©2009 Dale Peck; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I prefer books to be alternatingly silly, depressing and weird, much like myself! Favorite authors: Douglas Coupland, Meg Cabot, Neil Gaiman
My favorite books all have some basic qualities in common: a quirky yet relatable main character, a conversational first person writing style and an intense emotional love story. Sprout had all these things in spades and is the best thing I have read so far this year. I enjoyed it so much that even though I finished it yesterday I haven't started a new book because I just want to sit with this one for a while.
The main character Sprout is a dictionary reading writer type nerd and is quite relatable to a big reader/writer like myself. As much as I enjoyed Sprout's eccentricities it was the emotional core of the book that really touched me.
I have not read many books with a gay male love story at the center, but the way it was told in this book was relatable to me as a straight female. When Sprout's heart skipped a beat so did mine; I really felt his passion, which is all I can hope for when reading a love story.
To me, the few "sex scenes" referenced in another review were quite tame and involved only kissing. There were no details given that wouldn't fit in a PG-13 movie, so unless you are offended by kissing ears or grabbing your lover's butt, there shouldn't be an issue with this book. Hopefully that's not too much of a spoiler/dissappointment to you!
Though mostly I think it sucks that I feel like I have to reassure people that the gay sex isn't overwhelming. Hopefully if you're reading this you're not even thinking about that part and are just looking for a good story about a lost boy searching for himself and a better understanding of the messed up world that surrounds him.
If that is what you're looking for you will definitely find it here.
It's remarkable how living through a fictional telling of fictional character through a fictional voice can give you such hope for a very nonfictional future.
I am really conflicted about this book. I LOVED the first part. That all-consuming-must-have-more-please-don’t-let-it-ever-stop kind of love. I was charmed by this green haired boy who, while smart as hell, wasn’t as annoying and stuck up as most of the really smart YA characters. Then I kept listening, and the second half of the story hit and the magic slowly started to bleed away. When the end came, I had been making frowny expressions long enough that my face hurt.
The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.
Time spent listening to books is always well spent. Even bad books teach me new things.
I thought about how I would review this book for a long time. I don't want to give anyone the idea that I do not love my gay friends, becaue I love ALL of my friends. But the only way to truly review this book is with the truth about how it made me feel. Hopefully my honesty is appreciated and not taken as offensive. So here goes...
Most of my friends would not like this book. A few would, but not many. I have to be honest. This book is a story about two teenage boys having an intimate relationship and sexual acts are described in detail. There are parts of the book that made me squirm a little mainly because I have never heard or read any sort of literature describing homosexual intimacy. It gave me a chance to reflect on how I felt about my reaction to it. Books that make you self reflect are always a good thing. I learned alot about myself and how I view the world around me by reading this book.
That being said. This book is certainly not for everyone and that's okay.
I really liked the parts of the book where sprout was at school and interacting with other students.
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