood, one minute I'm making and impulse buy over a blurb on comic books, and the next I'm in the middle of reading some of the best writing I've read in a long time.
Griff, Vince's old college roommate shows up at Vince's door in the middle of blizzard on a Friday morning Vince has not seen Griff in two years, since graduation, and has not really talked to him in four, things ended strangely with them back then, because Vi If I could give it more than five stars I would Vince has not seen Griff in two years, since graduation, and has not really talked to him in four, things ended strangely with them back then, because Vince did not deal well with what he felt for Griff.
This book had so many things that I loved that I have a hard time even putting it down, the writing was fantastic, reading Vince's voice was like hearing an old friend, that I only knew too well, who was telling me a story in a way he knew I would get perfectly. Vince and Griff are in that time of life where you are just starting to regain yourself from that shock after graduation where you realize, that that freedom and the feeling that life is nothing but possibilities that you have in college has not actually been growing up And there you are looking at those possibilities like the most daunting to do list ever Vince is a nostalgic soul, there were moments in that book that made cry just from how personal it felt for him to let me in on what he was thinking, I laughed out loud, I cried, I sighed This book was perfect for me I fell in love with these two men and with this author's writing Ben Momopoli did a damn fine job with this novel and I look forward to a lot more from him.
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View all 17 comments. A terribly powerful and painful book. It's a story experienced as much as read. It reached into me and found all the strands of remembered loneliness and longing, gathered them together, and crushed them until I could hardly breathe. I experienced the sad and lonely holding pattern of Vince's life, and his forlorn hope as he is confused and tormented by the return of the boy he could never have, but could never fully let go of.
The first night after reading, I couldn't sleep because I myself could A terribly powerful and painful book. The first night after reading, I couldn't sleep because I myself couldn't let go of the story. And if I let myself recall it, I still can't breathe easy. It's true to life, I think — probably too much so for my comfort.
The ending is merciless. If you like a story that makes you ache with the protagonist, do not miss this one. Apr 25, MaDoReader marked it as dnf Shelves: View all 10 comments. Feb 14, Maya rated it it was ok Shelves: So I was interested to see where this would go. But it was the writing that prevented me from connecting with the characters and their journeys.
View all 7 comments. I really like this book. It was different than anything I have read in a while. I could identify with the MC, and felt for them, and i was wondering how the author would pull of an ending that made me happy. It ended well, and left me hoping for another story Apr 15, Katharina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ben Monopoli must have looked into my head, foraged around and then put together all the chaotic and disjointed pieces, added lots of new ones that make SENSE of them and brushed them into one little piece of art.
It was eerie sometimes to hear my own thoughts - for which I very often don't even have words, only dimly but still weirdly distinct feelings - in someone else's voice and in someone else's head. To see someone else experience maybe not exactly the same situations as I have, but the sa Ben Monopoli must have looked into my head, foraged around and then put together all the chaotic and disjointed pieces, added lots of new ones that make SENSE of them and brushed them into one little piece of art.
To see someone else experience maybe not exactly the same situations as I have, but the same general category of situations and see him react in thoughts and feelings the same way I so often have done. Vince and Griff are both very average and very special at the same time. Vince's fanboydom struck a chord with me, both of their intense introspection and reflection of everything they do and feel, their general ideas of life, their insecurities, their very basic ambitions - I related to all of that. I loved the realism in every sentence, every word. Vince and Griff are real people, small and insignificant, but very great and important for each other, and that's all they really need to be.
They struggle a lot - the concept of bisexuality and that Vince just doesn't understand how anyone could limit their own feelings by something as ordinary as gender is very interesting here - and they both have to learn view spoiler [that sometimes wishing things to be different doesn't make them different, no matter how hard you try. But they also learn that there are many ways and many layers of love and that each one is worth fighting for, biting for sometimes, and that if you can't have everything, having a piece might just still be enough to be truly and genuinely happy.
Because you're not perfect, and you don't even see what you do sometimes. And so do both of them and you want to slug them for it because it's awful, but maybe also because it hits home and is so hauntingly close to what you might have done as well.
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I loved that all the side characters were real people too. The idea of the comic book store was fantastic; I loved the whole geekiness involved. Everything was so damn normal, so undramatic somehow, and yet so incredibly complicated, just as life tends to be. This is one of the books that is so very insightful, so very real in a world where not everything works out, but where not everything has to - because there are so many ways to go, why would only this one path be the right one?
It touched me deeply because of it, because I felt with every one of the characters and they all seemed familiar, seemed true, like people I could and would want to be friends with - not because they're super awesome or super successful or super beautiful or super smart, but because they're my kind of people. Very very very very recommended!
View all 4 comments. May 18, Steve Leonard rated it it was amazing Shelves: For a short time in college Vince Dandro and Griff Neal were best friends. What one of their friends even called 'Lifebuddies. Now, a few years later, it's Griff who suddenly walks back into Vince's life. Unknown to each other, they've both been struggling in navigating the post-college void, unable to move forward with their lives.
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Over the course of the next week y For a short time in college Vince Dandro and Griff Neal were best friends. Over the course of the next week you see them reconnect and learn what happened to them in college. I had a hard time reading parts of this book, especially the last 70 pages or so, not because it's poorly written, but rather because it's so well-written.
I desperately wanted the book to end one way but there really was no other way the book could have ended other than the way it does, and I'm not too proud to say that I snotsobbed my way to the end. There are sentences and passages in this book that are so beautifully written that I wished I'd made them up.
Several times I found myself going back and re-reading them, awed by the sheer simplicity and honesty of the words the author uses to masterfully tell this story. Feb 02, Juri Jorn rated it it was amazing. Taco flavored kisses for the people who read this. This book made me kind of cry. This book is realistic. This book made me want to jump my roommates. I feel really sorry for the other love interest as There is a lot of nostalgia, as one of the characters misses college If you find yourself the type of person who misses the p Taco flavored kisses for the people who read this.
If you find yourself the type of person who misses the past, you will love this. If you want to read a book that reminds you of real life, read this. If you are the Cinderella type, read something else: View all 3 comments. Apr 03, Onyx rated it it was amazing Shelves: No, not a romance, but a story about love: It is real and wonderful, tender and painful all wrapped up together, and I will never forget this story. Our bisexual main character Vince is drifting through his life, living alone, working in a comic book store and mired in his own nostalgia. His best college friend, Griffin, shows up during a blizzard and the novel follows them over the course of a week as they sort out the directions of their lives.
He finds beauty in the ordinary, and every corner of his house is filled with memories. And the flashbacks, placed perfectly throughout the story, flush out and give depth to the reunion in current time. And it was only the first of many. A coworker at the bookstore, Zane, proves to be a vital addition to the pair.
The youngest in age but clearly the wisest, his presence is the anchor in the trio: Above all, Monopoli's writing is exquisite. I felt what Vince felt and saw what he saw. The friendship was ideally depicted on the page, and humor conveyed effortlessly. Griffin lives with synesthesia, where he sees emotion in color — unusual but essential in the atmosphere of the novel. The imagery here is stunning. When it ended I was in that space between laughter and sobs. I could definitely empathize with Vince and Griff. This is one of those books that every word feels right. Griffin has synesthesia and feels his emotions in colors which made the entire story feel tinged with color.
It was a writing device that was very well done. As for sex and all that? This is much more of a love story. The characters talk about sex but actual on-page action is pretty sparse which frankly, I think was another pitch-perfect decision by the author. All in all, this was a wonderful book and it is a pleasure to recommend it. Because it is self-published, it has only limited availability at the moment Amazon in Kindle format ; Barnes and Noble as an epub.
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Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. A Novel by Ben Monopoli. Buy the eBook Price: Available in Russia Shop from Russia to buy this item. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Ratings and Reviews 3 3 star ratings 3 reviews. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! I am a great fan of ben's. I love all his books. They have great insight into human nature and love and friendship. Ok Well written, creative in some parts.
I didn't really enjoy it very much, though.
I did not feel I could be in any of the characters positions, considering their sexual indefinition and complete emotional confusion. I might be completely wrong about it all. I would not even discuss my feelings about bisexuality, but the relationships in this story do not seem to be very healthy. By the way, I think they might be all just "silver medal" relationships None of them is really important.
As it can be felt by what I've just said, though, I've been disagreeing about the story line itself and not about the way the book was written. I did not enjoy this experience very much, but that does not mean I did not profit from what it made me think. This book is not, at least, just a "cheap" concept. I love Ben Monopoli's work. Once again, he does not disappoint. Loved the feelings this book evoked and once again there was a character who experiences life differently to others, namely, feeling in colours.
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