The Gaze

The Gaze

by Javier Robayo



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ISBN-13: 9781475050066
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

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The Gaze 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the characters were well written. it was a little long, but worth reading it. when it picked up, it kept going. I will be reading the second one also. cant wait to see what happens next. loved it.
Elise_Stokes-author More than 1 year ago
The Gaze is a well-written, poignant character study about the complex and tragic Samantha Reddick, a beautiful and intelligent woman who is enslaved to her demons and vices. We're introduced to twenty-year-old Samantha when a customer at the diner she waitresses at catches her attention as he intensely writes on a paper placement. Curious, she boldly sits across from him and inquires about what he is writing, which he declines in sharing. She gives up and returns to work. When the man leaves the diner just as her shift ends, she sees the placement has been left behind. Samantha also learns from his bill that the man's name is Tony Amaya. Samantha responds to the indirect invitation and reads what Tony had written: a moving poem about his lost love, Gwen. In it, he declares his undying love for her. Much is revealed about Samantha in her response to this poem. Impulsively, she runs after Tony and asks for a ride home. This action leads to becoming a one-night stand. Over a decade later that had been wrought in heartache, abuse, and addiction, Samantha hunts down her obsession, Tony Amaya, on Facebook and befriends his wife, Gwen. As this unnerving friendship develops, the reader learns why it is that Samantha can't stand her own gaze. Before delving into my analysis of characterization, I'd like to point out that British Samantha's first person narrative is created by Ecuadorian Javier A. Robayo. The narrative reads so feminine that I had to keep reminding myself a male wrote it. This a massive achievement alone. You may have picked up in my summary that this story frustrated me, or more precisely, the characters frustrated me, which is also a testament to Robayo's genius. I wanted to pluck almost all of them off the page at different times and give them a good shake for their poor choices, choices that I've unfortunately witnessed people I know make. Robayo's characters are flawed, broken, and deceive themselves in their true motives, just as real flesh-and-blood people do. But despite their deficiencies, they also possess enduring and noble qualities. These traits are especially portrayed in Samantha's relationship with her childhood friend, Lewis. Everyone could use a friend like Lewis. Along with demonstrating the complexity of the human mind and heart in his characters, Robayo also masters their dialogue. It's very natural and believable. Writing dialogue in another dialect can be disastrous, but Robayo pulls this challenge off brilliantly. The English come across authentic. I especially enjoyed exchanges between Samantha and the very witty Lewis. Due to sexual content and adult situations, I do not recommend this novel for anyone under the age of 18. For adults who enjoy an exceptional character study, you'll appreciate this tale of human failure and triumph told from the perspective of "the other woman," and I predict you'll become an ardent Javier A. Robayo fan, too.
Suz19771 More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the most amazing journeys I've every taken in a novel. The characters are unforgettable, and there is a little of everything. The Gaze touches every emotion, I didn't want it to end and I'm relieved that there is a sequel. I can't get enough of Samantha, Lewis, Gwen... so many memorable scenes and you will feel you're right there, hearing their voices, wanting nothing more than to actually meet them. One of the most profound novels I've ever read and I recommend it to anyone with a heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a book where the characters are so real and true to life that they make you mad or frustrated when you "see" they are about to make a mistake. This is that kind of book. A great summer read. Can't wait to read the sequel!
Jan_Romes More than 1 year ago
Wow! So many things to say about this book!! First and foremost...this was more of a five-star experience than it was a book! Javier Robayo pulled me into the story with an intriguing setup that became a complex foundation for his characters Samantha and Tony; two relatable individuals who are tender, maddening, exhausting, and downright loveable. And in the mix of the incredible chaos is Gwen. She's one of those too-good-to-be-true friends who we would all love to have in our lives. The author has a keen sense of setting - I could see exactly where his characters were all the time. He also has a knack for writing emotion so you feel it along with his characters. THE GAZE is a love story you won't want to put down until you get to the happily-ever-after. (Side note: Samantha Reddick will make you want to hug her one minute and put her in a headlock the next. I could so relate to this woman. And I discovered a lot of myself in her)