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Absolute Brightness
     

Absolute Brightness

4.7 11
by James Lecesne
 

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From Academy Award-winning writer, actor, and activist in the LGBTQ community comes a groundbreaking story about love, prejudice, and being yourself.

“This complex, illuminating and beautiful book reminds us we have to look for the light even in the darkest corners.” —Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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Absolute Brightness 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Leonard Pelkey doesn't fit in anywhere. His mother has died, leaving him with Phoebe's uncle, now his legal guardian. But Uncle Mike has plans to go to Mexico to invest in cattle. So Phoebe's mom, Ellen, arranges for Leonard to come and live with them in Neptune, New Jersey. But Neptune isn't ready for Leonard. Saying Leonard is a bit outrageous is being optimistic. Phoebe and her sister, Deirdre, treat Leonard as an unwelcome house guest, going so far as creating a living space for Leonard in the basement surrounded by filled cardboard boxes.

But this doesn't stop Leonard from going full-steam-ahead with his life in Neptune. He infuses himself into Ellen's beauty shop business, and slowly, the old ladies that frequent the shop start to subtly change under his tutelage. Phoebe's mom finally starts taking an interest in her appearance again. He even gets Deirdre to drastically change her style.

But Phoebe feels left out. Leonard is showing an interest in making over everyone but her. Why does he not bother offering her tips? Then again, Phoebe has done nothing but give him a hard time ever since he moved in.

But one night, everything changes. One day he doesn't return from Drama Camp. With the help of Detective Chuck, Phoebe and her family begin a long journey to find out what happened to Leonard. During the days of the investigation, Phoebe begins to acknowledge to herself that she misses Leonard and regrets all that happened between then.

As the story reaches its climax with the revelation of Leonard's disappearance, the main characters reveal secret that have been festering within Phoebe's family for years.

Mr. Lecesne writes a harrowing story of how a community can react to someone who comes off as different. Leonard infuses joy in all he does, and only too late does Phoebe realize the effort that Leonard put into showing the world such a positive face. The story is heavy, but very moving. I did feel that there were a couple of plot lines that were put in that were left dangling. But none of them were vital to the outcome of the story.

Mr. Lecesne leaves the reader guessing as to Leonard's sexual preference throughout the entire book. But the reader doesn't have to know one way or the other, because there is more to the story than the issue of sexual orientation. ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS brings to mind the story of WHAT HAPPENED TO LANI GARVER by Carol Plum-Ucci. But Mr. Lecesne brings his story to a definite conclusion, unlike Ms. Plum-Ucci's story, which leaves the reader guessing at the end.
BlahKH More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few weeks ago, and it was funny, and emotional. I thought it was fantastic, it combined worry, humor, and a little bit of mystery all in one... i liked it a lot, and i would recommend it to anyone.
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MakoBaby More than 1 year ago
Okay this book is the best book , in my opinion is it as good as the whole twilight series. This author should make a part 2....Please please please make a part 2 and 3. I love it a lot and I just finished reading it, lol. It was a story that would stick in your mind forever and it is very very very different which is very great because it is unique unlike all the books that copy bestsellers. This is truly the most wonderful book, it gives you things that could happen to many people. I feel that this should even be a movie so if anyone wants to read it you should. THIS IS ONCE AGAIN THE BEST AND WELL WRITTEN BOOK I HAVE READ NEXT TO THE TWILIGHT AND OTHER OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS AND I AM SUPER PICKY. YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK. Also I am not screaming I was just trying to bold out the words. Okay so it is a great book so please consider getting it. The characters are unique, funny and interesting. I love how you feel like you are in the book yourself. Well hope you enjoyed my review , Thank you.
MakoBaby27 More than 1 year ago
Okay this book is the best book , in my opinion is it as good as the whole twilight series. This author should make a part 2....Please please please make a part 2 and 3. I luv it a lot and I just finished reading it, lol. It was a story that would stick in your mind forever and it is very very very different which is very great because it is unique unlike all the books that copy bestsellers. This is truly the most wonderful book, it gives you things that could happen to many people. I feel that this should even be a movie so if anyone wants to read it you should.THIS IS ONCE AGAIN THE BEST AND WELL WRITTEN BOOK I HAVE READ NEXT TO THE TWILIGHT AND OTHER OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS AND I AM SUPER PICKY. YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK. Also I am not screaming I was just trying to bold out the words. Okay so it is a great book sooo please consider getting it. Thank you and P3AC3.
ultimatepunk More than 1 year ago
I read this a while ago but i loved it. I was truely shocked at the ending, even thought I knew it was coming, I was still heartbroken at the end.. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind a good read with a (somewhat) tragic ending.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! this is one of the best books i have ever read!! it made me cry,laugh, and everything else! u will absolutly love it ! read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rocks! It's very interesting always, and funny at times. I highly recommend it!