So, I'm sitting here on Sunday evening writing this post even though it won't go live for a few days. I sort of had to write it right now, because my mind just keeps replaying the book I just read and how I feel about it over and over in my head. Figured it might help if I try to get some of that out :)
If I'm being truly honest, this has been a very strange reading year for me. I'm an avid reader. For years I've read two or three books a week. I definitely think part of the reason things have been different for me this year is the fact that I've written more than any sane person writes. Between all the names I write under and the deadlines I gave myself, it's been an incredibly busy year to say the least. But lately, I've found my mind wandering a lot when I try to read. I haven't been GRABBED, and I'm sure that has to do with me, and how my mind hasn't been able to shutdown and just ENJOY for quite awhile. I think I need to make more time for myself to just enjoy reading the way I used to. But that's a blog post for a different day :)
Have you ever read a book and wondered, WHY ISN'T EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD READING THIS BOOK? Why isn't everyone talking about it? Why aren't I seeing it EVERYWHERE? That's how I feel about OPENLY STRAIGHT by Bill Konigsberg. I loved it so hard you guys. I spent my afternoon reading today. My afternoon! You know, when I could have been writing or editing or cleaning my house, I was reading and it was wonderful. I haven't spent an afternoon reading since March. Yes, I remember the month because I remember the book! LOL.
It was the most amazing feeling and the most amazing book. The only time I put it down was to email Jolene Perry to tell her to read it, and to Facebook that I was reading an incredible book. I want to bottle this feeling and keep it with me all the time. I want to be able to open it up and relive it any time I want.
First, it's male POV. You guys know how I love male point of view books. That's sort of my thing and the voice was just so freaking awesome in this book, you guys. My husband came upstairs at one point and I was lying in my bed laughing my ass off. Like, I couldn't stop laughing, and he gave me this strange look and said, "Something funny?" Yes, yes there was (the peeing problem. You'll laugh too when you read it). The premise was so so great and it made me THINK. I love it when a book can make me think and I'm still thinking. About Rafe (our MC) and Ben and myself and being who I am. About labels (more than just gay or straight) and what they mean to people.
And agape. I am SOOOO thinking about agape, you guys. This book gave me all the feels (and I have never used that saying before) but there were some seriously you-own-my-heart-right-now moments in this book.
And add to that the book was honest. Honest and real in the way life truly is. I think we all have to appreciate that sometimes.
Books like OPENLY STRAIGHT are the reason I read.
So, I'm going to gift (from Amazon or Barnes and Noble) an ebook of OPENLY STRAIGHT to one reader.
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And because you know I'm a quote girl, here are a few of my favorites.
"There are so many different kinds of relationships out there, sweetie. The thing that makes one okay and another not is whether it comes from a place of love. Nothing that comes from love could ever be wrong."
"It's hard to be different," Scarborough said. "And perhaps the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them. But to celebrate them. Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated."
Now I'm going to go find Bill Konigsberg's other book and buy it :)
PS... You're probably wondering about the beginning of the post and how I said it wouldn't go live until a few days after Sunday, and yet here it is, first thing Monday morning. I was so excited, I had to postpone my Music Monday post.
PSS... How could I forget the love I have for Rafe's parents??? They were definitely two of my favorite characters in this book and I don't think I have ever said that about a YA before.