Book Review: Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan (ARC)


Hold Me Closer by David LevithanAuthor:
 David Levithan

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Musical

Publisher: Dutton

Publication Date: March 17, 2015 

200 pages, hardcover

Remember that flamboyant, larger-than-life, hilarious character named Tiny Cooper from John Green and David Levithan’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson aka everyone’s favorite character? In Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Tiny Cooper writes a musical based on his life, from his birth, through his parade of 18 ex-boyfriends, and to finally accepting who he is and what he wants. Hold Me Closer IS that musical! How freaking cool is that?

Tiny is just as wonderful, funny, and thoughtful as he was in the novel where we first met him. His lyrics are emphatic and deep and silly. I wasn’t sure if I should expect Tiny’s musical was going to be a bit of a joke, more of a circus (I mean, there is a parade of ex-boyfriends) than an actual, real musical. But though it does have those silly parts, it was more serious than I was expecting, and I really appreciated that. It was emotional, upbeat, slow, and all of the things a real musical should be. Don’t get me wrong: Hold Me Closer does have its ridiculous moments, it’s unrealistic, larger-than-life moments, but that’s who Tiny is, and that’s why I love him.

Since the book doesn’t actually come with music, Tiny’s songs are more like poetry, and Levithan knows what he’s doing here. These songs could be touching and hilarious on the same page. Like Tiny says in his introduction, that’s how life is: “…it’s important to realize that the truth is sometimes quiet…and other times, it’s loud and spectacular. You don’t always get to choose which form it takes (ARC 1).”

The bottom line: I honestly want to see this one on the stage.

Rating: 8 – freaking fantastic

Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This is my first time participating in Waiting on Wednesday, so I thought I’d share a book I’ve already said I cannot wait to read. I’ve already read and reviewed a 5 chapter sneak peek, and OH MY GOODNESS, I CAN’T WAIT.

Isla and the Happily Ever AfterPublisher: Dutton (Penguin Group)

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Release date: August 14, 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Why I can’t wait:

I mean, do I really need to explain this one. I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, and I CANNOT WAIT to have Josh back. I also really like Isla as the narrator so far. Also, Cricket will be back, you guys. He’s one of my absolute favorite book boyfriends, so I’m ready to swoon all over again. Also, Annette from Booknerderie is going to come up so we can go buy the book and read it together. It’s going to be a fangirl party and I’m definitely looking forward to that.