Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithon, narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens - both named Will Grayson - are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history's most fabulous high school musical.
I listened to the audiobook and the narrators were FANTASTIC. They made the book about love - boy-boy love, boy-girl love & love for friends - come to life. I KNOW that if I had been reading a hard copy instead, I wouldn't have finished. It's not that this is a bad book, just one that I should have paid more attention to the summary so I would have realized that this isn't really my type of book. I'm just not into reading about teenage boy angst, or the day to day lives of teenagers (that aren't vampires, werewolves or otherwise out to save humanity from destruction :-)
I enjoyed the complexities of the characters - they were all really well developed - and I especially enjoyed the over-the-top, incredibly gay, Tiny. But I also thought the book was entirely too long. I was a bit over it shortly after the 2 Will Grayson's met. I could have done without any more mention of Moira, I could have done without so much ado leading up to Tiny's play and I could also have done without the drama after Will Grayson number 1 told Jane that he liked her - they should have just started dating then. I did like the ending with Tiny's suitably over-the-top play, but I didn't like the extra dose of cheesiness at the end.
When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Eloisa James. Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a beauty betrothed to a beast. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman. But Linnet is not just any woman.
Don't be turned off by the cover - I know I initially was - but this book turned out to be such an endearing romance that only took a little over a day to read. There was real depth to the characters, with a strong, willfull, but also surprisingly innocent "beauty", and a suitably gruff, brash, flawed but kind (in his own way) "beast". The story was wonderfully written and I was enthralled with the book from beginning to end. This is the 2nd in a series, but each book is a stand-alone novel, so I didn't feel like I was missing anything. It's also the first novel I've read by James and I'm looking forward to reading more from her.
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Thank you Angie for another great review! I am enjoying the challenge as well. Are you ready for Mystery month??? I already have two mysteries ready and waiting to read!!!
Until next time, keep curling up with a good book...