The Boy Who Came In From The Cold (2013)
The Boy Who Came In From the Cold (2013)
3.74 of 5 Votes: 3
162380714X (ISBN13: 9781623807146)
Dreamspinner Press
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Some spoilers below. And I know this is very long, but it’s also my first attempt at a review, so bear with me. I had a lot of thoughts as I was reading and really looked at it from a writer's point of view. Overall, I did like this book. I enjoyed the story. The two main characters, Gabe and Todd, were interesting and each had their own individual quirks. Their moments together were often sweet, romantic, and sexy, and these were the best moments to read. While the relationship may not be 100% believable—as the characters realize they’re in love having only met 48 hours before—the third person narrator does allow us to be in both characters’ heads so it does feel natural and understandable. The writing style wasn’t terrible, but it could be distracting at times. The use of parentheses and the repeated flashbacks (especially the lines by the stepfather) could become tedious. Several phrases were used over and over again (country-sky blue eyes!) and Gabe’s constant use of the phrase “Shitfire” seemed strange (do people actually say this?). A lot of time was wasted meticulously describing the taste of wine or coffee, but food descriptions seemed more necessary and less drawn out, since it was important to Todd’s character. There was good tension as far as building up the reveal of both characters’ backstories, although at times it could be interrupted by a pointless moment—stopping the conversation halfway through to go get some coffee, and of course describe that coffee and the history of the coffee shop before getting back to what is actually interesting. When these distracting elements weren’t there, I found myself flying through the pages eager for more, rather than wanting to skip over them. The most distracting part was the minor characters. For the most part, they were neither necessary nor believable, and they took away from the overall story. Peter was far too eccentric to be believable; spouting pointless quotes off the top of his head every other page. I skipped ahead every time one began. I was always waiting for him to leave so that Gabe and Todd could be alone again. Tracy didn’t feel like a real person (this strong-willed and almost nosy person with a complete aversion to any type of vulgarity), and didn’t seem to serve any purpose besides being the clichéd gay guy’s straight girl best friend. I didn’t think she and Gabe had any chemistry (yes, platonic relationships should have chemistry, too). I didn't believe that these two people would be friends. The characters that only show up for a scene even seemed unbelievable—especially the ten-year-old girl in the laundry room saying, “Maybe you’re bi.” I’m also not a fan of convenient happy endings. It seemed that once the characters accepted their relationship for what it was, the rest of the book served only to tie up any unhappy loose ends without much work on the characters’ parts. I would have been much more satisfied with the knowledge that moving in with Gabe would give Todd the means to pursue his dream of being a chef, rather than the opportunity to work with his favorite chef conveniently dumped in his lap. And then to find out he has a trust fund as well. The scene when his parents came was almost cringe-worthy, and I honestly was afraid that things would be made so perfect that Todd’s mother would leave her husband right then and there. Thankfully, this didn’t happen. The final interaction between Todd and his mother, his “I don’t respect you, but I don’t hate you,” felt real. I just wish the characters could have worked a little more for their (disgustingly) happy ending. This was a really sweet and fluffy read. I listened to the audio version read by Charlie David, one of my top ten narrators. I give 3 stars for the story and an extra star for the narration. This is an insta love with a strong "pay it forward" theme. Pretty predictable, but still a nice read. The only negatives are personal pet peeves of a lot of inner monologueing and characters "thinking" something and then saying "did I say that out loud?" Honestly, do people really do that? There is also an overuse of the fa**ot word IMHO. Worth a credit on Audible.
A wonderful story about the best result which can come from helping another person.
Todd and Gabe make a GREAT couple!!! A really cute book!!!
reali sweet story...
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