Review ~~ Honesty by Seth King
“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.
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Honesty. I am unsure if there is possibly a better name for this book.
Just as Seth’s 3 previous books have been, he has given us a piece of him. Actually, with this book he has given us more than just a piece, he gave us his soul. This book is a book that honestly, I believe every person could learn from. From the first chapter all the way to the beautiful Author’s note, we are learning. Learning from Cole & Nicky. Learning that life isn’t always fair but we are learning everyday, how to live, how to go on, how to battle against the world and the hatred many harbor in their hearts.
In this day and age, it’s so sad to find that many people think it’s their place to tell us who we can love, where we can show affection to those we love and what’s wrong and right. But as we know, our beliefs are not everyone else’s belief. My hope would be that someone would read this book and find a new “normal”. Who we love is no one’s business, it’s our God given right to fall in love.
These young men spent their times together, hidden away. As reading I wanted to find Cole, give him a hug and maybe even shake him a bit. He allowed himself to be hidden, to feel shame for loving who he loved. It honestly broke my heart, he deserved so much more but didn’t believe he was worthy.
I wished I could be strong enough to demand the love I knew I deserved but I wasn’t, I was too afraid that without him, I’d be nothing at all.
And Nicky, this poor young man, he wasn’t sure who he was, what was right and the turmoil in his life was absolutely heartbreaking. I wanted to yell at him one moment and hold him the next.
Their relationship was a rocky road but deep down their friendship and love was beautiful. They needed each other, and maybe what is was was all that was meant to be.
You’re the closest thing I’ve ever found to heaven, and I want to live in that heaven while I’m still on Earth.
Just another beautiful book by Seth King. Again, he has done it. Seth has captured my attention with his beautiful words and story and I am honored he let me have an early look at his book.
**Ironically I finished this book 1 year (almost to the day) since I read The Summer Remains**