Monday, February 4, 2013

Talker by Amy Lane 4/5 Stars

Talker (Talker, #1)Talker by Amy Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ebook, 96 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 31st 2010)
ISBN 1615815988 (ISBN13: 9781615815982)
edition language English
original title Talker (Talker, #1)
series Talker #1
setting Sacramento, California (United States)

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BUDDY READ

I was fortunate enough to get to buddy read this with fellow book blogger Giulia from www.devastatingreads.blogspot.com and also several other GR friends joined in and shared the experience with us. I think we chose the perfect book to buddy read. The characters were visual, the writing sharp and the story was charming.

Our extended discussion can be found on here:
Goodreads Talker Discussion

THE BLURB: Tate "Talker" Walker has spent most of his life hiding his scars under a bright punk facade, and until he sat next to Brian Cooper on a bus, it worked. But Brian has spent his whole life being the invisible man, and he's used to looking below the surface. What he sees in Talker is a fragile and lovable human being.Brian is outwardly straight, but Talker is desperate for love, and when Talker's behavior leads to some painful consequences, Brian is forced to come out of his closet-in dramatic fashion. He'll do anything to make sure Talker sees that he's the Prince Charming Talker has always needed.

THE CHARACTERS

Brian Cooper - Introverted, withdrawn and closeted, even to himself.


In fact, the only thing in his life that was complicated was Tate Walker, and he liked that all this simplicity gave him the strength to be exactly what Talker needed.

Tate (Talker) Walker - I had a difficult time understanding Tate. He's complex and completely exposed all at the same time. Fascinating.


So much of Tate was like a crumpled ball of brittle cellophane, transparent and broken.

THE STORY

Take two fairly dysfunctional boys, with rather unique character qualities and mix in a little coming out, an unhealthy amount of emotional angst and a dash (okay, a healthy dash)of sexuality and you have a recipe for...More Please.

THE WRITING

I'm beginning to develop an ear for Ms. Lane's writing style. She seems to jump around a bit and while that hasn't bothered me in her other books that I've read, it was a little off putting in this one. Giulia mentioned that this wasn't a problem for her at all, so maybe it was just me.

I do appreciate the character development in this story and the gentle voice with which it was told. Very nice.

Told from Brian's POV, I'm looking forward to finding out if we hear more of Tate's voice in the next book.

Thanks Giulia, Jessica and Quirkythrope you made this a fun weekend!!!
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