My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a book about life. It’s a book about friendship. It’s a book about love. Above all, it’s a book about hope and about finding your truth.
It takes part in two stages, Before and After Owen’s life was irreparably changed and it’s worth bearing in mind that, while there is romance, it’s not really a love story in the traditional sense. You won’t find smexy times in this book because really it’s about a coming of age, no matter how old you are, but you will find love.
Set in the comic book store of Michael’s first novel Looking In this narrative gives us Owen’s backstory. His life as he fell in love with Jack, his life as he lost everything.
The slow-paced storytelling worked well but I found Owen hard to warm to for a long time. He’d had a horrible experience and his life had been changed by it and defined by it and I found him, at times, to be almost martyr-like in his outlook.
That I didn’t outright dislike him is because of Michael’s skilful handling of the plot because I wanted to know if things were going to get better. There won’t be any spoilers in this, suffice it to say, I was entirely satisfied with the outcome and had a smile on my face when I finished the book!
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review