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The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Sprecher: Michael Crouch
Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 9 Min.
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Lambda Literary Award finalist for the best LGBT YA novel of 2018.

A raw, powerful, but ultimately uplifting debut novel perfect for fans of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe from debut author Angelo Surmelis.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Panos doesn't know where he fits in. His strict immigrant Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment. His quiet, workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict. And his best friend, Henry, has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer. 

Tired, isolated, scared - Evan finds that his only escape is to draw in an abandoned monastery that feels as lonely as he is. And yes, he kissed one guy over the summer. But it's Henry who's now proving to be irresistible. Henry, who suddenly seems interested in being more than friends. And it's Henry who makes him believe that he deserves more than his mother's harsh words and terrifying abuse. 

But as things with Henry heat up, and his mother's abuse escalates, Evan has to decide how to find his voice in a world where he has survived so long by being silent. 

This is a powerful and revelatory coming-of-age novel based on the author's own childhood, about a boy who learns to step into his light. 

©2018 Angelo Surmelis (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Mitreißend und bewegend ohne klischeehaft zu sein

Eine wirklich beeindruckende Geschichte welche nicht abtriftet in ,wie allzu oft, Stereotype und Klischees.

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So heart-breaking but real good story!

Pull out all your tishues you've left at home, and lean back for this roller-coaster ride.
Truthful, heartfelt and so real you don't know you want to keep listening to it...
Thankfully it has a happy end ( - i won't thank god for it... After listening to this story though)

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Gripping and terrifying

Over all this is a great story. The narrator is amazing, the characters are deep (enough), the style is lovely to follow and yes, the story does have a, more or less, happy end.

Which I mention, because when I bought the audiobook I wasn't prepared for the amount of violence and child abuse I would witness. Just take this as a warning: it's an amazing story, but if you get triggered easily by too much hurt and violence, you should think twice before emerging yourself into it. While I think it's important to learn of stories like these, it doesn't have to be through a whole, very detailed novel, if it's too much for you.

And a little critique I want to add: the abusive outbursts get a little repetitive throughout the book. Basically everytime a scene between Evan and his mum begins, the outcome is foreshadowed and it ends in abuse. Which might be realistic, but tends to be a little too much and boring, with similar stuff happening 10-20 (or more) times in the novel.
On the other hand, the (non graphic) love story is barely visible, which results in an unbalance.

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  • 24.08.2018

wow

this was such a raw and hurtful read but also so so great and important