By Jeff Walsh
Easier With Practice is one of those movies that is impossible to review on a gay site, especially for someone as spoiler-adverse as me.
Because the distributor sent me this with another title, and I didn't even bother to read about it in advance, I just converted it so that I could watch it on my iPad and review it on the plane to or from Hawaii. And, for 90 percent of the movie, my thought was "Why did they send me an interesting, albeit seemingly heterosexual movie?"
In the back of my mind, of course, I thought, "The only way this would be a gay movie is if..." and, of course, that is what ends up being the case. So, we have a gay movie that is sort of a twist gay movie, except to review it on a gay website almost requires you to tell people the twist, so that it actually seems like a gay story.
The question I have, of course, is... if you watch this movie based on knowing it will eventually be a gay movie, even though it doesn't seem like it for most of the film and, because of that knowledge, figure things out in advance that you otherwise wouldn't or shouldn't, is it still a satisfying movie?
And I don't know the answer to that question.
"Strings Attached" by Nick Nolan is a great story of how a closeted teen's life changes and he becomes a man (see review below).
We have three copies of this book to give away. One grand prize winner will get a signed copy, and two others will win copies of the book, as well.
To enter, send me a private message with a subject line of Strings, before July 6, and you're entered. Only one entry per member. And, of course, if you enter, you have to be Ok receiving a gay book in the mail, obviously.
By Jeff Walsh
Nick Nolan's "Strings Attached" is a fun beach read of a book. I can safely say that, as I read it on a beach all day today. But seriously, this novel starts out like your typical gay young adult novel, but then adds a lot of additional layers and metaphors to make it an even more compelling read.
When the book starts, Jeremy has to call 911 for his drunk mother, who almost died... again. He ends up living with his aunt, with whom his mother had a falling out after the death of Jeremy's father. This aunt is incredibly rich, with butlers and a huge mansion overlooking the ocean. In short order, Jeremy goes from poverty to posh.
As you know is a gay young adult novel, you start lining up all the things that will likely happen, and most of them don't. Or few things happen as you initially suspect. If anything, I'd go as far as to say Jeremy's awakening about being gay, while integral to the story, is less dramatic than the family drama around which it is set.
hey guys...my name is James and im 13...i live in NY and I want someone to talk to my age. if u are near my age plz talk to me
So I'm new, big fucking deal. Wow - That was a real thought-out entry.
im 14 and just resently found out I'm gay. I was just like OMG I just totally undressed that guye with my mind, and that's how it's been. I'm out to all except my parents (even though im sure they've guessed). Does ant one have any addvice on the gay world or how to tell my parents. Its greatly appriciated. Thanx.
(Love Peace And Chicken Greas)
Writing has become an extremely self-conscious exercise of late. Used to be a day couldn
I went out with Will, I don't know if I have said anythign about him lately. We only dated for 3 days. The convo we had that we started going out:
Tasha: R u still going with that Ella girl?
Will: No, why?
T: just wonderin
W: do you like me?
W: why do you want to go out with me? for sex?
T: lol...I can get that from others...j/k I don't know. I just like you.
W: Ok, I will go out with you. when do you want it?
I have been working on oasis all day .. which is good .. even though I have been reading documentation for most of the day , I do feel i've gotten quite far today =) .. plus i learnt some 1337 new tricks =)
i met another gay web designer party animal my age (who didnt fall down an ugly tree i'll tell you that) .. and then .. on top of that i got a top of the range queen size bed. (fit for a princess.. and please.. no pea cracks.. i have heard them all.. including the one about the tea drinking lesbians)
I need to go sleep now.. mmmm .. sleep
I was in Old Town last night ('cause that's a huge change in what I do with my Fridays...) and I saw my ex-boyfriend who is currently a student at UCSB. However, it was forseen. I was at papyrus and I opened a "Worst Case Scenario Guide to Sex and Dating Handbook" Address Book and by pure chance came to E which was "What to do when you confront your ex."
I walked outside and there he is in the three dog bakery.