Speedbump

Speedbump Ezra Cook Is Sole Caregiver To Older Brother Tray, Who Was Diagnosed With Early Onset Alzheimer S In His Forties They Live Outside The Small Town Of Drop, Oregon, On Property Tray Bought With His Microsoft Settlement Money For Years, Ezra Has Been Going On And Off Low Doses Of Testosterone To Maintain A Comfortable Level Of Androgyny Ezra Spends Most Days Juggling Tray S Needs And The Work Required To Survive In Rural Oregon On A Small Income, Ignoring Their Own Needs, Especially Companionship And Sleep.Ellred Red Long Escaped Drop At Seventeen But Returns To His Hometown In Disgrace After His Band Dumped Him On The Streets Of LA Coming Back Doesn T Seem Like Such A Dead End, Though, After He Sees A Guy Walking Along The Side Of The Road In The Rain And Gives Him A Lift.Ezra And Red S Chance Meeting Begins An Uncomfortable Friendship Neither Had Expected, And Both Allow Fear To Keep It From Escalating Into A Hookup, Or Worse, A Romance Red Never Meant To Return To Drop And Doesn T Want To Get Stuck There Again, While Ezra S Protective Walls May Be Too Strong To Breach, From Either Side. I went into this really excited for two reasons I love, love, love Charli Coty s books, and I was thrilled to see one about a non binary AFAB assigned female person in a relationship with a man This is, after all, my life The book left me with mixed feelings There were things I thought were wonderful, and things I wasn t sure how to process
. Book received from Netgalley for an honest reviewI had really high hopes for this because the premise sounded interesting and I thought I might learn something about other types of sexuality As it turns out, dumping a non binary character into a book doesn t not necessarily make for engaging reading Ezra s truck breaks down one evening and Red, disgraced rock star, stops to offer a lift Red is immediately attracted to Ezra, and apparently vice versa For over half the book they probably only Book received from Netgalley for an honest reviewI had really high hopes for this because the premise sounded interesting and I thought I might learn something about other types of sexuality As it turns out, dumping a non binary character into a book doesn t not necessarily make for engaging reading Ezra s truck breaks down one evening and Red, disgra
This is a bit of a hard book to review Not because the content or even the level of writing, but because I am just so very flummoxed about why I was unable to connect to this story.Ezra Cook really should have had my attention from the get go Living a life somewhere between male and female but also of both of them at the same time they were certainly someone I expected to relate to from the start But Ezra s standoffish nature born of being kicked out of their parent s house at 18, as well as This is a bit of a hard book to review Not because the content or even the level of writing, but because I am just so very flummoxed about why I was unable to connect to this story.Ezra Cook really should have had my attention from the get go Living a life somewhere between male and female but also of both of them at the same time they were certainly someone I expected to relate to from the start But Ezra s standoffish nature born of being kicked out of their parent s house at 18, as well as having lived a life trying please everyone, pleasing no one, and struggling to find a balance that felt natural to
I really enjoyed this book The prose is beautiful and evocative, and the use of setting was really well done I almost felt like I was in Drop the details were so specific and well drawn.But of course pretty words alone don t make for a good book Fortunately, the characters are also very good Ezra is understandably very guarded, but that vulnerability is endearing It s no wonder that they have such loyal friends And Red is a good romantic foil someone who is willing to take risks and I really enjoyed this book The prose is beautiful and evocative, and the use of setting was really well done I almost felt like I was in Drop the details were so specific and well drawn.But of course pretty words alone don t make for a good book Fortunately, the characters are also very good Ezra is understandably very guarded, but that vulnerability is endearing It s no wonder that they have such loyal friends And Red is a good romantic foil someone who is willing to take risks and feel things deeply.What you aren t going to get from this book a huge, swooning romance I really liked the way Ezra and Red eventually came together, but the book is very understated and just as concerned w
Life has a way of leading us right where we re meant to be, even if it s the last place you wanted to end up Red is running from his past but ends up in his home town and can t wait to get back out Ezra s running from their own too but they d be happy if their past could leave them alone to settle happily in Drop Neither of them were looking forbut what they found could mean their ultimate happiness But only if they can find courage, happiness, and acceptance within themselves first.Th Life has a way of leading us right where we re meant to be, even if it s the last place you wanted to end up Red is running from his past but ends up in his home town and can t wait to get back out Ezra s running from their own too but they d be happy if their past could leave them alone to settle happily in Drop Neither of them were looking forb
DNF at 13%I stopped reading this book because hiding this because it deserves a trigger warning for discussion of non consensual euthanasia of a disabled character view spoiler the MC thinks that if he were a better brother, he would take his brother to the woods and shoot him, simply because he has Alzheimer s I don t know how I can root for an MC that thinks his brother is better off dead because he s ill, and that he s weak for not just killing him I don t think I can stomach a book DNF at 13%I stopped reading this book because hiding this because it deserves a trigger warning for discussion of non consensual euthanasia of a disabled character view spoiler the MC thinks that if he were a better brother, he would take his brother to the woods and shoot him, simply because he has Alzheimer s I don t know how I can root for an MC that thinks his brother is better off dead because he s ill, and that he s weak for not just killing him I don t think I can stomach a book that presents this as a caring merciful thing to do, especially as there are no indicators that th
I really enjoyed this unique story I loved the way Ezra s genderfluidity was handled and the connection they had with Red right from the beginning I m usually not a fan of instalove but the way their relationship played out worked here I m a fan of character driven stories, and there is a great cast of characters, including Tink, Brett, and Tray Early onset Alzheimer s is something talked about in romance novels, and it added a layer of emotion and interest to the story My only complaint is I really enjoyed this unique story I loved the way Ezra s genderfluidity was handled and the connection they had with Red right from the beginning I m usually not a fan of
4.5 Stars Author Charli Coty tacklesthan one sensitive subject in the release of the novel Speedbump Having multiple bisexual characters, one of whom is transgender and non binary as well, creates an interesting dynamic in a rather gritty novel about second chances I could write paragraphs about the character of Ezra alone and still not fully realize the many layers of this fascinating person While Ezra may physically appear as a female in transition, there is muchto their per 4.5 Stars Author Charli Coty tacklesthan one sensitive subject in the release of the novel Speedbump Having multiple bisexual characters, one of whom is transgender and non binary as well, creates an interesting dynamic in a rather gritty novel about second chances I could write paragraphs about the character of Ezra alone and still not fully realize the many layers of this fascinating person While Ezra may physically appear as a female in transition, there is muchto their personality than just the gender dysphoria that has plagued them for years Admittedly, Ezra does not always take the testosterone they ne
Speedbump was the very first book I requested to read on NetGalley Unfortunately, the only way to review ARCs is to read electronically but it s in my own personal taste to have physical books and that is a reason why it took me a while to pick up the book.However, I was very interested in reading a story dealing with LGBT characters as well as ones that are dealing with home issues such as a brother dealing with Alzheimer s disease I believe that the writing was well written and easy to g Speedbump was the very first book I requested to read on NetGalley Unfortunately, the only way to review ARCs is to read electronically but it s in my own personal taste to have physical books and that is a reason why it took me a while to pick up the book.However, I was very interested in reading a story dealing with LGBT characters as well as ones that are dealing with home issues such as a brother dealing with Alzheimer s disease I believe that the writing was well written and easy to get a hold of The only disservice to the writing is that I found that a word was used for writing in one character s POV and then was used again in the side character s POV which made me think that the character was not separated from the others or that the author simply forgot the character s voice.The positive to the writing was the characters They were all different in their own ways and even though they w
I m always trying to read outside my comfort zone, sometimes this is around the need to be informed as well as entertained, the blurb intrigued me and I wanted to readHowever, it has left me a little confused and struggling to understand why this is a romance is it a romance Ezra Cook, a non binary AFAB assigned female at birth takes regular shots of testosterone to be androgynous between male female although throughout the story, it ishe she than they Ezra is the so I m always trying to read outside my comfort zone, sometimes this is around the need to be informed as well as entertained, the blurb intrigued me and I wanted to readHowever, it has left me a little confused