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Do you believe in love at first sight?Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-Do you believe in love at first sight?Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.Enter Vince Taylor.Vince is everything Paul isn’t: sexy, confident, and dumber than the proverbial box of rocks. And for some reason, Vince pursues Paul relentlessly. Vince must be messing with him, because there is no way Vince could want someone like Paul.But when Paul hits Vince with his car—in a completely unintentional if-he-died-it'd-only-be-manslaughter kind of way—he's forced to see Vince in a whole new light. The only thing stopping Paul from believing in Vince is himself—and that is one obstacle Paul can’t quite seem to overcome. But when tragedy strikes Vince's family, Paul must put aside any notions he has about himself and stand next to the man who thinks he's perfect the way he is....

Title : tell me it s real
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tell me it s real Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-03-27 23:32

    I'm going to Freddie Prince Jr. the crap out of this review!! Okay folks, picture this: You are on an airplane cross-country smushed between your husband, who is trying to sleep, and a stranger, who happens to be a dude. You start reading this book and literally... cannot... stop... laughing... for the whole flight. Not dainty chuckles but full out, unladylike guffaws. Friends, I suffered some pretty dirty looks from both my husband and said stranger over this book. I caught my husband reading over my shoulder at one point, probably to find out what strange book has caused his wife to go from semi-normal to a hyena-laughing fool, and the first words he caught were "giant black dildo."Let's just say my hubby's respect of my reading materials went way down.This book is certainly not for everyone, as others have said. This book is chock full of crazy one-liners and improbable situations that serve sole the purpose of causing me to snort my coffee up my nose (which I did... ouch). I can see how some people may find it tedious. I, on the other hand, found it to be irresistible and hilarious. I loved that the MC is a slightly overweight, effeminate man with a drag queen bestie. I adored Paul's parents and grandma. ADORED. I found the book as a whole to be really, really, refreshing. Okay, if I'm going to nit-pick, I'd say that Vince didn't seem nearly as dumb as everyone made him out to be (minus his comments about Asia- WTF). Overall, he seemed to be rather quick-witted. However, this book is easily 5 stars for me because it was just so much FUN. I had a blast reading it and would 100% recommend it to anyone who loves funny, lighthearted reads.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-03-24 20:23

    This is one of those books that will either continuously make you chortle or fasten on your countenance a broad smile. In either case, you will be diverted.When Paul sees Vince for the first time, he doesn’t think that something genuine and lasting might ever build between the two of them. Vince is way too sexy and charming and perfect for him. But Vince doesn’t take no for an answer. When he ends up at the hospital, having been accidentally hit by Paul’s car, the latter is held entirely responsible and therefore obligated to take care of the wounded. Vince got the ‘‘date’’ he dreamed of… although in the most unexpected circumstances. But where does that lead the two characters? Will Paul finally let go of all his insecurities related to his appearance and personality and welcome Vince’s love with open arms?It is a rather psychological – Paul being one to overanalyse and ruminate on tons of subjects, especially his complexions – and dramatic read. However, the humour the author clearly didn’t miss to incorporate in the storyline succeeded to figuratively dissolve the over-dramatic elements and leave us with a bearable quantity of it. Apropos, this remark is exclusively regarding the plot. The narrator (Paul)’s abundant exaggerations, sporadic silly commentaries and frequent self-pitying thoughts almost made me dislike his character. At first, I empathized, then, I started rolling my eyes and, finally, decided to classify his as a drama queen and try to enjoy the novel regardless. Romance or the mention of it can be found everywhere inside this story and the latter will warm your heart. If it starts as insta-love, it definitely doesn’t continue on a sappy pathway. In the contrary, the two protagonists don’t magically attain the ‘‘rainbows and sunshine’’ state of mind, for they have many obstacles in front of their path leading to their happiness. Drama just liked bursting in. The slow-pacing isn’t something I minded until a good part of the story had been read. I came to the conclusion that one third of Tell Me It’s Real could have been obliterated. Usually, I strongly complain about the fact that M/M romances all normally possess an amount of pages being of approximately two hundred. Which isn’t much. At all. But it’s preferable for a book to contain fewer pages and be engaging throughout than more and drag.Lovely story. Could have been better, but I have the feeling that, for those who prefer relatively sarcastic and theatrical main characters, this will be a four or five-star read!

  • T.J.
    2019-04-15 23:17

    Okie Dokie =D Everything has been updated correctly now. You've got yer blurb, the page count (still... slightly...wrong... but hey, who gives a nut?)I can't wait for you all to read this. Oh, and did you know (apparently I've been out of the game for a while, because DSP wasn't doing this when Who We Are came out) that you can pre-order the book? Just follow the link and you can buy your very own copy! .... that you can't read for another few weeks. Isn't pre-ordering neat?,Travis

  • LenaLena
    2019-04-11 01:15

    This is the second book I've read by T.J. Klune and while I liked Bear, Otter and the Kid, it was too rambly and angsty for me to be very interested in the follow up. But this one was supposed to be more of a lighthearted comedy, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Klune writes in one of his blog posts : “I decided, in my infinite wisdom, to write a story about love at first sight, but to make it as realistic as possible. Once I gave in to the idea that it could happen, I wanted to see if I could write it and have it be believable. After writing ITRID [Into This River I Drown], I wanted it to be lighter, funnier, sweeter (though with a bite to it). It needed to be snarky, and sarcastic, and outrageous and ridiculous (in a good way).” I thought that sounded promising. The second part of this book was indeed a lighthearted romcom with even some poignant moments. Both Vince and Sandy's grief are well done, touching without going into melodrama. Once Paul and Vince start interacting for real, the story starts to flow nicely. The book was light on the tropes, which was refreshing. Paul and Vince were not totally standard characters, which was also nice. And yet this ended up with an abysmal star rating from me, because to get to this part of the book I had to struggle through the first 30%, which was completely off-putting. Too many times the sweetly funny parts were derailed by slapstick, even in the second part. Like the scene where Sandy helps Paul dress for his first date with Vince. That started really good: funny while still making you feel for Paul and his insecurities. And then it tanks when Paul steps on the dog, crashes into a wall and starts a long diatribe about selling the dog to a Taiwanese restaurant. Over the top and bye bye mood.Paul Auster has only one friend, Sandy. Paul tries to convince us that this is because he is shy and insecure, but as the first chapters go by it becomes clear that this is because Paul is rude and very judgmental. Making fun of other people creates an easy us-vs-them kind of humor here, but with all the people Paul is adding to the 'them' list, it is not surprising there are so few people left in 'us'. In the first few chapters Paul makes it clear he has issues with his doctor, his randy old nudist neighbors, ladies with spray tans, cats, chihuahuas, vaginas, the bitches who don't want to keep reading his self centered ramblings, lesbians, vegetarians, tree hugging hippies, office sluts, fratty jockish dudes, twinks, large breasts, and people named Tad or Santiago. To name a select few. At some point Vince tells Paul's mom how kind Paul is. And all I am thinking is: “He is? To whom?”Vince, the love interest, is an uneven character. He is supposed to be a dumb guy with a heart of gold, but his lack of intelligence seems to be limited to not knowing the meaning of certain words. He doesn't always understand what Paul is saying, but then again, Paul is reduced to inane spluttering most of the time when he talks to Vince, so that's not so strange. The rest of the time he is perfectly normal. Vince is dumb, because we're told he is dumb, and that is pretty much all there is to it. In the first chapter Paul talks directly to the reader. Not subtle, with an occasional aside to the reader, no, he tears the 4th wall down and dances on the rubble. He is talking to you. He is going to tell you all about himself: what he looks like, what he wishes he looked liked, where he works, how he got his dog, how shy and insecure he is, all these people he doesn't like and on and on in one big rambling mess. And when I say rambling mess, I mean it just keeps on going with irrelevant stuff and has dog shit and vomit and regurgitated spinach and tons of other unnecessary hilarity of the Chevy Chase kind that obscure the real humor that can be found in this book if you bother to look. I've read awkward introductions before (Oh, look, there is me in the mirror, look at my brown hair and blue eyes, blah blah), but this a particularly lazy and clunky introduction to a character. Paul breaks the 4th wall to get the reader on his side. This is 'us' vs 'them' after all and we're supposed to be on Paul's side. Just like toddlers yell the Spanish word for 'jump' at the tv when Dora the Explorer tells them to, so are we supposed to yell 'bitches' at those losers who do not like this book when Paul tells us to. Because we are Team Paul. But, personally, I don't want to be on Team Judgy McJudgerson. I am not an aging, overweight, large breasted vegetarian hippie butch lesbian or anything, but that doesn't mean I want to point my finger at them and laugh.What makes me really, really want to get the hell off Team Paul, though, is how every time he does something reprehensible, he dubs that 'being a vagina'. As in '….[but he] was now waking up in Bear Dude's bed, all because I was a gigantic vagina'. And '[the idea of carpet munching] kinda grossed me out because vaginas have more folds than a pile of laundry. Blargh.' Add similar references to labia, ovulating, uteri, menstruating ghosts and tampon strings and I seem to have misplaced my sense of humor somewhere. I completely understand that gay guys have no use for vaginas and probably find them kind of gross. And if Klune says that it is a common derogatory term in the gay world, I'll even buy that. Just because none of my gay friends are suicidal enough to say such things around me doesn't mean they don't talk shit when there are no women around. Just like straight guys, really. However, I am sure Klune is aware that roughly 80% of his readers are women. I can't be the only one not finding this funny.Let's say you're a gay guy and you're reading a book about straight guys, written by a straight guy. You know, like the majority of the books out there. Say the straight main character does something stupid and then thinks to himself: “I can't believe I missed that field goal, I am such a worthless filthy faggot!” Potentially funny the first time, maybe. The 10th time he says something similar? Really not so much. Does it matter at that point that it's the character saying that and not the author? In this case, when the character doesn't repent his homophobia/misogyny at the end, or isn't even aware of it, and the character himself is a bit of an author-insert (gay Arizona insurance employee and (maybe would be) romance novelist), I'm going to go with 'no, it doesn't matter who says it'. Besides the misogyny, every person of color in this book is a stereotype: Sassy Black Nurse is sassy, Sexually Aggressive Latino Waiter is sexually aggressive and Jennifer Lopez insists on talking about her vagina. Yes, Jennifer Lopez is a bike shop assistant here. Paul Auster, outside of this book, is of course a fairly well known novelist, Vince Taylor was a British rock star and is a professional body builder, Helena Handbasket is Chandler Bing's dad on 'Friends' (as played by Kathleen Turner) and even the Sassy Black Nurse makes an appearance on 'Family Guy'. Pop culture trivia, anyone?On the other hand, the editing was really wonderful! No typos, homonyms, repeated phrases, etc. Really excellent job. Hahaha. Gotcha. Not really. The editing was bad. Besides all fore-mentioned issues, Sandy comes out to his parents a year after they die and Paul apparently keeps corduroy pants from when he is 10 years old. If you think it's funny what I just did there with the gotcha, you might actually like the last chapter. If not, you'll probably groan and roll your eyes, like me. To recap: If Paul was less judgmental and more likable and had quit yammering; if the misogyny, the racial stereotypes, all the slapstick and almost every single scene that features the dog had been taken out, this would have been a funny lighthearted romantic comedy that would have been well worth reading. As it is: not for me.

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-03-27 23:13

    I do this with a heavy heart, because I know everybody loves this book. But there were so many jokes here, so many damn asides, and so much random rambling that I could barely get through this missive without an anxiety attack. There were funny parts, sure, but the sheer volume and redundancy and nearly hysterical pitch of Paul's inner monologue strangled me. Paul was insecure. But he was also a shithead. Where was the steam? There was the one scene. You know the one where Paul tripped on a shoe and his face bounced off the bed? Hot. (no, not really)And since when is "vagina" the root of all evil? Look, I love me some cock, yeah? But we don't need to dis the vagina; it serves a purpose. What did labia ever do to deserve this? The first part of last chapter was all kinds of bullshit. What was the point of THAT ridiculous story? (It was a JOKE. I know. But was it necessary?)Please, let's put that fourth wall back up where it belongs.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-04-17 19:26

    I loved this book the first time I read it almost five years ago.I loved it the second time I read it in 2016. I LOVED the audio version that I just finished. I LOVE THIS BOOK.This book is my comfort read. It's funny, it's ridiculous, it's charming: it's just a feel-good book for me. As my tastes have changed over the years, I haven't seemed to move on from this story and these characters. The narration was simply spot on. I can't imagine anyone else other than Michael Lesley reading this story. I think I'm going to have to shell out for more audios in this series because when I need a pick me up, this series is here to comfort me, and the audio is just one more way to get my fix. Check out my previous review of this book here:

  • ☆ Todd
    2019-04-21 03:38

    Paul's a little crazy. Vince is a little *simple*. Sandy/Helena are a whole lot twisted. And Johnny Depp needs to be deep fried at times. But the whole story, start to finish, is fuckloads of awesome. : ) If it doesn't make you laugh, then you simply have no soul and need to get the hell over yourself.Highly recommended.NOTE: If you loved this book, then chances are you'll *really* love TJ's new book, "The Lightning-Struck Heart," which is even more over-the-top humor-wise than this book. I laughed on every single one of its insane 400+ pages.

  • Ingela
    2019-03-25 01:15

    Written August 26, 20145 Chuckling Stars - There is simply two word: AMAZING hysterically FUN!!This romantic comedy novel seems to be much loved by a lot of my friends and readers here. I spuned around on the big book-seller's web page and found Tell Me It's Real (view spoiler)[ as an (nicely priced) audiobook. Yay, you all know me and audiobooks nowadays...truly addicted.(hide spoiler)]It was time to try if this one really was as funny and great as they all say. • OMG: I'm glad I picked this oneIt was simply hilarouis fun. • OMG: Getting 10 hours of laugh fest A nice priced audiobook worth every penny.• OMG: I love this chubby so amazingly cute anti-heroThough he often is stubborn, clumsy, foolish and foul-mouthed.• OMG: These second characters where the "Best"Wow, they are such a bunch of memorable sweeties. • OMG: This narrater nailed itHe had Paul's outrageously chatting (high) inner voice.• OMG: ...I'm stunned for now.Will it be more about them?***********************************************The narrator Michael Lesley made this funny storyeven funnier to listening to. He did this to an amazing audiobook in a slightly hysterical "gay style". ***********************************************One day it happens Prince Charming shows up.‘He was hard lines, chiseled flesh, bronzed skin. I was a marshmallow melting in a cup of cocoa.’But it's hard to take it seriously when a goodlooking sexy hunk starts to flirt with you. Really?!? Yes, at least if you are a 30 year old slightly insecure guy with low self-esteem, too fat belly, curly hair, cheesy clothes, and is one of the embarrassing failure of the gays in the town dork gang. ~ It must be a Freddie Prinze Jr. joke. Or, could this be for real?***********************************************I have a weak eye for those funny, stubborn characters whish always are belonging to the poor nerd gang. Our hero here, dear Paul Auster, was exactly such a crazy "boob-head". A character who always said too much, took the wrong choices, created much hysteria and accidents, talked down (ear killed) poor innocent receptionists and bike shop assistants, had too short temper and was sometimes completely immune to romantic feelings. “JUST so you know, I don’t have a gargantuan penis.” Course, in the end was he a sweet nice guy with a big heart. Albeit sometimes cynically. But an unforgettable anti-hero. I loved him... Thanks for this fantastic anti-hero, he is needed in romances.***********************************************And the romance and the gorgeous hunk?It was a romantic sweet love tale. Not just a lot of smex but rather sweet romantic troubles. If the underpants are sexy enough, if a untrained pale body is good enough, am I expected to....the first time?, etc etc.The hunk, he was just fine. Vince Taylor was a persistent, tender-hearted very sexy guy who liked to talk dirty and simply charmed Paul (to the bed) in the end. Maybe Vince wasn't the city's smartest "nugget", but a perfectly stable future boyfriend for Paul. I loved him because he loved Paul at first sight. ~ Two needs were met and it was adorable cute....Then there were all the others:. - Paul's sweet bestie buddy Sandy (aka the glamorous drag queen diva Helena Handbasket - a hard-core bitch who doesn't take shit from anyone ). - His caring and loving parents (who like to think about matters as gay "pony play" for their son) and old wise Nana Gigi (with a homophobic parrot called Johnny Depp). - Last but not unimportant - Paul's picky two-legged dog Wheels (whith just two wheels - a mutt picked and choosed from a dog-shelter in competition against a confident perfect golden retriever). They are all in my heart now. Eewww I'm going to miss this awesome gang. Sob!! ***********************************************Stories in books, told directly to the reader by one of the book's MC's are naturally so amazingly perfect as audiobooks (if there is a good narrater). This was just such a book. ~ I want to see the movie also. Please!I have no more words...(it's true). ~ Earnestly recommended to all who wants to laugh more.I LIKE - still giggling and chuckling. Yes, really!*****A book #2? - I just saw the author answered a reader question. - Woot, it will be a second book with Paul's drag show buddy Sandy / Helena and his/hers love story with...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2019-04-10 23:35

    This gets 5 stars because it make me LAUGH. Like so hard!!! In places you shouldn't laugh out loud, like public!!!! That and it's one of the best books I've read in a long time.TJ Klune is an author I have come to love and reading more of his work just showed me what a talented author he is. He can write funny, he can write serious, he can write steamy. He just never fails to disappoint! Next time I am in a massive book slump again, I am turning to his books for help.Tell Me It's Real has possibly one of the worst book covers ever, which is why I've waited so long to read it. But this is one of those books where you have to look past the awful cover to get to the amazing inside of the book. Paul is a husky guy, insecure and settled in his life. Until he meets the stunningly beautiful Vince who is interested in Paul right away. Except Paul thinks Vince is playing a joke on him, never thinking Vince could be actually interested. Loved this book, obviously from my 5 star rating. Again, it had me laughing out loud in public, a rare feat for me as I try to remain stoic when reading. I highly recommend this book!Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  • Sheziss
    2019-04-22 23:35

    DNF page 224 of 350I guess I love authors who use angst greatly, but then they try their comic streak and they crash noisily. So, note to myself: Beware of funny experimentations.I'm sorry, but I'll interrupt this book. I can't go on like this: sometimes boring, sometimes funny... It's turning into homework for me and that's not what I'm looking for. Reading is something that brings me joy and thrill and this is not the case.I'm totally able of giving 5 stars to one book and then rating 1 to the same author or even DNFing. See Amy Lane, see TJ Klune, see Laura Kinsale. Maybe I'll try this one in another moment in my life, but I'm stuck in this one and I don't want to end up hating it.In the beginning it was ok. I'm not really fan of light romances but I read them in spades because I have a tendency of running from the angsty ones even though they are my favorite. I guess I like to suffer, but it's difficult to start suffering voluntarily. Paul's banter and jokes are amusing sometimes but most of the time they are very forced and unrealistic. Comedies are supposed to be like this but I think making a good comedy is by far more complicated that making a good drama. I've seen very few comedies that won the Oscar! (Not that I trust them nowadays, anyway). TJ is the master of drama but he took his chances in all that doesn't define him and I felt only an empty shell. I must admit I laughed harder in Bear, Otter, and the Kid, by a long shot.I liked the fact that we switch gears and have a not that perfect guy as a MC. He doesn't have a six pack and huge biceps and a hard butt. He is fat, period. That's a change few people are brave to write about and I value that from the author. But I just can't get it. Can't get why Vince falls for him from a distance, even before they even talk to each other. I don't understand that thing about love at first sight generally but here I believe it even less. I could get Paul feeling some attraction to Vince, but that's it. I can't help myself form criticizing that scene. That is partially corrected by the slow burn romance that comes after, but not completely. I want to know WHY they begin their relationship, because I'm not convinced.Vince is supposedly to be silly, or not bright enough for Paul. But I didn't feel like he was stupid, just uncultured. Not knowing Asia is that big doesn't come from a dumb person, just from a person who didn't read or didn't study or didn't bother to know. And not catching Paul's jokes is not his fault. I had a problem analyzing his words sometimes, too. And lots of them are very related to Paul's mind, and Vince not being in it makes it difficult to understand them. Paul's verbal diarrhea is something serious, and I had to concentrate very hard several times.Lately I'm running into authors who are infected by the disease called "I-know-Spanish-as-a-native-so-I-don't-need-to-ask-one-because-it's-a-piece-of-cake-to-use-Google". It's a miracle the day I read two or three words in Spanish without wrecking the sentence. Here is goes further, as in one moment of the book I found this entire paragraph:I look pretty good in a poncho, and I could have gotten a big sombrero and grown a sweet mustache ans spent my days saying things like Sí and Toda la cerveza se ha acabado, pero puede comerse algunos de estos tacos que hice. ¿Qué le pasó al Sr. Rodríguez? No ha sido el mismo hace que su esposa él dejó. He oído que ella era una puta bastante grande. (Translated: I am all out of beer, but you might have some of these tacos I just made. What is up with Mr. Rodríguez? He hasn’t been the same since his wife left. I heard she was quite the whore).Not only he uses Spanish badly, but he even translated it to English, the audacity is so big I can only admire it.Correct version:Sí and Toda la cerveza se ha acabado, pero puede comerse algunos de estos tacos que hice. Yes, this is correct and I had high hopes this wouldn't be a bummer.¿Qué le pasó al Sr. Rodríguez? No ha sido el mismo DESDE que su esposa LE dejó. These ones where painful for my ears.He oído que ella era una PUTA BASTANTE GRANDE.This one sounds good grammatically speaking, but as a whole it sounds very weird because you are saying that the bitch is big, that means, fat. What the author wants to say is "putón" or "hija de la gran puta".It looks like these are my reasons for quitting, but that is not true. My real reason was that I didn't feel that pull for going on. I rarely DNF if a book has lots of mistakes, it's more due to the style and boredom, and here I had both.

  • Alvin
    2019-04-09 02:16

    HILARIOUS and ROMANTIC!This is probably one of the most feel good and funniest M/M Romance I've read so far. It's just so funny and so crazy! I love the banter between Paul and Sandy/Helena, between Paul and Vince, and between Paul's family! (Paul's Dad mix up of his divas is just so hilarious!)The only thing holding me back for giving this a 5-star rating was Paul & Vince romance were too good to be true.To Mr. T.J. Klune, thank you for writing this. This book gives me hope. I've related so much to Paul. I hope I can find a Vince someday! If you wanna LOL, LMAO, or ROFTL, you better read this!!! A very RECOMMENDED READ! :D

  • Macky
    2019-03-23 19:38

    EDIT: re-read 25th May 2014...If I could double the stars on this I would. Laughed my ass of , snorted and cried all the way thorough this once again. Absolutely adore this story! Original review January 22nd 2013 Oh God! Snark, snark and more snark. My type of of book with bells on! Hilarious, witty, quirky and it made cry too. My idea of story heaven, and to add to my many happy dance moments there is a conversation about Val Kilmer that matches an in joke that me and my big sis have - except ours includes a reference to " Willow " and a Geordie accent, ( don't ask! ) - that made me squee in my head when it came up in the story!! Actually I had many moments like that whilst I was reading this absolute gem of a book. * claps hands and giggles*Years ago I worked with a guy who had a major jones for the film Grease and Olivia Newton John. He watched it every single night ( true story I swear to god ! ) and every day we teased him about it, but he NEVER missed a nights viewing. He could quote that film word for word!! I once asked him why he didn't get bored watching it night after night and his answer was " Why would I get bored ... I love it? " OK at the time we did think that was more than a bit ' sad ' because at that time we were all "out every night Vodka guzzling twenty something's " ! Who stayed in and watched videos? So whats the point the of that useless little gem of wisdom ? Well, I think I've just found my " Grease" !! I could happily start it again straight away and I can see many re-reads in the future...Why? Because I love it! :D Whose got the last laugh now!

  • wesley
    2019-04-02 03:21

    Unlike most of you, I was already able to read The Lightning-Struck Heart before I started with this. And I can say that more or less, T.J. incorporated the same elements in both stories. Great secondary characters in both family and friends, relatable underdog main characters, a little drama, more heart, and lots of humor. However, I think in the case of this book, the humor was overkill. And I justify that by saying that in TLSH, it's fantasy and set in a completely different universe, so it was okay. But in this book, man, saying it was over the top is an understatement and it just didn't work for me.However, I did like that it was not only Paul who had self-esteem issues. At first, I thought that Paul was going to meet this perfect guy and Mr. Perfect proves to Paul that he's just fine the way he is. You know, the usual story. But it was good that both Paul and Vince had insecurities and they tried to work it out together.What I loved most about this book though, is Paul and Sandy's relationship. It was so genuine and special. Sandy just stole the show, for me. So, I think I'll give this 3 stars. Slightly disappointing, but I'm pretty much still looking forward to the sequel.

  • Mandapanda
    2019-04-22 19:10

    Paul Auster is a real piece of work. His self-esteem is non-existent and he's a total drama queen. At times I wanted to shake him and tell him to settle down because he talks SO MUCH. But at other times I was laughing out loud at some great one-liners and pop-culture references.What won me over was his boyfriend Vince. For some reason (I have no idea why) I love those simple heroes in romantic fiction. The ones that are a few sandwiches short of a picnic, but who have enormous hearts and are completely enamoured of their love interest. As soon as Vince arrived I was able to love Paul because I saw him through Vince's eyes.I feel that Paul's dialogue could have been toned down a lot and the book would still have plenty of that romantic comedy vibe. I have to admit that I did some skimming at times just to get to the romance part which felt buried under all the talking. I really wished there had been more than one sex scene though. :(The secondary characters are adorable and funny but they do teeter on the edge of being too quirky. Their words and actions are sometimes hard to believe. But I love Sandy/Helena Handbasket (great drag queen name BTW!) and will definitely be pre-ordering his/her book.In the end I think this is a typically sweet T.J. Klune story but one that tries too hard to be funny. It seemed like every second sentence was inserted to make the reader guffaw with laughter. This author doesn't need to try so hard. He IS funny and he writes great characters and romance that makes your toes curl. I'm hoping that he tones it down a bit in the next instalment. It would be interesting to compare this book with his next release (Into this river I drown) which I believe is a more serious novel.

  • * Meli Mel *
    2019-03-30 21:22

    ♥♥♥ 5 "HI-larious and Real" Stars ♥♥♥●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"Sometimes I wonder if you should be on medication," Charlie said. "It can't be healthy to have you thinking all by yourself without some kind of pharmaceutical intervention."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●Oh, how I loved this book. I loved it to pieces!! It was just so perfect to me. I kind of want to marry this book and all the characters in it, it was that good. Just a warning to all those who are considering this as a future read...DO NOT READ IT IN PUBLIC!! Trust me...unless you want to get stared at like some weirdo, then by all means do it, if that's your kink. Oh yeah, and DO NOT DRINK WHILE READING THIS!! There was a moment my life flashed before my eyes and I thought I would for sure die from choking on my water. Not fun.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"I get what I want. You better be ready, Paul.""That's just...well, I never. I don't even...who does he think he is? Tasting like coffee and...bastard...this is my work...running out of Post-its and shit. I'll show you until five o'clock on Wednesday. I don't need no man. Fucking Kelly Clarkson. She ruins everything It's not going to happen, Paul. Not going to happen. Oh sweat balls."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●I was 1% into this book, and already it had me laughing like a loon. I love the funny inner monologues that Paul had. Like I said before, my laughter garnered a lot of attention from family and co-workers. And of course when they ask what is so damn funny, I'm not about to tell them what it involves!!...Like a huge black dildo, or a menstruating ghost, or sex faces for example. Yeah, then they would for sure think I was weird...which I'm not...much.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"It was as if God himself saw that my intention was to make my outer self match my inner fabulosity and didn't think the world could handle such an explosion of amazingness. So instead of letting me get to the gym where I would have transformed myself into a walking sex god, he created a Dunkin' Donuts out of nothing and then gave them away for free. I didn't make it to the gym. I had a bear claw instead. And a maple bar. And some donut holes. And then some more donut holes."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●Paul was an insecure because he doesn't have the physique of a male runway model. He complains a lot, is sarcastic, a cynic, and just says things that pops into his brain. He also rambles a lot. He was so funny and entertaining, and he just didn't see that. He is also a big klutz, who has unfortunate things happen to him...constantly. But, he is smooth-ish when it comes to recovering from those things. He is also quite dramatic and freaks out easily. All those things were what I really liked about him. See, how wonderful he is? Okay...he also has a big heart, happy? Oh, and he thinks Vince is "Freddy Prinze Junioring" him, it's a real word.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"You may as well just say yes. I saved your life, and that means you belong to me now. I'm totally going to Freddie Prinze Junior you so hard later.""That's not what that means!" I shouted after him, causing people to stare at me like I was the ridiculous one. "You don't get to make it sound dirty and hot!"●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●Then there is Vince. He was smoking hot jock with abs made for doing laundry. He was everything Paul wasn't. Vince was incessant in his pursuit for Paul. Sometimes it was hard to understand Vince, but the more you read, the more you got him and how genuine he was. He wasn't the brightest bulb but he was loving and sweet to Paul. He even made me swoon so hard at one point. He was also an animal whisperer, I think, because of how easily he bonded to Paul's two legged dog named Wheels, and the homophobic parrot named Johnny Depp. Together, Paul and Vince were just perfect for each other.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"Isn't it obvious? Vince is the Dominant and Paul is his submissive. Look how Vince is holding onto him like he owns him. It was probably just from a rough scene in Vince's playroom. Vince may have made him pretend to be a pony, like on that one HBO show that we watched. You remember? Where that one man put that bit in the other man's mouth and made him wear a saddle? We promised ourselves we'd always support Paul with whatever he chose to be. It just so happens he's kinky. We'll support him not matter what."My father nodded as if this made complete sense. "You a pony, son?" he asked me.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●This book was just amazing. I can't stop saying how I laughed so hard I almost peed myself--which I was glad I had the forethought of wearing a pair of Depends for just the occasion. I loved the secondary characters like Paul's sassy best friend/queen Sandy, his parents that shared too much information, his rude grandma Nana, and even Darren. I also loved the lessons learned here, because believe it or not, there was one in here mixed with all the humour and craziness. I loved it all.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"Because sometimes it’s about letting go of what your mind tells you and following what your heart shows you instead. That’s how you know it will always be real."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●Near the end, things got a bit emotional and I teared up bad, some even falling down my cheeks. It was painful but I loved how strong and more secure Paul became. I loved how things concluded for Paul and Vince. I was all warm and tingly and smiling so big. It was beautiful!! I completely adored this book and definitely recommend you give this a try. Especially if you want a light funny read. Don't let the cover dissuade you, because this was freaking brilliant!!

  • Dia
    2019-04-08 23:29

    4,5 stars I struggled a little with my rating. And I will explain why. I really loved the writing!! It's pure comedy at its finest! I don't remember when or if I ever laughed so hard while reading. This book is SO funny, I chocked with laughter so many times! It was really hard to read next to my sleeping husband, because I ended making some ... let's just say unexpected sounds, while covering my mouth with my hands and trying not to wake him up. That's how much I laughed, until the bed started to shake. Paul was SO odd! Paul talked so much to himself. His dialogues with Sandy/Helena - his best friend/super sassy drag queen - were hilarious!!! I loved him so much. Vince was like a wet dream, handsome, packed with muscles, had DIMPLES ... but didn't speak Asian. Well actually he didn't know Asia is a continent. At first I was kind of disappointed in having one of the MC's being so beautiful but with no brains. But he grew on me and he had such a big heart! In the end I think pairing him with sarcastic and odd Paul was great. They made quite a pair. 2/3 of the book is light and funny and I didn't expect more. So I was surprised by the hotness we got at some point. And then the last chapters brought angst, sadness, but also a sweet ending.I think Paul's family was super crazy but amazing. I would love to revisit them! The homophobic parrot named Johnny Depp was hilarious too. But I did see the "pretty" coming from him. Traitor. Him and Wheels, the two legged dog.I'm not rating it with 5 stars because there were some things that didn't work for me. I don't want to give too much away, so I will only admit that I don't like insta-love stories. And this one kind of was exactly that.Overall I think it's the funniest book I have ever read. It was sweet, it was hilarious, it was also super hot and it ended on such a positive note, so I can't wait to read the next book! It's Sandy's time to fall in love.

  • Marte - Thunderella
    2019-03-22 19:20

    This book was a slooow read, okay? Why? Because I had to stop ALL THE TIME to...*********************************************************************I loved the characters: Paul, a drama queen with an very active imagination and a bad case of mouth diarrhea and some serious bad luck"And I started to choke. At first, it wasn’t so bad. I thought I could still breathe around it and I made a noise that made me sound like an Ewok: “Urka. Urk. Urk.” (...)And then I felt everything go dark and my breath stopped and my heart thudded lightly in my chest. I saw a white light and went into it. My body died, but I ascended into heaven, where a group of shirtless and way-hot angels waited for me and wanted nothing more than to cater to my every whim. My favorite was an angel named Esteban Ortega who whispered dirty words in Spanish in my ear and who I called “Papi.” I was happy, happy at last, and that’s where I stayed for all eternity, with a Latin angel and my ginormous penis. And a halo. And wings. And I also could make unlimited wishes. The end. Okay, I’m just fucking with you. I didn’t die. That’d been a bummer way to end the story, don’t you think? Gay people get happy endings too, Hollywood!"Sandy/Helena, Paul's best friend and diva drag queen extraordinaire"Helena reached out and grabbed my hand and squeezed. Without moving her lips from that big, showgirl of a smile, she muttered, “On a scale of one to ten, how pissed are you?” “Seventy-two,” I murmured back. (...)“Thank God it’s that low,” she said, her smile going wider."Vince, sexy, dimpled, confident“You may as well just give up now,” he said. “What do you mean?” “You’re going to go on a date with me. It’s just easier if you say yes now.” “Cocky fucking bastard.” “Nah, I just see that you want to, but for some reason you’re saying no.”Larry and Matty, Paul's parents“You guys are just biased.” “Well, even if we weren’t, we’d still love you to pieces,” Mom said. “We know you’re shy, Paul, and maybe you’ll always be like that. But one day, someone is going to come along and sweep you off your feet and it will be like magic. You’ll open up like a blushing, virgin flower filled with rainbows and sprinkles” “Rainbows and sprinkles,” my father agreed. “The most sprinkliest virgin flower ever.” “I love you guys,” I told them honestly, even if they were batshit insane.Nana Gigi, Paul's grandmother She smiled sweetly at me and reached up to cup my face. “Paul, I’m going to tell you this once and only once, okay?”I nodded at my beautiful grandmother. She slapped me upside my head.“If you spout any of that bullshit to me ever again, I will tan your hide, you hear me? You need to get over yourself and stop being a whiny little bitch. If he sees something in you that the rest of us have seen for years, then God almighty, you better be giving it as good as you get.” “Ow,” I mumbled. She rolled her eyes. “Don’t be such a baby."and the homophobic parrot Johnny Depp“Fairy!” Johnny Depp told me. He sat in a large cage in the corner, his gorgeous plumage hiding his evil, beating heart. He glared at me as I entered the room, clicking his claws against the wooden beam as he moved closer. “Don’t put your finger in my bum!” ***********************************************************************Most of the story was hilarious, but at the end it turned surprisingly serious. I bawled my eyes out. (view spoiler)[Sickness and funeral (hide spoiler)] is a sore spot. I felt (view spoiler)[so bad for Vince (hide spoiler)], and reading about (view spoiler)[the flashback of Sandy's loss and Paul being there for him (hide spoiler)].Some negative points though.Paul did some stupid things, but something really pissed me off. I can't believe Paul (view spoiler)[visited Vince's dying mother at the hospital without telling Vince (hide spoiler)]! Waay out of line I think. I was so angry with him, I can understand Vince's reaction. And Paul's (view spoiler)["joke" with the reader (hide spoiler)], that was lame reading I think.But still, this book...Very worth reading! :Dps. if you liked/loved Tell me it's real, you also should check out Slam!It's in the same Laugh My Ass Off category. There's even a dog in that story as well. His name is Bubbles. "Bubbles by name, bubbles for brains." LOL!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • .Lili.
    2019-04-07 22:31

    4/9/14I just realized I never wrote a review for this book! I'll just answer a few quick questions:Did it make me cry?Did I laugh?Smut index:Not too high but that's ok. This story has so much more to offer! Should you read this?This is such an endearing book with a wonderful group of characters! This is an easy one to rate: 5+ Stars ♥***********2/4/14LOVED this to bits! Review to come!

  • Mary
    2019-04-22 22:17

    I loved this book, I loved the rambling, and I loved Paul. I also loved his family, Sandy, and of course Vince and also Darren. When a book makes you laugh out loud, you know you picked up a winner.

  • Dreamer
    2019-04-10 22:19

    This book had me snorting with laughter, some real funny lines. I was also in tears by the end. A longish m/m novel written by a male author for a change. Told in the first person from Paul Auster's pov throughout."Okay, that'll be $1,976.25.""The fuck you talking about," I shouted at her. She recoiled as if I'd slapped her. Everyone in the store stared at me."Sorry," I said quickly. "I was startled. I thought you said that bike was over nineteen hundred dollars."She nodded slowly. "It is?""For a bike? I didn't put that much down when I bought my car!""It's a 2012 Diamondback Podium 3 road bike," she said as if that explained everything."I bought a Prius," I said as if that made everything better."These things can be expensive.""Is it made of blood diamonds?" I asked incredulously. "Did children forced to work in deep, dark mines dig up the diamonds with their bare, bleeding hands?"

  • Isabel
    2019-04-18 19:19

    It's not easy to review this book!!! It's not!!! Mostly because I don't want to spoil anything! I want everyone, who like to laugh and that enjoy a great romantic comedy, read this book!When I saw the movie Hangover for the first time, I almost suffocated laughing, I couldn't breath and my eyes were crying because I couldn't control myself! Well, that was what happened while I was reading Tell Me It's Real! This book is insanely hilarious, crazy and at the same time, very romantic!!!What you will find? A intelligent writing, a clever sense of humour, surprising characters, crazy minds... crazy animals, and romance!You will meet Paul, and you will find that in his head there is a all new world (he has a special tendency to Mexico)! You will meet his loving family, his father and mother, and his very special Nana! You will meet Sandy/Helena, his best friend!!! And you will know better Vince! The man that turned his life upside down! Of course there are two special characters that you will adore: Wheels and Johnny Depp!!! That's right!!!But most of all, you will be reading a great book, and you will see how impressive it is that in the middle of so much crazyness and laugh, there are serious feelings and real emotions...How I wish someone would made a movie with this script!!!A fabulous BR with amazing friends HERE

  • Catherine
    2019-04-09 23:34

    This book is AWESOME!The premise is adorable and every single one of the characters is sweet, endearing, ridiculously over the top, and fucking hilarious. Seriously, Tell Me It's Real is hands down the funniest book I have ever read in my entire life. I'm fairly certain that I laughed at something on every single page (except for the handful of pages where I was crying big, sappy tears). If you haven't read this book yet, consider yourself forewarned: DO NOT EAT OR DRINK WHILE READING THIS BOOK. You will laugh, choke, and potentially die. Or, you know, give your laptop a coffee spitbath like I did. Twice. Okay... three times. (I'm definitely more of a Paul than a Vince)

  • Barbara➰
    2019-04-07 23:13

    This was my first TJ Klune book. So I have now popped my cherry. And it was delicious. I laughed a lot. I cried a little. And I had those aww moments with a big old silly grin included.Let me tell you what I learned from this book.Sometimes you need to believe in ghosts."I felt bad that I was going to ruin his joy of my fake period ghost. “No,” I said, and his face fell. “But that doesn’t mean she’s not there!” Now all I wanted was to see the vaginal-bleeding ghost in my house just to make him happy again. What’s a little spectral menstrual blood when a hot guy is smiling at you?” Everyone should read Dr Seuss. There was a pause. “I still have spunk in my junk,” he finally said. “You’re like a dirty Dr. Seuss.” “I’ll do you on the grass. I’ll do you during mass.” “No thanks. I think I’ll take a pass.” Dammit! Stop rhyming! He snorted. “You just want a piece of my ass.”  Believe in a higher power. "It was at that time I learned Vince liked to wear a black jock under his bike shorts. It was also at this time that I found out that I really enjoyed black jock straps. Like intensely enjoyed them. To the point that I was sure God himself had come down from heaven and said, “Here, my son, I’ve brought you a gift. Check out that sweet ass framed by black straps. You’re welcome.”  There are just some things you don’t ask your friends to do. "Friendship should never be about asking your friend to hold your balls out of the way so you can shave your taint.”  Don’t piss off your waiter who’s been eye-fucking your man. "Keep your fucking voice down,” I hissed at him, looking around to see if Santiago was listening in, trying to eavesdrop for the intel he could use to tear me away from Vince like some Victorian heroine. I saw the top of his perfectly manufactured head through the window near the kitchen, and I wondered if he was pulling out his pubes one by one in preparation for when we ordered”  Don't forge someone else's name.“That’s a federal crime,” I told him. “Punishable by three to five years in a minimum-security prison. You’ll get passed around like condiments at a barbeque” - Everyone needs a nana.“Don’t be such a baby. There’s too many other people in the world who want nothing more than to kick you when you’re down. Don’t you dare do that job for them.”  There’s a time and place for everything.“Because we still have to have dinner with my fucking parents. I don’t want to do that sitting in my own spunk. And besides, having sex at my grandma’s house is not one of the things I wanted to do before I die.”  Never jump to conclusions.“…maybe he and Darren have been together for twelve years and I was meant to be a present for Darren’s birthday and we’re going to have a threesome and then they’ll throw me to the curb like a box of unwanted newborn kittens before they go back to their lives, where they’re planning on adopting a Croatian baby named Braslav.”  Sometimes we just need reassurance.“Vince?” “Yeah?” “Is this for real?” “What?” “You know.” I swallowed. “You and me.” No hesitation. “It is.” “Okay.” He watched me. “If you need me to, I’ll tell you every day it’s real.”"Okay.” “It’s real.”  You never know when you'll fall in love. "You just watched a YouTube video of me falling into a hippo exhibit at the zoo and swallowing hippo-shit water and now you’re halfway to being in love with me after knowing me for only a few days?” How you know it’s real.“…sometimes it’s about letting go of what your mind tells you and following what your heart shows you instead. That’s how you know it will always be real.”

  • Barbara
    2019-03-26 23:08

    I would love to tell you all about this book but it would be spoilish... But I can say that this author is brilliant and the book is amazingly writen! So as Vince loves "Asia"... I choose this "character" to show my thoughts and feels! I laugh so hard... I almost choke and vomit! There are lot of ridiculous awkward hilarious moments! The HOT scenes... I felt unhappy also... To end... Read itRecommended for anyone Who wants to laugh!Another BR with amazing friends!BR HERE

  • Gina
    2019-04-03 23:24

    We all the know old saying “Laughter is the best medicine”. Well I gotta tell you friends, this book definitely cured me of my blues. This book had me crying from laughing so much, couldn’t read the next sentence because of my blurry vision! What made this a perfect story for me was the combination of laughter and real emotions mingled in. This was not just a book of quick laughs and funny linesPaul Auster was definitely someone I could relate to and understand. Living in his little shell of a world, protected from what he is afraid of, Paul uses humor and his imagination to deal with life difficulties. Behind all the snarky comments and smart-ass commentary was a man unsure, insecure and afraid to get hurt. For him, finding a hot sexy wonderful man interested in him was simply too good to be true. He was slightly overweight, working a dead end job, nothing physically remarkable about him in his opinion. So when Vince Taylor comes into his life and pursues him, Paul absolutely knows the joke is on him. And the avoidance and snark begin! There wasn’t a character I didn't find fascinating in this book, between Sandy and his drag queen persona Helena Handbasket, the dog Wheels, Paul’s parents I was in heaven! I never found Paul too much, he was never too snarky, too bitter. Because like I said previously I could see that Paul was like so many of us. A lot of us are slightly twisted, skating on the edge of weird (ok maybe some of us are smack dab in the middle of weird, don’t look at me LOL). Some of us look in the mirror and cannot see what others see, we see the flaws, the averageness. And when we do, usually humor is the method to cover it up.Maybe I am to easy to please, maybe I don’t dissect a book enough. But when a book captures my imagination, my heart, when I cannot stop laughing because of that book then that is enough for me.This book will go under the category of “ medicine to cure the blues”, and i am going to be going back to this book again and again….5 laughing out loud stars!

  • Lenore
    2019-04-13 22:38

    One star for the story and one star for the sheer "absurdity" of literary master Paul Auster telling an m/m romcom. Maybe some other m/m author can create an oversexed protagonist called Philip Roth or even a meta-hero called Nathan Zuckerman.Pity. Because this book had potential for something good. All it would have taken was a good content editor and a couple of attentive betas.Onwards.

  • Vanessa North
    2019-04-20 21:16

    This book made me laugh (a lot). It made me cry (a little). I could honestly recommend it to just about anybody and imagine they'd enjoy it. (view spoiler)[ However, I can't give it five stars because the "he did something stupid/weak so let's call him a vagina" jokes occurred with such frequency I felt like I was being slapped in the face, repeatedly for daring to have a *gasp* vagina myself. Seriously society? Can we retire that fucking "joke" already? It's not funny. It's misogyny. (hide spoiler)]

  • Samington
    2019-03-24 03:23

    Not only is the narrator a rambling manchild with a ten-year-old's mind in a thirty-year-old's body, he's constantly racist, to boot. I really don't understand what was up with that, but it was gross. He had all these weird, immature takes on various minorities (Chinese people, Black people, Mexicans, Taiwanese people, etc. etc.) that were never really addressed in any meaningful way. There was a lot of weird sexism, too-- all symptoms of the larger problem, I think, which is that Paul is basically worthless. The other guy was stupid. That's about all I got from him. Nobody felt like a real person, they all spoke with the same voice, and the things they did and said shattered my verisimilitude to the max.As for the story, nothing of any note happened until near the end. Most of the word count (good God, the book is 300+ pages long!) was Paul's incoherent yammering, and the actual plot of the novel hardly existed. It took me ages to finish this, though it's not particularly dense; I just kept dropping out and having to go back and force myself to continue. No thank you.Also: "Sweat balls" wasn't cute the first time, and it certainly wasn't cute the fiftieth time.

  • Simon
    2019-04-17 19:17

    This is the funniest book I have ever read! Seriously! I laughed out loud from the first chapter and as I tend to read during the night when unable to sleep, I seriously pissed off my partner by trying to stifle my laughter and snorting instead, waking him in the process. The downside, I had to go downstairs to read.This is a novel of dialogue and characters. I must admit I was not terribly keen on Paul, even by the end but the writing is so good it was hard not to feel empathy towards him. Not much of a plot, but as I said, a novel of dialogue and character.The language can be choice at times, but this it what makes the story so very funny. The banter between Paul and Sandy/Helena had me in stitches. It is necessary to appreciate the snarky humour of a certain type of gay man to appreciate the humour in this novel. A "feel-Good" story and IMHO, well worth the purchase.

  • Elspeth
    2019-04-04 03:16

    I read some reviews of this book, and I want to say wow, this is definitely a love it, or hate it book. So if you are easily offended DO NOT READ THIS BOOK, you will not like it, the main character is a bitch. I can see both sides of the fence, I see where people would be offended. The main character crosses society’s politically correct white line, but I can also see why.Like I said before Paul is a bitch; he is also at times shallow, proud, catty, vain, and very socially awkward. The author backs this up with the fact that before Sandy shook up his life, Paul was pretty much a shut in. Yes, he would go to Helena’s shows, but he stayed up in the balcony where it was safe from other’s judgment. With work, and family being his only other social outlets you can paint a pretty good picture on where he learned his social q’s, the oh so politically correct world of television. I hope you hear the sarcasm there, cause that last part was dripping with it.Paul works with his best friend Sandy, who sits in the cubicle across from him, so work is a safe place. When you have a best friend, especially a LONG time best friend, you almost have your own language; I speak from experience here. It’s safe to say if somebody ever heard some of my best friend, and my conversations we would be tarred and feathered, because they would miss the underlying sarcasm, and unsaid words. I mean it, especially if my husband is involved to fan the flames. Also I want to add this is all Paul’s inner dialog, and just like my friend said, we are damned lucky people can’t read our thoughts, damned lucky.So in saying this, did I like it when he placed a label on the lady at the hospice, no, but it would be something that somebody that learned social interaction from television and movies would do.Now I want to point out how the blurb about the book they say that Vince is dumber than a box of rocks, well I disagree. So what, Vince isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, but he isn’t stupid, what Vince is lacking is that quickness, the metal capacity to have just the right words ready for the perfect comeback, the sharpness of mind that catches every joke, trick question, or unspoken clue. Vince is a happy go lucky human Golden Retriever of a guy, no rocket scientist, but aware of people using him for his looks, and smart enough to know that, that isn’t what he wants anymore.(view spoiler)[Later in the book you find out that Vince died as a child, he drowned, and that can have lasting effects to the brain. You also learn that Vince compartmentalizes, this also could be effect of brain damage from drowning, or could just be how he survived growing up with an asshat for a father. (hide spoiler)]So yes I enjoyed this book, very much, I found the humor just the right mix of bitchy, and crass. P.S. Sex Face >.<