Thursday, September 15, 2016

Guest Review: Honesty by: Seth King

Today my youngest sister Samantha has dropped by to review Honesty by: Seth King.

Release Date: March 1, 2016
Goodreads | Amazon
"A radiant story of first love and self-acceptance for fans of John Green, Jandy Nelson, and Rainbow
Rowell

“Maybe we weren’t meant to collide. Maybe we were meant to explode.”

As a closeted teenager in the Deep South with a holy-roller father and the scars to prove it, bookworm Cole Furman has resigned himself to experiencing life and love only within the pages of his favorite novels. But after Nick Flores seems to walk off a page and starts to rewrite his story, Cole finds his dreams spinning into a dazzling – and complicated – reality.

If you have ever found yourself on the wild breathless thriller ride that is young love, Honesty will rip you back again in screaming color."

Sam's Review:

**this review contains spoilers, proceed with caution**

This review kinda sucks because I couldn’t talk about their relationship without spoiling a bunch of events in the book.

Honestly, there’s no way I can possibly describe my journey through ColeyandNickyville. It was the most beautiful tragedy I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. The book revolves around Cole Furman. He’s 19 and lives in the deep south. He meets Nick Flores, and his world spins upside down. The two are caught up in a whirlwind romance that fear ruins for them. Nick’s fear of his own feelings for Cole, and what they mean for his relationship with his family make this relationship unhealthy for both parties. Even Cole acknowledges it. However, if there’s one thing this book taught me, is that just because a relationship is unhealthy, it does not mean there’s no love in it. Nick, was fragile. Easily broken, much like a chandelier. Yet Cole was still able to look past that and love him with his entire soul. Possibly even for his weakness. “There’s nothing wrong with chandeliers, anyway…not at all.”

There’s no real way to discuss their relationship without giving major spoilers away to the end. So let me talk about how I felt as the relationship progressed instead of Nick and Cole. In the very beginning, I wanted nothing more than the two of them to kiss and be happy and love each other. However, as soon as they did get together is when I realized it’s not that type of story. It’s not like Simon and Bram who had accepting families and friends, and because of them they were able to overcome southern homophobia. This story is tragic, doomed from the start. When they got together up until the end of their relationship all I could think of how much they reminded me of a bad relationship a friend of mine was in. The two of them were so wrong for each other, the longer they stayed together the longer they were simultaneously building each other up and destroying each other. Yet, in the back of my mind, I knew how much they loved each other. There was just a much stronger voice saying that breaking up would be best for them in the long run. Then we get to the heart wrenching end. Cole’s lost Nicky. There’s no hope for the two of them to find happiness in each other. Nicky was too weak, and Cole was chasing him despite knowing he’s bad for him because he thought he could fix him. Cole talks about how he was free with Nick, and he knew that deep down Nick felt the same way. He could just never admit it to himself. You realize that first love is never forgotten, it’s always there. The best thing you can do is get the best closure you can and move on. Grow from the heart break and become a better person.

4 comments:

  1. There are no words for how beautiful and unexpected this book is. I wanted to crawl inside this story and live there forever. I was in love and utterly hooked from the first line to the last. I cried, laughed, got angry and fell in love and I didn't even have to leave my big comfy reading chair. There is nothing I can say that will come close to doing it any justice.


    ~Marriane@College Reine Marie

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  2. Sam, I only skimmed this because of your spoiler warning and because I absolutely HAVE to read this book. The synopsis is amazing. Thank you so much for putting this on my radar!

    ~Mckenzie

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  3. Well, I've read every word of this, spoilers be damned, because SAM IS ON THE BLOG! I absolutely love your guest review, and I especially love how much this book clearly means to you. I tend to veer away from books that paint the South in a poor light because that wasn't the experience I had where I grew up. But hate lives everywhere, and this sounds like a very important story and one that should be read. Great review!

    ~Michele

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  4. Gosh, now I want to read this book so bad because I want to meet the characters and know what they go through! Lovely review

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