Title: Tell Me It’s Real
Author: T.J. Klune
Narrator: Michael Lesley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Paul Auster doesn’t. Paul doesn’t believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother’s homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.
Enter Vince Taylor.
Vince is everything Paul isn’t: sexy, confident, and dumber than the proverbial box of rocks. And for some reason, Vince pursues Paul relentlessly. Vince must be messing with him, because there is no way Vince could want someone like Paul.
But when Paul hits Vince with his car—in a completely unintentional if-he-died-it’d-only-be-manslaughter kind of way—he’s forced to see Vince in a whole new light. The only thing stopping Paul from believing in Vince is himself—and that is one obstacle Paul can’t quite seem to overcome. But when tragedy strikes Vince’s family, Paul must put aside any notions he has about himself and stand next to the man who thinks he’s perfect the way he is.
My View – Story:
Tell Me It’s Real was a very humorous story that touched on some very serious topics such as self esteem and self acceptance. Paul and Vince worked well together to show that you must first love yourself before you can accept someone else’s love.
I really enjoyed the story. It was well done and had great development. The characters interacted well and were likable. Paul’s family was great and Sandy/Helena was interesting. I hope he/she gets his/her own story.
I liked the way the author presented the thoughts in Paul’s head. He just word vomits and it is very funny. Sometimes it did get to be a bit excessive, but it enhanced the story and Paul’s likability. This was my first experience with T.J. Klune’s works and I was not disappointed.
My View – Narration:
I had a hard time with the narrator. Some of his voices were overly loud while others were very soft to the point I had a hard time understanding the character. Several of his voices were identical and he mispronounced words. It was a bit distracting. I did enjoy the female voices that were very southern belle and reminded me of Kevin Spacey’s character from “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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