Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

4 Stars

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Come on! Don’t tell me you didn’t see this title and get that tune stuck in your head too.

First things first: If you have not yet read Will Grayson, Will Grayson this book will make zeros of sense to you. Do yourself a favor and check out the magic that in a Green/Levithan combo.

If you have read Will Grayson, Will Grayson you should already be in love with Tiny Cooper . . .

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This is his story - told as a giant musical production . . .

“What is life if not a series of loud and quiet moments shuffled together with some music thrown in?”

And oh what a story it was! On the scale of zero to cavity, this one ranks right about here . . .

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Such a lighthearted telling of one young man’s coming out and search for love. Tiny takes you through his entire life and his emergence as a “big gay butterfly” . . .

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There are no broken hearts here, no tears, no real bullies – just quote after quote of life lessons that every kid should know . . .

“Mom and Dad can no more make me straight than they can make me short. There’s this thing called biology and it’s calling the shots. Mom and Dad realize this. Others do not.”

“It’s always easy to blame other people for holding you back. But sometimes, the only person hold you back is . . . well . . . you.”

“No relationship should rely on you blocking out the world. The world will always get in.”

“Don’t do what you don’t want to do. Ask yourself that simple question: Do I want to do this? If the answer is yes, go for it. If it’s anything but yes, don’t.”

I could have quoted nearly the entire book. David Levithan I want you to be my life coach! Your little story proves that. . .

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Another little piece of my heart was taken when Levithan shared what it truly means to be religious if you were raised in Illinois . . .

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Tiny Cooper . . . what a star!

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Recommended to everyone who believes that someday their prince will come . . .

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