My dearest reader, be prepared for my review I’m participating with in the blog tour to Anna Martin’s extraordenary book The Impossible Boy.
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
This is not your average love story.
Ben Easton is not your average romantic hero. He’s a tattooed, badass, wannabe rock star, working in a perfectly horrible dive bar in Camden Town. His life is good, and he’s totally unprepared for how one man will turn it upside down.
Stan isn’t your average heroine. As a gender-fluid man, he proudly wears his blond hair long, his heels sky-high, and his make-up perfectly executed. A fashion industry prodigy, Stan is in London after stints working in Italy and New York City, and he quickly falls for Ben’s devil-may-care attitude and the warm, soft heart Ben hides behind it.
Beneath the perfect, elegant exterior, Stan has plenty of scars from teenage battles with anorexia. And it only takes the slightest slip for his demons to rush back in while Ben’s away touring with his band. With the band on the brink of a breakthrough, Ben is forced to find a way to balance the opportunity of a lifetime with caring for his beautiful boyfriend.
This blurb sounded so good and I wasn’t disappointed.
With a great sensitivity Anna Martin developed the topic and showed us how well a genderfluid character could get his book.
Stan is such a charming young man, I totally fell in love with him right from the start and I was sometimes a bit jealous of his pretty clothes and how he must look like in them. :3 I only say red lingery and furiously was searching for a fitting picture. :3
As a contrary to him there was the character Ben, a rocker-kind of guy, playing in an independend band which is trying to success, his “normal” job being a barkeeper. Ben is as natural charming as Stan, both are different but fit so well together. He never minds that Stan is loving wearing women’s dresses or other beauty products, neither is he disgusted, quite the contrary, he is totally astonished in a positive way and never saw anybody like stan before. You really could feel the feelings he had for Stan right from the start an I loved how well both fit together.
The first part of the book was very uneventful, it displayed the binding relationship between the both guys, and revealed a bit of Stan’s past.
The second part is the “darker” one, but though it was shocking in some parts it wasn’t that unexpected. At least it wasn’t out of character…
Stan and Ben have to go through a few rough times but it is so naturally displayed and the their affection and love so palpable you totally feel comforted and well with them. I had a great time reading the book and the charming minor character, for example Tone, Ben’s best buddy, improve the great book to its finest. :3
For this extraordenary book I can’t give anything than 5 out of 5 stars. I am fully aware not everybody will be as happy as me with the topic, with Stan as a character and maybe the events, but for me, everythng fits. :3
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Author bio – Anna Martin
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England and now lives in Bristol. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before turning her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), visiting friends who live in other countries, Marvel Comics, learning new things, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT Adult Fiction genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen/ Young Adult genre, Romance, and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; “My favourite books,” she says, “are The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.” She also several well-read copies of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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