Friday, March 21, 2014

REVIEW: The Rainbow Blindness

Modern Relationships:
The Rainbow Blindness
By: DB Allen

Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publication date: 2.12.2014
Pages: 80
Amazon link: The Rainbow Blindness

Date read: 3.15.2014
Recommended by: Silky Oak Press (Read 2 Review)

Summary: What do you do when you discover you’re not the person everyone thought you should be?  Your parents. Your friends. Your town.  How can you be yourself, when you don’t understand who you are? And how do you describe the beauty of a rainbow, when you’re the only person who can see it?

The Rainbow Blindness is a novella about self-discovery, love and loathing, set against a background of great beauty and looming darkness.

Drew’d seen this new guy around. Kieran was his name. Melbourne guy. A fellow loner. Spent lunchtimes in the library or down in Ms Gibberson’s art studio. Word soon spread. Rumours became fact. Marcus Carty and his mates had already thumped Kieran up a week or so ago. He was new. He was quiet and shy. He was arty. They decided he was probably a pillow-biter. So they beat him up.

Drew knew what it felt like to be on the end of those fists. What it was like to be an outsider. You could pretend you didn’t care, but there were always times when you did. When it hurt. When you wondered why the hell you weren’t like the rest of them. He felt Kieran’s hip brush against his, as the taller boy sat, and each time Dunzie wound the bus into another bend in the road. Subtle contact. Warmth. Something like a promise. Kieran was a handsome young guy. Strong, in his way. The kind of man Drew would see in his dreams. He felt nervous. 

My thoughts

This isn't my usual kind of book, but a few months ago I read the first of this series after the publisher sent it to me and I really liked the first story, so I decided to go ahead and give this one a chance too.

Kieran moves to a small town with his mom, worried about how they would treat the new guy, especially since the new guy is gay.  Drew comes from a very religious family - and he's scared and confused about the secret feelings he's been having.  When they meet, everything changes.

A love story between two young men, one who has come to grips with who he is, the other who hasn't.  On one side happiness, on the other side, religion that leas to mixed emotions, guilt and fear.  And, as always, there are people that hate and in this small town, things are no different.

DB is a really great writer, very eloquent and really makes you feel what the main characters are feeling.  I was a little worried about this one, but he does an amazing job and it's a very clean romance, which are the kind of romances I prefer. The hatred they had to take from other kids in their school is really a sad - and sometimes scary - thing.  In the end, things work out for them, though not like I had expected. 

Great job, DB. :)

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