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The Youth & Young Loves of Oliver Wade: Stories

The Youth Young Loves of Oliver Wade Stories What makes us who we are Is it life s big milestones that propel us from childhood to adulthood Or are we made of all the little memories that have a way of standing in for so much A green eyed boy on

  • Title: The Youth & Young Loves of Oliver Wade: Stories
  • Author: Ben Monopoli
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • What makes us who we are Is it life s big milestones that propel us from childhood to adulthood Or are we made of all the little memories that have a way of standing in for so much A green eyed boy on a subway platform might be how you remember a breakthrough A pair of worn corduroys might be what you remember of your first love A coffee cup in a blizzard might bWhat makes us who we are Is it life s big milestones that propel us from childhood to adulthood Or are we made of all the little memories that have a way of standing in for so much A green eyed boy on a subway platform might be how you remember a breakthrough A pair of worn corduroys might be what you remember of your first love A coffee cup in a blizzard might be how you remember your best friend The sound of a dial up modem connecting The wet stems of lily pads in your dad s hands A spiral of hairs on a cheek The outline of keys in a pocket Blue paint under fingernails Fireworks on a summer night These details are like pulses, like heartbeat spikes on the cardiac line of memory In the twelve stories in THE YOUTH YOUNG LOVES OF OLIVER WADE, Ben Monopoli shows us these pulses in the life of our narrator Ollie as he grows from age thirteen to twenty eight Pulses that define who Ollie is, and ultimately who he ll become A stand alone companion to THE PAINTING OF PORCUPINE CITY and THE CRANBERRY HUSH.

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    1. There's this particular line in the book which talked about having these big moments in life where no amount of words would be enough to give them justice. I think conjuring that particular line is a good way to start my review because I just had a big moment myself after reading this book. And words would not be enough to show how this book really means to me. But for the author, I sure am willing to try.If you've read The Painting of Porcupine City or The Cranberry Hush, you'd know that Ben Mo [...]

    2. 5 stars for this heart-tugging coming of age storyI devoured this book in less than a day. After finishing Painting the Porcupine City this morning, I had to find out Ollie's story. And wow I gave 5 stars to Porcupine City but this was even better. This story spans 15 years, following Ollie from his early teenage years to age 28. It's a book that's made up of 12 stories -- a cohesive montage of some of the defining moments of Ollie's life: his closeted teen years and his unrequited love for his [...]

    3. "This was the tragedy of growing up a closeted gay boy: you've had no practice when it matters."If I will ever be sure a story feels too close home to me, it'll be this one. I started reading M/M romance because I needed to relate to the characters. To follow their stories as they go through paths similar to mine. Half of this book I was "OMG this is me" and the other half was "OMG this could really be me". So I should say Ollie Wade is the character that got as close to me as any could. And I l [...]

    4. This is fiction, but it doesn’t feel like fiction. It feels like a memoir. Ben Monopoli’s narrative of the shifting drama of Oliver Wade’s life is gently, insistently powerful, exposing every awkward, painful, and beautiful milestone in the maturing of a young gay man.Monopoli has arranged the book ostensibly as a series of short stories; but as I read it, it seemed increasingly seamless in its layered presentation of Ollie’s life. With each move forward, references to earlier episodes k [...]

    5. You should read this book if you remember what it’s like to be young.So the author made a book trailer and it’s kind of perfect. And writing this review I asked myself, why should anyone read The Youth and Young Loves of Oliver Wade?The answer is because it’s real. It is achingly authentic to life. Our big moments growing up aren’t necessarily the milestones we celebrate, like senior prom, high school graduation, getting a college degree, getting married…The real moments happen in betw [...]

    6. I.HAVE.WORDS. This book is a small jewel. I love it so much, soooooooooooooooo much! The only thing I cannot understand is WHY it has not yet literally showered with LITERARY awards and nominations. --> You are acquainted with Ben Monopoli’s works and like them? You MUST read it.--> You read already one of the author’s books but did not particularly enjoy it. You HAVE to give this book a chance. You’ll change your opinion. --> You’ve never read anything by Ben Monopoli? REALLY?! [...]

    7. In as much as this lays out vital moments in the discovery of Oliver Wade's nature from age 13 to 28, it is in essence a "coming of age" novel, but that is not how it comes across. There are none of the usual high-school tropes (bullying jocks vs. nerds; the footballer who turns out to have a secret, etc indeed, only the first few sections are set at school age). The structure of the title suggests a collection of short stories, and I suppose that's how the book was conceived, but don't be put o [...]

    8. Another home run! I tried to read as slowly as possible to make it last as long as possible. Like other Monopoli's books, this one was just too damn good to hurry!

    9. It took me all day to manage to come up with words for this wonderful collection. I made the mistake of reading most of it during downtime at work, and had to go hide to regain my composure more than once. Ben has a marvelous way of tapping into the universal human emotion beneath the story he's telling. Whether or not you've experienced what Ollie is going through in any of these stories, you'll feel every bit of what he does. And it's a lot. Heartbroken, happy, lonely, awkward, accepted, whate [...]

    10. 4 stars. Ben is a good friend of mine,so I'm always a bit scared when I start one of his books, because how awkward would it be if I didn't like one?I'm glad to say that I enjoyed yet another one of his works. This was a really cute and creative short story collection that I flew right through. Another thing I loved was the OCD representation! Ben doesn't have OCD himself, but someone close to him does and you can definitely tell that he did a lot of research and really cared about the represent [...]

    11. How do you tell a story that spans fifteen years? The obvious choice would be to concoct a sprawling narrative, with multiple points of views and layers and layers of detail. But there's nothing obvious about the The Youth & Young Loves of Oliver Wade: Stories. Instead of sprawl, we get glimpses-little meta moments. You know the ones I'm talking about; they end up shaping who we are as a person. That first unrequited (worse still, undeclared) love, fumbling through sex, the friend who matter [...]

    12. Absolutely blissfulI was sitting in a geography classroom 5 minutes from the last bell. A Friday. The class was going absolutely wild. And I was nearing the end of the book. The screaming, like the fireworks for Ollie and Fletcher, felt silent to me. And as a hush fell over the room, and the teacher yelled at the class, I got to the last page. And the teacher stopped yelling. And the room was truly silent. And as I read those last two words, the bell rang. And I was just happy.You know?

    13. I guess Ben Monopoli, whatever he writes, will always have this small corner of my heart reserved only for him. Everything I could've written in this review I have already said about his other books Please, do keep writing, Ben!

    14. There's a special place in my heart for books that really capture the experience of being gay and adjusting to that. There are people that assume that it's a flipped switch, that one day you're suddenly okay with the way that you are, but also with how you've been. I think this book does an amazing job of showing how it really is, because there are always obstacles. It's an unfortunate truth of the world we live in. But in reading this book, reaching the end, there's hope that you can carve out [...]

    15. This is a really sweet coming of age story. There's the awkwardness of the teenage years, the angst of growing up, that feeling of not being prepared to be an adult It's all beautifully written and I'm pretty sure most people will sympathize with Oliver. I'm a straight woman and while I was reading I had definitely the feeling of "this could've been me". If you've read "The Painting of Porcupine City" you might think you know where this book is going. Until it doesn't and you're thrown out of th [...]

    16. Ben Monopli Just "Gets It"After reading Cranberry Hush and seeing a crabby review of it, I decided to write a glowing review of my own. That still stands. Then I read Painting Porcupine City and felt just as overcome by it, but it had a sad, sort of open-ended ending that left me wanting more of Ben's writing, so I looked into this Oliver Wade story. Oliver gets introduced at the end of Porcupine, and I hoped reading about "Ollie" might give a clue about the end of Porcupine. Oliver Wade is a se [...]

    17. It's a little disingenuous to label Ben Monopoli's new novel as m/m. It's not about romance, really, it's more in the tradition of queer coming of age stories and it instantly found a place among my favorites. Oliver Wade is something of an everyman, and I'm sure every gay man reading this story will find moments of familiarity in his experiences. Homosexuality is something of a shared experience. Everyone has a story of coming out, some more painful, some easier than others, but it's always the [...]

    18. How do you review a Ben Monopoli book? By accepting the fact that no matter how hard you try to sing it's praises you won't do it justice. I accept that. But, I will still do my very best. Like all of Ben's books The Youth & Young Loves of Oliver Wade is utterly unique! It's a colorful rainbow in a bleak black and white world. I don't know how he reaches inside so deeply and pulls out every feel there is. He makes you relate to the characters. I found myself understanding Oliver Wade. I unde [...]

    19. Where is the Ben Monopoli fandom?All his books are beautifully written and so relatable.Would definitely recommend this to anyone.Note:By the way it's not necessary to have read porcupine city previously. I didn't .

    20. Another great story from Ben I love being part of the world Ben has created with his books. The characters and events feel so real and accessible and relatable. And always provide insight to life.

    21. Totally forgot to review as mark this one as red (sorry Ben x.x)I'll upload my review as soon as I have the time, but I loved this book so so freking much and I'm still stuck with that R.E.M. playlist.

    22. This book is beautiful and brilliantly written. It had me crying over and over. It's also interwoven with at least two of the author's other books, which are also well worth reading:

    23. The Youth & Young Loves of Oliver Wade is the first gay-themed book I ever read and hence it was always likely I would find it special. What I didn't expect was for it to become one of my favorite novels ever, one that brought me to a screeching halt multiple times so I could gaze at the pages in wonder. The reasons for the stops are thus: 1) What I'd just read was incredibly relatable and I couldn't believe the author had captured the thought process, the nuance, and the emotion so well in [...]

    24. Oh my good Lord. I can'tI think I'm gonna cry. I'm so glad to be alive and read this. T.T================================I didn't expect that I'll be reading this again soon. I felt bad about the review I gave the last time: it didn't give it much justice. Then again, no amount of words can give this book what it deserves. So here I am trying to give The Youth and Young Loves of Oliver Wade a proper review.I appreciate this book. It is in present tense because I know the appreciation won't stop [...]

    25. I have no words to describe what a wonderful book this is. I truly enjoyed it from cover to cover — each and every line, the characters, R.E.M the beautiful language — everything.

    26. Darn you, Ben Monopoli! Again with a book that is not possible to put down!Coming of age novels are generally not my taste - been there, done that and not interested in reliving. However, because this was a Ben Monopoli book it was not possible to resist. And what a reward! Oliver Wade jumps off the pages in scenes that are full of life and love and tears and joy - Ollie's journey will spring back in memory for a long time. Much like Painting of Porcupine City, the characters are rich and flawed [...]

    27. Oh Ben Monopoli, you did it again. You made a grown-up cry. And I pretty much never get emotional over fiction, so there it is, a compliment of the highest value. These stories were so nicely paced, the flow of words so beautiful, that I stayed up all night because I just felt forced to finish the book. It was funny, and touching, and so relatable - who hasn't felt, "this is it, the real thing" until it's over and something better comes along? That's youth and young loves, folks. I can't wait to [...]

    28. Oliver seems like a real guy! His experiences as a gay, average student, middle school kid were so identifiable in the first chapter/story that I was convinced his path to adulthood would be believable too. As a gay man born at the end of the baby boom, I've wondered about how gay Gen X men navigated the world. How was it different and how was it the same as for those of us a generation earlier? This book gives some insight.Beautifully written. A quick read.

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