What It Takes

What It Takes

by Jude Sierra

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BN ID: 2940152470109
Publisher: Interlude Press
Publication date: 01/14/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 625,818
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jude Sierra first began writing poetry as a child in her home country of Brazil. Still a student of the form, she has expanded her repertoire with her first novel, Hush. She began writing long-form fiction by tackling her first National Novel Writing Month project in 2007, and in 2011 began writing in online fan communities, where her stories have thousands of readers. Married with two children, she enjoys crochet and is an avowed tea junkie.

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What It Takes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
1566287 More than 1 year ago
Picture a small town on Cape Cod, the ocean waves rolling across the sand, and two boys becoming fast friends over sand dunes, woodland trails and a fort they built to escape the world. Milo is a young boy with a horrific home life courtesy of an abusive father and a terrified mother. Andrew, his best friend, is his main source of escape from the nightmare that is his family. Sierra writes the pain and fear of Milo’s life with such accuracy. Certain scenes were gut-wrenching as I felt his anxiety right along with him. Andrew is Milo’s lifeline. When his initial attempt to get Milo help doesn’t work, he makes an effort to maintain their friendship. He knows how to distract Milo, how to talk him out of an anxiety attack, and how to help him let loose just enough to maintain some semblance of a childhood without succumbing to the fear completely. Both boys identify as gay, although they come out at different times in different ways, and although it would seem logical for these best friends to become lovers, they do not. Instead, they hurt each other in the worst way, and part one of the book ends with both of them rebuilding their life without the other. Sierra’s descriptions are lush without being overbearing to the reader. She gives clear sensory details that drew me in to the scene, made me see what the characters were seeing and feel what they were feeling. The story drew me in from the very first page, and there were no spots that I found myself skimming. I wanted to savor every word, from beginning to end, in both parts one and two, and all the way through the epilogue. I own this book because it is an Interlude Press publication, and I trust that their books will always be a good read. I reread this book, and will continue to reread it, because Jude Sierra has created a story in a world I want to live in, with characters I grew to love and root for throughout the story.