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Wow, I don t know what to make of this I heard about it on NPR the commentator, a gay man, said he wished he had had this book when he was a teenager, because it would have told him he was not alone That seemed a good reason to read it.Dream Boy follows Nathan, a bright, delicate 15 year old boy, as he falls into a dreamlike courtship with Roy, an older, popular boy at Nathan s new school Though the sex never feels prurient, the novel is unrelentingly sexual I started to wonder if there was Wow, I don t know what to make of this I heard about it on NPR the commentator, a gay man, said he wished he had had this book when he was a teenager, because it would have told him he was not alone That seemed a good reason to read it.Dream Boy follows Nathan, a bright, delicate 15 year old boy, as he falls into a dreamlike courtship with Roy, an older, popular boy at Nathan s new school Though the sex never feels prurient, the novel is unrelentingly sexual I started to wonder if there was a single moment of Nathan s life when he wasn t obsessing about sex and then I realized that Nathan is a fifteen year old boy, so the answer might well be NO.What makes the novel so powerful and it is powerful is the haunting sense of doom that hangs over every moment sex is dangerous to Nathan in ways that I can hardly imagine, and his situation made me want to hurry up and finish the book before everything came crashing down The relationship between the two boys is poignant, confused, touchingly inarticulate, and haunted by the emotional and physical peril implicit in their bond The final denouement, which takes place in a haunted house, is both eerie and disturbingly concrete my conscious mind was going Wait, what happened there while some inner part of me was saying, I think I get it But I m still not sure I do.This is a very short novel, almost a novella but it s complex, lyrical, disturbing Worth reading Dream Boy is a good beginnng for a novel It s a decent outline But aside from an intriguing writing style, this book fails if only because there is no ending Actually, I felt extremely cheated and angry that the author would do such a thing First he manipulates us ruthlessly and plays on our emotions and for what To give us a book with no ending Either suggested ending is an unbelieveably trite The author should be ashamed of himself Worn out plot, brutal enough to make reading difficul Dream Boy is a good beginnng for a novel It s a decent outline But aside from an intriguing writing style, this book fails if only because there is no ending Actually, I felt extremely cheated and angry that the author would do such a thing First he manipulates us ruthlessly and plays on our emotions and for what To give us a book with no ending Either suggested ending is an unbelieveably trite The author should be ashamed of himself Worn out plot, brutal enough to make reading difficult and then absolutely no pay off And what about all of the missing material and answers to questions raised by the book What was Burke all about Why did the father turn from normal to brutal at some point in the boy s life What drove Roy Was Nathan gay because his father abused him And who is this this narrator An utter waste of time Muchaccomplished gay fiction out there whether you are looking for a coming out story or a story full of brutal challenges for young people Don t reward this author s barbarism at putting his readers through such trauma for nothing @Download Pdf ⚣ Dream Boy ç ALA Gay Lesbian Bisexual Book AwardIn his electrifying novel, adolescent gay love, violence, and the spirituality of old time religion are combined through the alchemy of Grimsley s vision into a powerfully suspenseful story of escape and redemption Jim Grimsley s wonderful book is conceived of facts and dreams.Its facts are disturbing and painful Nathan s abusive father, Burke s violent acts, the brutality of the very environment surrounding Nathan and Roy conjure up a setting where even the cracking of a floorboard or a light under a door could indicate the onset of violence and abuse But there are also dreams in Nathan s small world his encounters with Roy despite Roy s demand that they remain a secret are infused with tendernes Jim Grimsley s wonderful book is conceived of facts and dreams.Its facts are disturbing and painful Nathan s abusive father, Burke s violent acts, the brutality of the very environment surrounding Nathan and Roy conjure up a setting where even the cracking of a floorboard or a light under a door could indicate the onset of violence and abuse But there are also dreams in Nathan s small world his encounters with Roy despite Roy s demand that they remain a secret are infused with tenderness and a sense of wonderment and so are the frequent descriptions of the area surrounding their houses where the lake and the cemetery become places lost in time.The way Nathan silently compares the loving gestures shared with Roy with the heinous acts his father forces upon him and how he desperately tries to hide away his terrifying knowledge is simply heartbreaking.The novel focuses on small events a shared drive, a lunch at school, a walk in the woods, but all these occurrences take on the quality of a Southern Gothic fairytale The atmosphere is suspended, the prose sparse and soft like the carpet of leaves stepped on by Nathan and Roy in their nocturnal wanderings.I ve read the whole novel almost holding my breath as if a sudden noise or a crack in my focus could break the fragile spell cast upon the main two characters The ending, ambiguous but also full of hope, left me speechless Dream Boy is a powerful and amazing novel This was my third or fourth read of this magnificent book by Jim Grimsley This is the book I return to when I want to be inspired to write better This was my first reaction to Dream boy, in 2010, when I first read it Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley I read it in an hour and a half The apartment could have been engulfed in fire I couldn t care less I only wanted his words Only needed to turn the pages.It has been a very very long and lonely time since I ve come across such a kindred soul His wri This was my third or fourth read of this magnificent book by Jim Grimsley This is the book I return to when I want to be inspired to write better This was my first reaction to Dream boy, in 2010, when I first read it Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley I read it in an hour and a half The apartment could have been engulfed in fire I couldn t care less I only wanted his words Only needed to turn the pages.It has been a very very long and lonely time since I ve come across such a kindred soul His writing is in tune with a song I ve been humming secretly all my life If I could write a novel like that, I would die at peace with myself.I finished the book.Shut it close.Wept into my hands for five minutes.last night, I couldn t sleep and read Nathan and Roy s story again I savored every word It always leaves me aching This is a Southern voice at its best This is as powerful as Faulkner, and I won t take that statement back Nathan is a character I can t and will never forget The kind of character you think of in the last years of your life, and miss, and wish you d known in real life.READ THIS BOOK Such a brilliant gay fiction book This was my first gay romance book or gay fiction book, whichever you prefer to call it I fell in love with it the second I started reading it It didn t take me very long to read it, because I couldn t put it down, but partly because it was very short, too It was a very quick read And I also read it on my 15th birthday, which isn t really relevant but anyway.Jim Grimsley did an amazing job with Nathan He was a shy boy, but he had something inside It w Such a brilliant gay fiction book This was my first gay romance book or gay fiction book, whichever you prefer to call it I fell in love with it the second I started reading it It didn t take me very long to read it, because I couldn t put it down, but partly because it was very short, too It was a very quick read And I also read it on my 15th birthday, which isn t really relevant but anyway.Jim Grimsley did an amazing job with Nathan He was a shy boy, but he had something inside It was broken but it had the innocence of childhood Even when he took the lead I could see the childishness in him It was raw and beautiful to me and the detail in the book was exquisite We don t get a lot of gory details, but we can see everything and we know what s going on.My main issue with this book was how Roy treated Nathan It s not exactly a romance, so I guess it s why I was able to enjoy it as much as I did There was a romance of sorts in the book, but it sof a gay fiction book or a YA gay fiction book than an m m romance, which is what I usually read Still, I did think it was amazing and the writing really brought me in Many thanks to Sofia for buddy reading this with me I certainly wouldn t have wanted to read it on my own.This is a melancholy story, poignant, beautifully written but very disturbing Even the teen gay romance within its pages could not redeem it from the darkness and the violence within it Everything shimmered with the fragility of first love but shattered into pieces with the violence.And then the open endedness of the story did not allow for resolution and peace Although I suppose we can Many thanks to Sofia for buddy reading this with me I certainly wouldn t have wanted to read it on my own.This is a melancholy story, poignant, beautifully written but very disturbing Even the teen gay romance within its pages could not redeem it from the darkness and the violence within it Everything shimmered with the fragility of first love but shattered into pieces with the violence.And then the open endedness of the story did not allow for resolution and peace Although I suppose we can read into the ending what we will.I did look at some of the reviews about this book and I had to wonder.Am I the only person to acknowledge that this is a story about an abused child I was outraged by the adults in this book the abuser father, the mother who by her silence collaborated in this abuse and all those people who didn t see or perhaps couldn t have seen the abused teenager in their midst.I just couldn t get over the abuse It isn t portrayed in any detail but it is implied in the actions and words of the characters It hovers over the story like some malevolent spirit and that is the impression this story left on me.The abuse overshadowed the teen romance for me and it overshadowed it because I was outraged I didn t like this story even though I gave it three stars It left me disturbed and with far too many questions.But funnily enough I enjoyed the writing It was both poignant and beautiful but with the underlying theme of darkness, violence and abuse Right from the beginning I knew something was going to happen but for me the darkness when it came was not just from one person It was present in many of the characters.For me Nathan is the hero in this story The younger boy caught between the grip of his first love for another boy and the oppressive grip of his abuser of a father On the face of it this seems like a love story between two teenagers but I felt that Roy ,the love interest, was rather controlling and that his first overtures towards Nathan were bordering on grooming I know that the hiddeness of the relationship was probably about the fact that it was a gay relationship but the power differential and the way in which Roy had control left me feeling uncomfortable.But not as uncomfortable as the abusing dad There were clear signs of child abuse The fact that Nathan seemed to be sexually advanced and was sleeping with his clothes on in case he had to run indicated to me that he was abused by his father So Nathan was caught between two men his father and Roy, although his father was clearly the abuser His mother seemed to be powerless but still sympathetic towards her son but she did nothing She turned a blind eye to the abuse of her son I wanted to shake her What I want is justice And then maybe I would be happy with two teenagers who would be free from abuse and manipulation to explore their love That s my ending Rant over.I gave it three stars The writing is excellent, well worth five stars or , but I just didn t enjoy the story so I couldn t give itstars The story is very atmospheric The writing takes you to rural America where religion and ritual supposedly hold sway in the open but in reality is superficial because secrets and darkness hold sway behind closed doors And so for me this is a story with a dream like surface It is the kind of writing that reminds me of shimmering summer heat but underneath is the stuff of nightmares, utter darkness, desperation and horror The religion to me was part of the veneer of respectability and everyone knows full well how child abusers can remain hidden in the guise of respectability not just in church but in any responsible or prominent position in society So for me there were incredibly dark undertones I am not sure whether this is what the story is trying to convey or whether I am reading this through a 21st century lens of historic child abuse allegations and child protection procedures For people who work with children these can make us hyper vigilant which isn t a bad thing but can colour how we see things And so this is how I have seen the story Through the eyes of a professional who works with children and is trained to be alert to abusers and to the abused whether children or adults My dream for this story is that the mother would wake up and take steps to protect her son That the Father would be arrested and thrown in jail or perhaps have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea just as Jesus suggested for those who abuse children Mark 9 42 and that the bullying and violent teenager be apprehended and also dealt with by the law.I didn t like the ending because it left me feeling unsatisfied What happened I guess as a reader I am left to draw my own conclusion I dislike open ended stories I like at least a hint of the ending otherwise to me it feels a little like a cop out and I didn t get that ending here We are left to dream the ending for ourselves For me it seems as if Nathan was very much alive at the end or maybe he wasn t but whatever happened he gave Roy the chance to leave his small town where horror happens behind closed doors And Nathan whether alive or dead also managed to escape and move to freedom Whether alive or dead both boys were able to escape to freedom.And for that I am grateful.But I definitely will not be watching the film I am still under impression of this book Since the moment I read the last page I have thought about it all the time You will find a lot of reviews on this book here, both negative and positive And I agree with both As for me, I liked this book Really liked And you shouldn t believe reviewers that the book is worth of reading or it isn t Just read it yourself and decide view spoiler The only thing in this book that left me uncertain if I liked this part or if I didn t is the ending I k I am still under impression of this book Since the moment I read the last page I have thought about it all the time You will find a lot of reviews on this book here, both negative and positive And I agree with both As for me, I liked this book Really liked And you shouldn t believe reviewers that the book is worth of reading or it isn t Just read it yourself and decide view spoiler The only thing in this book that left me uncertain if I liked this part or if I didn t is the ending I know that I am not the only one First I couldn t understand what it was I thought a lot about it I guess the ending of the book is something everybody must decide for himself I think the MC has died and what happened to him after is some kind of his personal heaven or that is how people who belong to each other meet after death But as I am the person who doesn t believe in life after death, heaven and miracles, there is nothing good at all in the ending of the story For me he is just dead He was a bright boy, whose father raped him whose mother ignored him whose boyfriend had a girlfriend while he and MC were secretly seeing each other who was raped and killed by another boy and that s all He is dead That is his life That is what life can be for some people.Some people see this other way Good for them hide spoiler The book impressed me but I am sure not going to read it again I guess I will remember it very well all my life.P.s I am sorry for my English I am not a native speaker I hope my review is clear enough to understand my thoughts Powerful silent imagery Grimsley uses the third person present to tell us this story So even though we are getting Nathan s point of view, a distance is still created between us and him and him and his world This distance mirrors the same distance that Nathan needs to be able to survive what he has been through So with this writing tool Grimsley puts us in the picture by making us feel the distance, the silence, the invisibility, the loneliness, the wariness The distrust Nathan feel Powerful silent imagery Grimsley uses the third person present to tell us this story So even though we are getting Nathan s point of view, a distance is still created between us and him and him and his world This distance mirrors the same distance that Nathan needs to be able to survive what he has been through So with this writing tool Grimsley puts us in the picture by making us feel the distance, the silence, the invisibility, the loneliness, the wariness The distrust Nathan feels is even transmitted in our view of Roy We know Roy through Nathan, and like Nathan I wanted the relationship, Roy, to be something good but like Nathan I could not fully trust that he would not hurt him either.Again Grimsley uses his words to create the surreal feel of the last third of the book This surreal feeling left me unsure what to think, what to believe He leaves the ending open to different interpretations My preferred take is the one I m going to try and take with me view spoiler what if what happened after Burke found them was a dream Maybe losing Roy at that moment brought back the memories Nathan strove so hard to supress and his Dad and Burke got all mixed up in a kind of nightmare After all he always saw Burke as a violent antagonist So his going back would be a kind of a win as he could have decide to end it there Roy making a choice at the end between church girl and Nathan also opens up possibilities I don t know where they go from here everything is possible hide spoiler It s not the kind of story which makes you happy, because it touches ugly things, this notwithstanding I found it excellently crafted I admire how Grimsley gave a silent voice to Nathan which I heard loud and clear All in such a short amount of pages.BR with Ije here here and Ira offline Such a beautiful, deeply emotional, poignant and touching piece of prose Jim Grimsley s writing is magical Nowords, let the book talk to youSmith nailed it Such a beautiful, deeply emotional, poignant and touching piece of prose Jim Grimsley s writing is magical Nowords, let the book talk to youSmith nailed it.