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.
This will be a completely spoiler free review. It'll also be short because I want to make sure it stays spoiler free. My advice would to be to stay away from spoilers of any kind before reading this book. The emotional impact will be so much greater and more meaningful if you just let the story unfold as you read it.
I didn't know much about Olive Juice before I read it. Just the blurb and TJ's blog post, so, you know - not a lot. I didn't know what to expect.
When I started reading, I could tell it would be heavy. That, even though it's fairly short, I would still feel all the feelings. How could I not? This is a story written by TJ Klune, we're talking about here.
So whatever my expectations and thoughts were as I started reading, the story still turned out different. And there were tears. I didn't ugly cry, but it was close (I'm a cold hearted bitch). I wanted to ugly cry though, I really did (I am also a touch stubborn).
Olive Juice is a bit bittersweet. It's about two men finding their way. It's about love. And life. And uncertainty. It's about holding on and letting go. And love. Did I mention love?
Dammit, TJ, I still want to cry. I guess your job is done. I can hear you cackling from here.
ARC of Olive Juice was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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