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But now his books have grown up along with his readers, exploring the issues of new adults, especially the complicated matter of love and sex. Russel’s narrative voice is engaging and unflinchingly honest. I finished the book smiling.” – ISRBR “A superb read! ” – Bill Konigsberg, award-winning author of “Brent Hartinger ushers irrepressible fan favorite Russel Middlebrook into the next phase of his life with trademark wit and heart.
Hartinger nails the voice of a character right on the precipice of adulthood, a young man who feels lost amid a Seattle landscape full of adults who have it all figured out, peers who seem to have either unstoppable career drive or passionate aimlessness. Readers who have grown up with Russel will welcome this latest chapter in his always entertaining and frequently moving misadventures, while those meeting him for the first time will quickly find themselves with a new best friend.” – Michael Thomas Ford, author of is a real page turner and I laughed, I gasped, I cheered for Russel, and everything in between as I read it.
More than once, and not even at particularly emotional moments, I was both laughing and crying over what a relief it was to know someone else out there “I loved this book …
[It] really digs deep into Otto – from his relationship with his scars and what they mean for his life to his feels on Russel, showbiz, his childhood and where he is in his life at age 26.
Back then, Otto was something pretty unusual for YA literature: a disabled gay character.
Now, more than a decade later, Otto is grown up and finally stepping into the spotlight on his own.
Now he’s up for an amazing new role that could change everything.
Problem is, he and his best friend Russel Middlebrook have to drive all the way across the country in order to get to the audition on time.
It’s an event that both of them barely remember, but it still haunts them in the form of Harlan’s premonitions and Manny’s nightmares.
Reading what motivates him was fascinating because he is the very character in the Russel universe–which of course make the title of this book very appropriate. I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing where Otto goes from here.” – Jeff and Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast “Thanks, Brent, not just for making Otto’s life better, but for touching my heart and making me feel so deeply.” [Highest Rating] – “I guess this was what they meant by a loss of innocence. ” Russel Middlebrook is twenty-three years old, gay, and living in trendy Seattle, but life isn’t keeping up with the hype. Enter Kevin, Russel’s perfect high school boyfriend.
Most of his friends have a direction in life—either ruthlessly pursuing their careers or passionately embracing their own aimlessness. All he knows is that crappy jobs, horrible dates, and pointless hook-ups just aren’t cutting it anymore. Could rekindling an old flame be the thing Russel needs to get his life back on track?
Parallels and double meanings abound in this tricky, but satisfying, double narrative.
It`s all about fate and connections for the grand and the humble.” “The novel’s surprising ending will inspire many to reread the story immediately, picking up on clues that they might have missed the first time around.