Date of Publication: May 26, 2016
Genre and Themes: Young Adult Fiction, LGBT, Humour, Romance and Relationships, Contemporary Fiction, New Adult
Format: 125 pages, ebook
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Characters: Anthony Pace, Charlie Woods
“This story is so cute, I’m gonna die!!!”
It all started when Anthony Pace became Charlie Woods’ enemy for a bit with Anthony eventually finding his way into Charlie’s young heart and becoming his best friend! They’re both geeks – Anthony’s a poet whilst Charlie’s the scientist and they’re the inseparable duo against the world!
As they started their college journey, Charlie’s situation at home worsen with his mom’s progressing dementia. Taking care of his mom is a responsibility Charlie tasked himself to do all alone until the dam finally broke. With Anthony making Charlie realized that he didn’t have to do it all and that through thick and thin, they will always be together – Charlie finally figured that Anthony Pace is more than his best friend in the world.
Anthony and Charlie are both charming individually but together, they’re just the most precious ever! They’re like little babies or little kittens you’d want to protect and love forever! I so loved their quirkiness. It’s not often that I get to read a story with both MC sharing the same quirky disposition. They’re funny and fun together!
The issue involving Charlie’s mother was basically the focal point of the story and it was incredibly heartbreaking to read those scenes where Charlie would run out of money for lunch; where he had to sleep at the sofa guarding the door for when his mom try to escape – things that he’s very much willing to endure because of his love for his mom. It was just sad because they had such a good life! Sometimes, life really aint fair no?
The beautiful thing though is that as best friends, Anthony can easily see through Charlie and it’s lovely how much support he and his family are willing to extend to Charlie. Actually, he’s already a family so it’s a given that they will be there for Charlie no matter what and that’s just the best thing ever about the story. It’s just so full of positivity! And the romance is something that needs to happen for like forever and when it did – everything feels like it’s going to be okay for Charlie.
So seriously folks, this little book is such a bundle of joy to read and it didn’t even cost me more than a couple of dollars! Like, who writes something this good and priced it like it’s basically free? Well, that’s the writing duo of Claire Davis and Al Stewart for you! Goodness, gracious! Thank you!!! This book is just what you need if you’re feeling heavy inside and just want to feel good about something – say, why not read Shut Your Face, Anthony Pace! Highly recommended!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
About Claire Davis
Claire lives in the beautiful UK. She works full time and reads whenever she gets a spare five minutes.
About Al Stewart
I am originally from an enormous housing estate in the south of England.
Early influences include male ballet dancers or anyone in tights, Robin Hood, and all my sister’s boyfriends.
I’ve written poetry from a young age but fairly recently moved on to books about ordinary people.
I’m crippling awful at talking about myself but I can draw a horse.