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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 14, Dide rated it really liked it. This is a really good story of pain and love. The author has a knack for welding stories together that touch readers and supply much needed worded satisfaction. Not my best by Kallmaker but pretty close. This is one fantastic novel! View all 3 comments. Dec 23, Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves: to-some-exent-enjoyed. Enjoyed this book very much. I like to read about how others work to overcome the challenges in their life.
Jun 19, Cheri rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , lgbtq. The thing I liked the most about this book was the separate development of the main characters. And the author tells a good story. So, despite being written by Karin Kallmaker, this novel works better as lesbian fiction than it does as a romance. The two leads rarely interact, and when they do, their interactions are almost entirely physical. While it tries to be a love story, I never quite believed that part of it. What I did believe was Holly's half of the equation. She was a terrific character in a number of ways.
See what I did there? See, she's a mathematician, and I Anyway, I loved So, despite being written by Karin Kallmaker, this novel works better as lesbian fiction than it does as a romance. Anyway, I loved that side of her personality, the ways in which she tried to fill in the variables of her life in an attempt to 'solve it.
She had a wonderfully unique perspective, and her journey of self-discovery and self-empowerment was marvelous to behold once the scales finally began to fall from her eyes.
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Reyna's story The metaphor that was used over and over was that Reyna was living in a cage, and that pretty much summed up her half of the book. She spent almost every page lamenting her terrible situation, sinking deeper and deeper into a horrifying, inescapable quagmire laid out by her father. Despite that, we didn't see a lot of who she actually was. We found out what she was doing, what she wasn't allowed to do and how she felt about that, but I never felt like I knew who she was as a human being or what she wanted out of life, aside from a general desire to be free from controlling influences.
Additionally, while I felt Holly's story progressed nicely and had a believable outcome, the resolution to Reyna's story wasn't quite as plausible. I won't go into spoilers here, but it felt like the antagonist of the story gave up far too easily for someone who'd demonstrated callousness, cruelty, ruthlessness, and a complete disregard for human life. Criticism aside, the writing here is lovely. To people who've read any of Ms. Kallmaker's other books, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
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She knows how to set a scene, turn a phrase, and I'm fairly certain she could make me believe that even a sheet of plywood was a beautiful creature overflowing with emotions. She has a gift for imagery and metaphor that adds sumptuous layers to everything she touches. I'd strongly recommend this book, with the caveat that readers go into it aware that it starts slowly, is dripping with angst, and reads more like two separate stories -- Holly's story and Reyna's story -- for the vast majority of the novel. Mar 17, Gaelle Cathy rated it it was amazing.
Admittedly, there aren't any Kallmaker's book that I haven't -at least- appreciated. So, call me a fan maybe, but still there is something with that book that's very different. The writing, the feeling, it was different. Also I've liked that some issues in this book gave me a glimpse of what it was is for people who can't come out for many different reasons. I've faced more difficulties in my life for being a vegan and animal activist than for being gay. Actually, I've never had ANY difficulties at all with that issue so I've found it very interesting, sometimes appalling, sometimes very sad to be face to face with some of those issues, in that novel.
So, yes, that's my second favorite Kallmaker after maybe Next Time. I've loved it all. Jun 27, Netty rated it did not like it Shelves: never-again. I think the main problem was the story is just so slow, page after page of meaningless rambling about the same subject.
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My, my, my absolutely delicious! Nov 21, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: lgbt. My first lesbian fiction written by a lesbian author!
Aug 08, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: ebooks , lgbt. I absolutely loved this book.
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Fantastic attention to character background that is too often lacking. Could not put it down. View 2 comments. Apr 15, Bugs rated it it was amazing Shelves: favs. What a heart-rending, tense ride, indeed! Kallmaker's masterful style of storytelling and the lyrical rhythm of words used to tell a difficult, stressful, emotional story about the perils of hiding one's own true self for fear of retribution vs.
Reyna's ordeal was especially painful because Kallmaker was brutally honest about what people like Reyna had to endure in real life. When you read and discover Reyna's journey, you'll know that it happens in real life. You know what's scary, though?