Diese Rezension schreibe ich auf Englisch, da ich das Buch von der englischen Seite von NetGalley kostenlos bekommen habe und die Rezension dort auch veröffentlichen werde – und keine Lust habe, es zweimal zu schreiben.
This review will be in English, because I got the novel from the english site of NetGalley for free and want to post my review on there, too – and I don’t feel like writing it two times.
Author: Francis Gideon; Published: 2016; Publisher: Less Than Three Press; Number of Pages: 78; Genre: Romance, LGBT+, Fantasy; Price: eBook: 2,99€
My Rating: 6/10 Points (3/5 stars)
„When Justin’s best friend drags him to a track meeting, Justin thinks he’s just going for the distraction. Having been dumped by his girlfriend, and still in the closet as bisexual, running allows him to forget about his problems. Everything works out—until his mother donates his favourite pair of sneakers to the local charity.
As Justin tries to find his old sneakers, he stumbles on a pair of identical running shoes—and learns too late they are simultaneously cursed and enchanted by the virtues of anger. Now, stuck in a sudden vortex of rage and passion, Justin is forced to trust Vipin, the only person who seems to have answers to his many questions.“
This quite short novel is a very cute story but also has some very interesting insights in the LGBT+ community. The main character, Justin, struggles with not having told his family about being bisexual and the misunderstandings of this sexuality. But the main story is about him meeting Vipin by accident and falling in love with him and how their relationship evolves – fueled by Justins anger, which is conjured by his cursed shoes.
I felt that their relationship was evolving a bit too fast, that their feelings were too strong for knowing each other so little, and in general it all just happened very quickly. Also I felt like I didn’t really get to know Vipin. I think it would have been positive for the story if everything had been given a bit more time.
But anyway, I liked it. And apart from Justin and Vipin it had some interesting stories around them – Justins best friend, them wanting to join the running team, Justins family and especially his sister – she has to be my favourite character – and even so for quite some time now, taking other books into consideration as well. She appears very briefly (unfortunately), only two (?) times in the whole story, but she is great.
Conclusion: A nice love story, very fast, would maybe need some more time – but for the length it has it’s good, cute and well-written.