This book was a very difficult read for me. I’ve had a hard time going through it all. It was a bit gloomy at the beginning, sorrowful midway and I’m glad that it turned out to have a very beautiful ending. It centers on Mark Jennings in the midst of his job in a non-profit organization, his dying mother, his crazy shit but loving family, his boyfriend Brian and his masseur-turned-best friend Antonio. I guess what I’m trying to say when I said that it was very difficult for me to read this book was that I feel like reading a part of me in Mark. My mom passed away in 2010 due to kidney failure and that moment when Mark’s mom (who’s got liver failure) asked to be taken home – I almost got that same heartbreak and it stopped me on my tracks. I was thinking if I should push through with this. You know these simple things that you’re doing such as listening to a song or this time in my case, reading a book then you’d be reminded of someone so dear to you and you’d find yourself in a flashback of things. It was heartbreaking for me and yes – I did cry. That feeling of losing does not go away. You just learn to deal with it overtime. And then when I thought that I could go on with the rest of the book came Brian’s untimely yet anticipated death. That’s just beyond for me. I took a moment to absorb it. That was one of the most heartbreaking scenes I’ve read in a while. The eulogy almost broke me. Whenever I’m reading, I’d like to be accompanied by music and it was just so fitting when Fix You by Coldplay played out during the hospital scene when Mark has to let go of Bryan. That was hard for me and writing this still makes me tear up. I’m such a crybaby but I don’t really give a shit. This book was written beautifully and was very realistic for that matter. The friendship that sprung between Mark and Antonio was also very much welcomed and it was heartwarming how these two were given second chances to chase life, to chase their dreams and to experience a whole new kind of love. The character of Mark was strong, stable, a firecracker and someone with a good soul. T.A. Webb created a beautiful, wonderfully woven story that will give you a glimpse on how he sees life and share it through his writing. I’m forever touched by this book. It was a really amazing read. Thank you Mr.Webb!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars