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5.0 out of 5 stars A coming out page turner!
It all seems like a fairy tale. The central character, Jeremy, gets to live with his wealthy relatives while his mother is in rehab.
A world with endless possibilities opens itself to the 17 year old handsome sporty boy, who begins a journey in discovering himself and piecing together his family history.
Fun, entertaining, witty, it is not easy to put the book...
Published on 22 May 2011 by OC

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3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and often funny but plotting could be better
Engaging even though the plot contains some holes and features a remarkably feeble criminal mastermind. Characterisation tends to the stereotypical, with a filthy-rich great aunt who sounds like she’s been copied from thirties Hollywood, but the main figure and his butler-guardian are attractive. The stock bitchy girlfriends have some brilliantly unexpected lines,...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A coming out page turner!, 22 May 2011
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It all seems like a fairy tale. The central character, Jeremy, gets to live with his wealthy relatives while his mother is in rehab.
A world with endless possibilities opens itself to the 17 year old handsome sporty boy, who begins a journey in discovering himself and piecing together his family history.
Fun, entertaining, witty, it is not easy to put the book down. If at times the story seems a bit rushed, the entertaining value makes up for it.
A thoroughly good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whew! Worth the Money, 12 April 2011
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M. J. Saxton (Dewsbury, West Yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Hang on - it's a rollercoaster! Well worth the ride, though. If you like your fiction with a soap opera slickness and speed this is a book for you. A page-turner for definite.

It's got it all: rags to riches hero, glamorous backdrops, boozy Mom, Father dead under mysterious circumstances, rich Aunt and Uncle who are not all they seem, lots of teenagers having a good time and sorting their problems, embezzlement, murder, and lots of romance and sexual confusion. Don't think I missed anything there.

Jeremy makes a great hero: having seen his mother through one alcoholic crisis after another, he escapes when her last relapse lands her in rehab. Aunt Katherine and Uncle Bill and a new High School may be the answer to all his problems. He's keeping a secret, though, he thinks he may be gay. It takes encounters with glamorous Reed, handsome Coby, and the inimitable Carlo to sort this one out. Then there's the problem of his eighteenth birthday when he inherits money from the family Trust. Is he going to make it that far alive?

A couple of deaths and a nasty beating, none of which are accidental, begin the race to the climax.

Nick Nolan has written some great supporting roles here - he learnt his trade from the American soaps of the 80s onwards - Katherine is the matriarch par excellence, a woman to be worshipped for her class and style (and her own little secret). Reed and Ellie are a brilliant teenage twosome, sassy, witty and attractive. They have some great lines and don't miss out on the emotional heart-rending. Coby - just naughty and handsome, he just can't resist getting what he wants as opposed to what he needs. Carlo, who is working out his identity in the face of his father's hostility and is basically just a nice guy.

And Arthur, an excellently executed father figure and mother hen rolled into one, ex-Marine and now something else which I won't reveal because it will spoil the climax, but he's not just a butler.

There is a serious point under all of this and Nolan makes it very well, sexual confusion is not just a personal development thing, it is influenced in all sorts of ways by all sorts of people. It is a minefield, but can also be part of an enriching journey. Well done to this author for the engaging way he presents the story, all the better for being in a populist mode.

It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who like a well-written, racy novel it's a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great story, 20 Mar. 2014
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a story of a young man finding his sexual feet.
the story is well told with quite a few twists and turns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read, 4 Jan. 2014
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an engaging read which had me shouting at the characters although i didn't guess its secrets. the pinocchio links passed me by although i enjoyed reading about them after!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strings Attached, 17 Dec. 2013
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I did not realise that this was a book about gay people but I must say that it was well written and the emotions well expressed and to be quite honest I really enjoyed this book, well worth the read
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good read, 9 Dec. 2013
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It had me from the beginning with the dark humour and realistic, relatable characters. There was a good mix of drama and intrigue, and had me laughing out loud in some parts. It flowed well and I will definitely be checking out the author's other books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 1 Dec. 2013
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This is an interesting if some what implausible story. \I enjoyed the twist towards the end. Look forward to reading another Nick Nolan novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read with interesting twist, 14 Aug. 2013
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easy reading ideal for the hols, kept you interested right till the end. Also the prologue linking to the story of pinochio very clever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good little read, 17 July 2013
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Very easy to read, got through it in a few hours and even downloaded the second before I'd got half way finished
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRUTH WILL OUT, 6 May 2011
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So far, so bad. Jeremy was two when his father Jonathan was killed. For the past fifteen years he has lived in squalor with an alcoholic mother now needing rehab. Suddenly salvation - an offer from Great Aunt Katharine to stay in her luxurious Californian home. Too good to be true? Could be. She loved his father as a son and determines to remould Jeremy in his image. Jeremy seems forever destined to be a puppet manipulated by others. Then there is the problem of his sexuality....

The novel's success owes much to the sheer likeability of Jeremy himself. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome but extraordinarily well-adjusted. Many would have gone astray in those appalling early years or had their heads turned when all at once surrounded by wealth. Incredibly he seems to take everything in his stride, except for that ever-increasing inner turmoil. Initially he is in denial he could be gay, but gradually comes awareness.

Characterization throughout is strong - nobody one dimensional, many capable of surprising. In fact, scarcely anyone is as they seem. His mother has more going for her than at first appears. Great Aunt Katharine, outwardly so formidable, has really never recovered from the loss of Jonathan. Schoolmates, too, are well depicted - Reed and Ellie with amusingly bitchy repartee, athletic Coby with a hidden agenda, gay Carlo coping well despite his scathing dad.

Even if this were all, the book would be a good read. But there is more, much more - a fine murder mystery! Villainy is afoot, and has been from the very first page. Jeremy himself could be an eventual target. Ahead lie major revelations. The grand climax a tad melodramatic? Perhaps so, but revenge is sweet and this one enormously satisfies.

Not all is perfect. The Pinocchio allusions at times seemed a little laboured (especially that "when you wish upon a star" connection). The main point works though. No puppet, Jeremy, but one destined unaided to stand on his own two feet.

Despite reservations, five stars are awarded. The novel appealed far more than expected - always involving and, once or twice, very moving indeed.
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