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A terribly powerful and painful book It s a story xperienced as much as read It reached into me and found all the strands of remembered loneliness and longing gathered them together and crushed them until I could hardly breatheI This Forsaken Earth experienced the sad and lonely holding pattern of Vince s life and his forlorn hope as he is confused and tormented by the return of the boy he could never have but could never fully let go ofThe first night after reading I couldn t sleep because I myself couldn t let go of the story And if I let myself recall it I still can t breatheasyIt s true to life I think probably too much so for my comfort The The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) ending is mercilessIf you like a story that makes you ache with the protagonist do not miss this one Damn This book was just as difficult to read as it was wonderful I think I m still too close to read about that period of my life that waserily similar to Vince s and be able to really look back on it in retrospect Plus for anyone who has The Garden of Happy Endings ever felt thempty heaviness of unreuited love this book really hits that sore spot Well done Ben Monopoli I look forward to your second novel This morning I woke up and thought I wonder how Griff is doing Funny since I don t know anyone named Griff but after reading The Cranberry Hush I feel like I do Monopoli pulled me Campfire effortlessly into the world he created first by his lush descriptions that had my imagination working overtime and later by the subtle wit that had me smiling and sighing inual measure His characters are just as seductive as his writing style all of them so real and human that you ll swear you know someone just like them Most of all I felt comfortable stepping into Vince s shoes reliving past My Little Blue Dress experiences through him and getting the chance to go further than Iver did in real life Monopoli has hit the ground running and I can t wait until he dazzles us with another story Two mid twenties guys who graduated from college but can t seem to figure out adulthood Not usually my cup of tea but Ben Monopoli knows how to break my heart in a good way Vince who is bi had an unreuited crush on his straight best friend Griff that was so painful he Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars ended their friendship before college graduation withoutxplanation He s been kind of floating through life Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life ever since When Griff shows up unexpectedly at Vince s house during a snowstorm Vince can t help but hope against logic that it means than Griff needing a place to stay But if anything Griff s lost than Vince since inheriting money means he doesn tven need a job to help tether him to reality As the two spend time together and with Vince s other crush Zane Vince has to figure out how to untangle his grief and his various kinds of love for the Zane Vince has to figure out how to untangle his grief and his various kinds of love for the men in his life IMHO this is the antithesis of the gay for you trope in romance novels and it honors lifelong love that is not romantic or sexual as well as the difficulty of having people in your life in a way that doesn t match society s script for how love and family should be organized Sometimes hard to read but well worth it Graduating from high school is one of the most xhilarating and terrifying times in our
Lives Maybe It Was Maybe it was year or two ago maybe it was a decade or two ago Regardless I m sure you remember it Freedom is thrown into your lap and suddenly tough decisions must be made Where will you go What do you want to do with the rest of your life Gah Growing up is not asyChoosing which fork in the road you should take can be scary as hell If you choose college heading off to a University is something you ll never forgetor at least I certainly haven t I went to a Big Ten University I lived in the dorms and I loved very single minute of it One word sums it up for meDiscoveryIt s very liberating being in control and choosing your destiny Vince a uiet retro nerd is attempting to do this and looking for his path when suddenly cue the spotlight and angel chorus he sees the man of his dreams Everything about him is perfect It s love at first sight Griffin captures his heart that day although he is unaware of the prize he collectedNow you see Vince has a secret he s bi The insights we are given into the struggles of bisexuality are simply fascinating I ve never read a book that interprets such clarification He is never truly comfortable with women most seem to perceive him as half in the closet He s a token triumph to gay guys who believe he is secretly straight with a curious streak He truly doesn t understand why something as insignificant as gender should limit your soulmate His concept of love is so simple it makes me think the rest of world are the ones confusedBut I digress where were we Oh yes love at first sightVince wants Griff with ach breath he takes As fate would have it Vince gets Griff but not in the package he was hoping for Not a loverNot a partnerBut a lifebuddy or the truest of best friendsAs time passes Vince falls deeper in love with Griff Unable to take it any Vince walks away The pain is too great Years pass and life goes on but neither Vince nor Griff are complete One day the skies open Vince Dandro might be going through the uietest uarter life crisis of all time He lives alone works in a comic book shop and has a crush on his coworker he can't seem to act on Like an old comic book his life's colors have started to fade Everything brightens when Vince's long lost friend Griff ap.
review The Cranberry Hush A NovelRinging a blizzard and a long lost face Just when Vince thought he was moving forward he is thrown back into the pastI like Vince he was fairly lost but aren t we all at times I njoyed the trek down memory lanefair warning it does flip back and forth between past and present without notice It s also first person These things didn t bother me but I ll put it out there in case you have concerns I won t lie there were times I was thinking well now that sdifferent and others when it lulled a tad too much It s not a bed of roses Actually it s pretty prickly at timesI thought I knew what was coming All I can say is I was proven oh so very wrong The writing is great very detailed focused but in a way that simply worked It s not xactly what I wanted but I believe that is precisely the point Everything happens for a reason and rather than try and figure out why live for the moment and have no regretsCranberry Hush and I Sixteen seconds and well I have absolutely no regrets I think this book will pull a solid gold for most readers Me I gotta vote for the silver ven if I desperately think you should read it Which is okay because silver is pretty happy4 veracious vibrant valuable stars When I first saw the title of this one I really had no idea what it meant Did I miss another pop culture drive by Is this some new drug the crazy college kids are taking Where s my Urban Dictionary Am I too old to know what s going on Nah that can t be it yells out window You kids get off my lawn The title refers to none of those stupid things and is only relevant to this amazingly wonderful book To xplain would give away spoilers and no description can do it justice as the way it is written is utterly charming That sounds totally trite but in this instance it worksIt s kind of funny to use spoiler here because not a lot is really happening I don t mean this is a book about nothing I mean that there are no shifters vampires cowboys Black Heart, Red Ruby etc So giving away a spoiler isn t going to ruin the thread of the action in this case It would however detract from a well written story about regular people that s already been told here perfectlyThe blurb already tells you what you need to know and a story about one week in the life of two college friends really shouldn t be asngrossing as it was but man I didn t want to walk away from it This is one of those authors who can take an ntire tub of motions that would take me 13 pages to New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood explain and he can sum it up in one sentence that conveys than any visual or 13 pagessay of random Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey ever could So no real plot talk here just musings about characters themes and me gushing about how much I loved itVince is a manchild stuck in the past and hopelessly in love with his straight best friend from college They ve fallen out of touch Vince s doing andnd up reuniting for one week Vince is bi and the author portrayed his feelings in a way that I had never considered Being bi Vince could fall in love with anyone Any new person could potentially be the One He finds this prospect overwhelming which really makes sense Can you imagine the thought of no one being off limits Instead of sexual tension with 12 the population it s potentially with veryone Now if you re good with being slutty that could be awesome but that s
NOT VINCE SO OFTEN THAN NOTVince so often than not s just confused Griff is a hopelessly hopeful romantic He s honestly jealous of Vince s bi ness and is nad of the thought of possible falling in love with anyone But biology can be a bitch and you can t make a truly straight man gay no matter what our beloved GFY novels tell us Thank God the Kinsey scale makes all manner of love possible So Vince can t totally understand not being able to be attracted to anyone and thus the unreuited love he has had for Griff from day one has a little ЯED element of hope attached that tells him if Griff would kiss him just the once he could see how perfect they were forach other This keeps Vince stuck in the past and unable to take advantage of what is being offered to him in Zane And oh poor Zane He s the third wheel in this nonexistent love affair and ven though he s the youngest MC here he s probably the most mature of the bunchThe author captured so well the all consuming motions of that first
Love Especially In All The Little DayEspecially in all the little day day things that Griff and Vince did I m not much of an The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs e reader highlighter but I was all over it with this one He can take something so seemingly innocuous and make it the most relevant moment on the page For instance Griff hands Vince his keys and Vince notes they were warm from his pocket That came in between all manner of pertinent information to what was going on Does it matter that they keys were warm to the activity of the story No Is it logical Of course they were in his pocket of course they re warm But when they are warm from HIS pocket and you love him and you have loved him since you met him and he can t love you the way you want in return it matters It matters a lot Thending felt slightly rushed but nothing was missing and all uestions were answered I think the. Pears on his doorstep in the middle of a blizzard They were roommates in college so close back then that Griff's girlfriend called them lifebuddies but Vince's love for Griff had Moreno ended the friendship he thought forever They haven't spoken in years Why has Griff shown up again And importantly can Gushing girl in me just wanted of Zane Though to be honest that s not what this book was about and thatxpanded part of the story really wouldn t have belonged it would be just me being greedy It s just amazing to know what difference 16 seconds can make in a life Highly recommended to anyone who breathes You should go read it immediatelyBTW Thanks to Justin2 for the rec he gives good shelf but nothing happens without a million pieces falling into place beforehand I m in love with this book with this uiet but very Monsieur Pain emotionally intense storyI m in love with Vince Zane and GriffinI m in love with the writing of Ben Monopoli I don t know how to describe his writing I m still incapable of writing a coherent review because I literally sobbed through the last 20 30 pages it s difficult to say when you read book Two things are for certain one this is not a book I would reread often because it s heartbreaking and two I will without any doubt at all buy the next Monopoli s book The book is heartbreaking as only growing up can be that age when you are finally leaving your youth behind It is also hopeful as hopeful as this age when you finally start to really live can be The writing style was beautiful the characters magnificent Griff was larger than life Vince reminded me that there are pains that make us into who we are and that people can t be put into nice little convenient boxes Zane was a sweetheart but never a doormat Zane carrying that aloe plant says A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author everything about him The resolution was realistic which will not make some readers happy But there is happiness in real life too and I believe Monopoli gave usnough to convince me that Vince and Griff and Zane have foundwill find it in the future The book made me laugh it made me sob The love for comics was just an added bonus Lovely lovely novel Recommended with all my heart The Cranberry Hush took one look at my What If expectations and said That s what youxpect from me Cute straight boy finding his long lost love and having tons of butt sex Here let me take that takes The Exhaustion Breakthrough expectations from me and tosses it and show you something real That was how it was there were some weeksven months where nothing happened where I was the same person doing the same ordinary things And then there were weeks that changed The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good everything This was one of those weeks for Vince He lives in his cranberry hush of a life I love that term when suddenly his crush his unreuited first real love newly single college roommate is standing at his door needing a place to stay This throws Vince s uiet life all off its usual track of normalcyBoth Vince and Griff are stuck in their pasts wanting to relive the college days Griff can t let go of his college on top of the world feelings and Vince can t let go of his love for Griff He knows Griff is straight and he knows they can t be together like that He knows But that doesn t stop him from hoping and loving him I have learned though that memories aren t things that have to pile up and overwhelm you They re just colors like Griff s colors that shade all the new things you feel We re shown their college glory days throughout the story in flashbacks I m not one for flashbacks but these werexpertly interwoven throughout the book and were so completely necessary for Vince and Griff s story I was achingly waiting for the next one to show up I had to know what had happened to them to make them the way they are now I had to know what made the relationship they had right now so real And oh was I shown I was shown why they love Supplemental Book each other why they fell apart why they needach other so much and why they really are soul matesI loved the way this story was wr Price drop to 099 at US 33116Do you remember that time that you had an aching crush on someone incredibly unattainable You must be able to think of someone right away Hark! The Herald Angels Scream everyone has that one person Whether it was a person who was so out of your league it was notven funny or someone who only saw you as a friend the what ifs about that guy or girl can haunt you Thank you Ben Monopoli for putting into words that Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners experience that purgatory of crush dom The Cranberry Hush is not really what Ixpected but I m not sure why I think I am understanding this author s style after reading this Book Ben Monopoli Does Ben Monopoli does do a straightforward asy romance There are side love interests there is indecision there is uncertainty It is so freaking real This is how people fall in and out of love in real life people There are relapses fears lust confusions mixed signals not verything is black and white This author specializes in gray zones I loved Bidadari yang Mengembara each character in their own flawed way I understoodach of them and their uniue points of view Vince Zane Griff they all sang to me I think I liked Griff most of all I
REALLY GOT HIS STATE OF HIS TRYING TOgot his state of mind his trying to a place in his life and make it permanent This book wasn t depressing but it wasn t uplifting Red River Girl either It is complicated it is sweet and it is bittersweet I cried a little at thend I ll admit This book was an outstanding memorable read. Ince handle his returnVince and Griff are two twentysomethings struggling to find their places in the world and in ach other's lives This is a story of friendship and love both unreuited and reuited and of learning how to fly through the post college void which just might hold than a cranberry hu. ,