It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:
I want to see you.
He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.
David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.
Phillip offers redemption.
I will try to be as spoiler-free with this review as I can be, but, honestly, I never put spoilers in my reviews.
Now, here is the rub: I'm giving this book 4-stars for writing quality but I didn't actually like this book much at all. Olive Juice was like getting punched in the face.
Unlike some other reviewers, I knew EXACTLY what the plot-line was going to be right from the start. I'm talking at 5% in, my shields were UP. My shields were so high up, in fact, that I barely felt emotion during the story. I sort of recognized emotion from afar, but I had already removed myself to Pluto by that point.
Some things to know:
This book has absolutely no sex content in it.
It is angsty beyond angsty.
It is not a romancy-romance.
You only get one MC's POV.
It is interesting to me that I gave this book 4-stars yet I couldn't wait for it to end. I just knew that I wasn't going to get my neat, little, happy cherry on top, and I simply had to power my way through it. Pain on top of pain on top of pain.
Why this book merits a high rating from me is simply due to the writing. T.J. Klune is a truly talented author, and this book was meaningful and thoughtful and so freaking timely. Really, T.J. writes his guts out, and the book was lovely in the way that a heart-breaking poem is lovely.
Beautiful writing, but give me a happy T.J. book next, please.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Keep reading, my friends!