This is the third book I’ve read for Bookalicious Babe’s 100 Book Challenge for 2011.
Book Number: 3
Author: Timothy Conigrave
Back Cover Synopsis: Sometimes there are second acts. When Timothy Conigrave falls in love with the captain of the football team, John Caleo, the two embark on a passionate journey of love, betrayal and forgiveness.
My Thoughts: I follow actor Simon Burke, who starred opposite John Barrowman in La Cage Aux Folles and owns the adorable Erik, on Twitter. When he tweeted that he had a part in Holding the Man and that it was based on the book of the same name, I had to investigate. When I read the synopsis, it sounded like something I’d really enjoy. I love a good love story — and this one was true!
Yeah. In reality, I didn’t enjoy the book. In fact, I didn’t finish it. I got about halfway through it, and I just didn’t feel like going on. I think it’s my problem rather than the book’s problem. It’s a memoir, and I find that kind of writing a little disjointed. And the main character is a teenage boy. I didn’t understand teenage boys when I was a teenage girl. I apparently haven’t changed much in that respect because I just didn’t get him — or like him or care about him.
The book won the United Nations Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction. So lots of people out there obviously like it. But I’d suggest reading the first chapter or so before you buy it to be sure.
Next up: Night Chills, by Dean Koontz.