Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ARC Review: Becoming Kerry by Lynn Kelling

From The Blurb:
Kerry Sanderson’s life is falling apart. He’s crushing himself to fit into the boxes others have put him in: dutiful son, good boyfriend, real man. But even the small rebellions he’s fought for himself—moving into a sketchy part of town and becoming an exotic dancer—aren’t giving him the freedom he needs. Ewyn Garrity, a security guard at the gay club where Kerry dances, has found himself in protecting others. Everyone thinks he’s straight, but Ewyn doesn’t fit into simple boxes, either. When he meets Kerry, he makes a not completely innocent offer of company after work. 
Ewyn and Kerry hit it off, each finding something he desperately needs in the other. But when Kerry is forced to confront the pain and self-doubt that keep him crushed in his boxes, he’s afraid that no one, not even Ewyn, will be able to love who he is when he finally, truly becomes Kerry. 
Novel (M/M, M/Genderqueer - See publisher's page for content labels.)

Karen's rating:

It's not quite the court of dissenting opinions here but...

I'm afraid I didn't quite make it to the 'oh-my-god-this-book-is-amazing' club either. First off, I want to talk about why even though this book didn't really work for me, I still think it's an awesome book and worthy of being read.

'Becoming Kerry' is surprisingly...well, surprising to me anyways, my first read by this author. I do actually have several of her other books and look forward to checking out more of her stories; after all one book is really only the beginning of the journey when discovering a new author.

First and foremost, there is a really good story here, and that story carries a powerful and worthwhile message; one that we all need to hear. To me 'Becoming Kerry' is about love and acceptance. It's about loving someone not in spite of who they are but because of who they are.

Kerry was an amazingly unique individual and so very deserving of someone like Ewyn to love her, and Ewyn was equally unique and deserving of love. Yes, he wanted to protect Kerry and keep her safe from the ugly in the world, but not at the price of her individuality. He wanted Kerry to be able to fully realize who she was, and for her light to shine and make the world a more beautiful place...we all deserve to be loved in this way.

There really was a lot about this story that I liked but for some reason things just didn't quite connect for me, and while I definitely admire and respect the story that the author was telling, I admit part way through I set the book aside and read something else, because I was a bit bored, but mostly frustrated there were things that I seemed to be repetitive, and so I decided that rather than DNF altogether, I would take and break and try in again. It worked, and I finished the book with more ease and I'm glad I did, I wanted to see Kerry get her HEA. She so deserved it, so even though 'Becoming Kerry' was more a case of reading the book than experiencing it. It was time well spent.

I admit for personal reasons near and dear to my heart books such as 'Becoming Kerry' mean so very much and are such an important part of the reading spectrum. So maybe this wasn't a 5 star 'rave-about-it-forever- story for me; it was still a story that I am so very grateful to Ms Kelling for having taken the time to tell Kerry's story.

Ms Kelling admits that she knew this book wouldn't please everyone, but her goal was to please Kerry, and I can't help but feel that she met her goal, and the fact that there is one more book out there for anyone who is questioning their sexuality and/or trying to define their gender to read and to maybe be able to say 'oh-my-god-this-is-me', so that they won't feel so alone or like they're a 'freak' but know that they are simply a unique and beautiful individual that the world needs...well, for what it's worth, Ms Kelling, that pleases me; it pleases me very much.

'Becoming Kerry' 1 star? 2 stars? 3 stars? all the stars? Who cares...what matters is how each individual connects to the story and what we're able to take away from it.


A copy of 'Becoming Kerry' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


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