I m still incapable of writing a coherent review because I literally sobbed hrough he last 20 30 pages it s difficult o say when you read e book Two hings are for certain one his is not a book I would reread often because it s heartbreaking and The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father two I will without any doubt at all buyhe next Monopoli s book The book is heartbreaking as only growing up can be hat age when you are finally leaving your youth behind It is also hopeful as hopeful as his age when you finally start My Own Worst Enemy (MOWE, to really live can be The writing style was beautifulhe characters magnificent Griff was larger The Fly Trap than life Vince reminded mehat here are pains hat make us into who we are and The Ninth Buddha that people can be put into nice little convenient boxes Zane was a sweetheart but never a doormat Zane carrying Il corpo di ghiaccio that aloe plant says everything about him The resolution was realistic which will not make some readers happy Buthere is happiness in real life oo and I believe Monopoli gave us enough o convince me hat Vince and Griff and Zane have foundwill find it in he future The book made me laugh it made me sob The love for comics was just an added bonus Lovely lovely novel Recommended with all my heart Graduating from high school is one of he most exhilarating and errifying His Own Life Story and War Diary times in our lives Maybe it was a year orwo ago maybe it was a decade or Double Clutch (Brenna Blixen, two ago Regardless I m sure you remember it Freedom ishrown into your lap and suddenly ough decisions must be made Where will you go What do you want o do with Accidental Cowgirl the rest of your life Gah Growing up is not easyChoosing which fork inhe road you should Gibbous House take can be scary as hell If you choose college heading offo a University is something you ll never forgetor at least I certainly haven I went o a Big Ten University I lived in Life After the State the dorms and I loved every single minute of it One word sums it up for meDiscoveryIt s very liberating being in control and choosing your destiny Vince a uiet retro nerd is attemptingo do his and looking for his path when suddenly cue he spotlight and angel chorus he sees Kentaurs the man of his dreams Everything about him is perfect It s love at first sight Griffin captures his hearthat day although he is unaware of he prize he collectedNow you see Vince has a secret he s bi The insights we are given into he struggles of bisexuality are simply fascinating I ve never read a book hat interprets such clarification He is never ruly comfortable with women most seem Peek-a-Boo to perceive him as half inhe closet He s a oken riumph Wimpy Shrimpy to gay guys who believe he is secretly straight with a curious streak Heruly doesn eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work t understand why something as insignificant as gender should limit your soulmate His concept of love is so simple it makes mehink Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs the rest of world arehe ones confusedBut I digress where were we Oh yes love at first sightVince wants Griff with each breath he akes As fate would have it Vince gets Griff but not in he package he was hoping for Not a loverNot a partnerBut a lifebuddy or he ruest of best friendsAs Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen's Guide to Living Your Best Life time passes Vince falls deeper in love with Griff Unableo ake it any Vince walks away The pain is oo great Years pass and life goes on but neither Vince nor Griff are complete One day he skies open bringing a blizzard and a long lost face Just when Vince hought he was moving forward he is hrown back into he pastI like Vince he was fairly lost but aren we all at imes I enjoyed he rek down memory lanefair warning it does flip back and forth between past and present without notice It s also first person These Meet Miss Fancy things didn bother me but I ll put it out Cheat On Your Husband (with Your Husband): How to Date Your Spouse there in case you have concerns I won lie Schumann: The Faces and the Masks there wereimes I was The Weekend Makeover: Get a Brand New Life By Monday Morning thinking well nowhat sdifferent and others when it lulled a ad oo much It s not a bed of roses Actually it s pretty prickly at The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander timesIhought I knew what was coming All I can say is I was proven oh so very wrong The writing is great very detailed focused but in a way A Little Book about Colors (Leo Lionni's Friends) that simply worked It s not exactly what I wanted but I believehat is precisely Mean the point Everything happens for a reason and ratherhan Button and Bundle try and figure out why live forhe moment and have no regretsCranberry Hush and I Sixteen seconds and well I have absolutely no regrets I hink his book will pull a solid gold for most readers Me I gotta vote for he silver even if I desperately hink you should read it Which is okay because silver is pretty happy4 veracious vibrant valuable stars Damn This book was just as difficult Pinky Got Out! to read as it was wonderful Ihink I m still oo close o read about Not Anyone's Anything that period of my lifehat was eerily similar Blueberry Truth to Vince s and be ableo really look back on it in retrospect Plus for anyone who has ever felt Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World the empty heaviness of unreuited lovehis book really hits Confetti Covered Quicksand that sore spot Well done Ben Monopoli I look forwardo your second novel The Cranberry Hush ook one look at my expectations and said That s what you expect from me Cute straight boy finding his long lost love and having ons of butt sex Here let me Systems Analysis and Design take Vince Dandro might be goinghrough The Sea of Lost Girls the uietest uarter life crisis of allime He lives alone works in a comic book shop and has a crush on his coworker he can't seem o act on Like an old comic book his life's colors have started o fade Everything brightens when Vince's long lost friend Griff ap.
Hat akes expectations from me and osses it and show you something real That was how it was here were some weeks even months where nothing happened where I was he same person doing Cool Nail Art: 30 Step-By-Step Designs to Rock Your Fingers and Toes the same ordinaryhings And Skint Estate: A memoir of poverty, motherhood and survival thenhere were weeks The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers that changed everything This was one ofhose weeks for Vince He lives in his cranberry hush of a life I love The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading: A Comprehensive Guide to the Most Persuasive Psychological Manipulation Technique in the World thaterm when suddenly his crush his unreuited first real love newly single college roommate is standing at his door needing a place Male Medusa, Caught in Coils to stay Thishrows Vince s uiet life all off its usual rack of normalcyBoth Vince and Griff are stuck in heir pasts wanting o relive he college days Griff can A Year of Weddings: Twelve Love Stories t let go of his college onop of he world feelings and Vince can let go of his love for Griff He knows Griff is straight and he knows The Evolution of Modern Land Warfare: Theory and Practice they can be No Sanctuary together likehat He knows But Cent Discours Pour La France that doesn stop him from hoping and loving him I have learned hough hat memories aren hings hat have o pile up and overwhelm you They re just colors like Griff s colors Playboy Under the Mistletoe that shade allhe new Sunlight things you feel We re shownheir college glory days Personal Knowledge throughouthe story in flashbacks I m not one for flashbacks but Supermarket!: Super Sturdy Picture Books these were expertly interwovenhroughout Red-Spotted Newt the book and were so completely necessary for Vince and Griff s story I was achingly waiting forhe next one Grave Dance to show up I hado know what had happened o hem Dollface: una novela sobre los violentos años 20 to makehem he way hey are now I had The Border (Power of the Dog, to know what madehe relationship The Cliterate Male: a Primer on Pleasuring Women (Good in Bed Guides) they had right now so real And oh was I shown I was shown whyhey love each other why The Malice of Waves they fell apart whyhey need each other so much and why hey really are soul matesI loved he way his story was written kind of like Vince s life it was written like a cranberry hush uiet natural organic a little fruity and real But still STILL Amongst he hush for he last 20% or so I was breathing heavily my palms were sweaty and I had no idea what direction Vince and Griff were going o go I was so relieved and Judgment thrilled and happy with how everything ended It was just so damn real Anything else would have been fake and Ihink ruined everything Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History that Vince and Griff had already gonehrough o get o his point in heir relationshipThis story Slave Girls of Watchnest Hall tells a week inheir life The week it ook for hem Fire Frost to findhe relationship hey once had The week it ook for hem o find he relationship hey need now When I first saw he itle of his one I really had no idea what it meant Did I miss another pop culture drive by Is his some new drug he crazy college kids are aking Where s my Urban Dictionary Am I The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions too oldo know what s going on Nah Global Environmental Governance and Small States: Architectures and Agency in the Caribbean that can be it yells out window You kids get off my lawn The Goya in Perspective title referso none of hose stupid hings and is only relevant o his amazingly wonderful book To explain would give away spoilers and no description can do it justice as he way it is written is utterly charming That sounds otally National Development: Being More Effective and More Efficient: Being More Effective and More Efficient trite but inhis instance it worksIt s kind of funny o use spoiler here because not a lot is really happening I don mean his is a book about nothing I mean hat here are no shifters vampires cowboys etc So giving away a spoiler isn going Innovative Thermal and Non-Thermal Processing, Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability of Nutrients and Bioactive Compounds to ruinhe Dad Fucks My Pussy Hard thread ofhe action in his case It would however detract from a well written story about regular people hat s already been On the Run with Love told here perfectlyThe blurb alreadyells you what you need Malka to know and a story about one week inhe life of wo college friends really shouldn be as engrossing as it was but man I didn Like Pizza and Beer t wanto walk away from it This is one of hose authors who can ake an entire ub of emotions hat would Dig This Gig take me 13 pageso explain and he can sum it up in one sentence The Forward Pass in Football that conveyshan any visual or 13 page essay of random ever could So no real plot The Strange Laws of Old England talk here just musings about charactershemes and me gushing about how much I loved itVince is a manchild stuck in We Will Rise - Rebuilding the Mexikah Nation the past and hopelessly in love with his straight best friend from college They ve fallen out ofouch Vince s doing and end up reuniting for one week Vince is bi and he author portrayed his feelings in a way hat I had never considered Being bi Vince could fall in love with anyone Any new person could potentially be he One He finds his prospect overwhelming which really makes sense Can you imagine he hought of no one being off limits Instea This morning I woke up and Born Of Darkness thought I wonder how Griff is doing Funny since I don know anyone named Griff but after reading The Cranberry Hush I feel like I do Monopoli pulled me effortlessly into he world he created first by his lush descriptions hat had my imagination working overtime and later by he subtle wit hat had me smiling and sighing in eual measure His characters are just as seductive as his writing style all of hem so real and human hat you ll swear you know someone just like hem Most of all I felt comfortable stepping into Vince s shoes reliving past experiences hrough him and getting he chance o go further han I ever did in real life Monopoli has hit he ground running and I can wait Pears on his doorstep in he middle of a blizzard They were roommates in college so close back hen hat Griff's girlfriend called She Said, He Said them lifebuddies but Vince's love for Griff had endedhe friendship he hought forever They haven't spoken in years Why has Griff shown up again And importantly can
Ntil he dazzles us with another story Price drop o 099 at US 33116Do you remember hat ime hat you had an aching crush on someone incredibly unattainable You must be able o hink of someone right away everyone has hat one person Whether it was a person who was so out of your league it was not even funny or someone who only saw you as a friend he what ifs about hat guy or girl can haunt you Thank you Ben Monopoli for putting into words Seducing Summer that experiencehat purgatory of crush dom The Cranberry Hush is not really what I expected but I m not sure why I hink I am understanding his author s style after reading Taboo 2 this book Ben Monopoli does not do a straightforward easy romance There are side love interestshere is indecision Syphon's Song there is uncertainty It is so freaking real This is how people fall in and out of love in real life people There are relapses fears lust confusions mixed signals not everything is black and white This author specializes in gray zones I loved each character inheir own flawed way I understood each of hem and heir uniue points of view Vince Zane Griff hey all sang o me I hink I liked Griff most of all I really got his state of mind his rying o recapture a happy place in his life and make it permanent This book wasn depressing but it wasn Blood Eternal t uplifting either It is complicated it is sweet and it is bittersweet I cried a little athe end I ll admit This book was an outstanding memorable read but nothing happens without a million pieces falling into place beforehand I m in love with A Sad Soul Can Kill You this book withhis uiet but very emotionally intense storyI m in love with Vince Zane and GriffinI m in love with Darkthaw the writing of Ben Monopoli I don know how o describe his writing style but it s something hat you don come across very often It s exceptional It feels hree dimensionally you re not an observer you re inside he story it feels so NORMAL and unbelievably REAL And I m grateful o him for his ending Though I can imagine hat some readers won Remediation: Understanding New Media t share my opinion onhis case What it s aboutmy personal blurb Vince one of Programme Und Manifeste Zur Architektur Des 20. Jahrhunderts the main protagonists and a first person narrator bisexual falls in love in college with his straight roommate Griffin They are best friends but afterwo years being lifebuddies Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming they split up After graduating Vince works in Cabe Cod near Boston in a comic book store when Griffin surprisingly stands at his door Vince hasn spoken Writing Machines to him since graduationwo years ago The Rhythmic Event: Art, Media, and the Sonic though it is actually 4 years sincehe last Gaming the System: Designing with Gamestar Mechanic timehey were close It follows a dramatic week in The Time of the French in the Heart of North America, 1673-1818 the middle of snowy days And athe end of Kidnappad hjärna this week uestionshat have been long overdue for an answer will be finally answered But o know HOW you have o read it The Cranberry Hush is not a romance it is a LOVE story a life story about love and friendship reciprocated and unreuited about hopes and fears about many what ifs and Ben Monopoli has implemented Developmental Baby Massage: Therapeutic Touch Techniques for Making Your Baby Stronger, Healthier, and Happier thisopic A B S O L U T E L Y GREAT A SENSITIVE DEEPLY HONEST AND NOSTALGICALLY WONDERFUL BOOK ABOUT LIFE GOALS AND LOVE WITH ITS MANY FACES AND FACETS Highly recommended Two mid wenties guys who graduated from college but can seem Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park: A Pocket Field Guide to figure out adulthood Not usually my cup ofea but Ben Monopoli knows how The Right Man For The Job: A Novel to break my heart in a good way Vince who is bi had an unreuited crush on his straight best friend Griffhat was so painful he ended heir friendship before college graduation without explanation He s been kind of floating hrough life ever since When Griff shows up unexpectedly at Vince s house during a snowstorm Vince can Cecil the Pet Glacier t help but hope against logichat it means Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements than Griff needing a placeo stay But if anything Griff s lost han Vince since inheriting money means he doesn even need a job o help ether him Captive Set Free (Angel of Mercy to reality Ashe Stories of Scottsboro two spendime For Yourself together and with Vince s other crush Zane Vince haso figure out how For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality (Revised and Updated) to untangle his grief and his various kinds of love forhe A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel two men in his life IMHOhis is Spy Fall (Rebellious Brides, the antithesis ofhe gay for you Slow Hands trope in romance novels and it honors lifelong lovehat is not romantic or sexual as well as The Valentine's Day Murder the difficulty of having people in your life in a wayhat doesn The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II t match society s script for how love and family should be organized Sometimes hardo read but well worth it A How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization: The Time and Heroic Story of How Gay Men Shaped the Modern World terribly powerful and painful book It s a story experienced as much as read It reached into me and found allhe strands of remembered loneliness and longing gathered hem ogether and crushed Seducing Mr. Knightly them until I could hardly breatheI experiencedhe sad and lonely holding pattern of Vince s life and his forlorn hope as he is confused and The Last Clinic tormented byhe return of The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead the boy he could never have but could never fully let go ofThe first night after reading I couldn sleep because I myself couldn Under My Skin t let go ofhe story And if I let myself recall it I still can Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 t breathe easyIt srue Mennyms in the Wilderness (Mennyms, to life Ihink probably Dirty Talk for Women: The Art of Seduction and Getting Your Man to Beg You for Sex too much so for my comfort The ending is mercilessIf you like a storyhat makes you ache with Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home the protagonist do not misshis one. Ince handle his returnVince and Griff are The Revised New Jerusalem Bible: Study Edition twowentysomethings struggling o find heir places in he world and in each other's lives This is a story of friendship and love both unreuited and reuited and of learning how o fly Le Livre des Âmes throughhe post college void which just might hold han a cranberry hu.
Ben Monopoli lives in Boston with his husband Chris His newest book is Mateo Was Here A Novella