Saturday, September 5, 2015

Book Review: The Invasion of Tork by Claire Davis and Al Stewart


Blurb:
Adam is cool, intelligent and drop-dead gorgeous - all the guys tell him so! When he is forced to start voluntary work at the local homeless shelter, all he worries about is keeping the clients well away from him and finishing the placement as soon as possible. Until he meets Tork.

Tork is clever and funny. He makes origami models and reads Dickens. Tork has green hair and makes Adam's heart race with longing. But Tork is homeless and not at all impressed with Adam's attitude.

Can Adam see past his fear and arrogance? Can Tork give Adam a chance? Can two such different men turn the world upside down and find out what really matters? Read to find out their story.


Dani's rating:




This one's a tearjerker and a hopebuilder. I've come to expect no less from Claire and Al's stories, which always evoke all the feels.

Tork is a beautiful young man with green hair who's crazy smart and kind and polite. And also homeless, constrained by survival rules of his own creation.

Being in Tork's head was scary and exhilarating and sad, so fucking sad. I wanted to know much more about him, including how he ended up on the streets in the first place.

It's not that hard to fill in the blanks (nearly half of all homeless kids in the States are LGBT, and the statistics are probably similar in England), but Tork is an enigma. Some of his thought patterns pointed to mental illness, but that issue was not raised.

Adam is much less endearing. MUCH. He's arrogant, shallow, and conceited, and I wanted Tork to like someone else. I'm not sure Adam did enough, and he never won me over.

But the story did. Beautiful writing. Hopeful ending.


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