When Love Comes to Town

When Love Comes to Town

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When Love Comes to Town 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
This is Neil Byrne's story. A young Irish man who has known he was gay since he was ten years old, he has been keeping his sexual orientation from his friends and family. He acts like the happy-go-lucky guy everyone has come to know when in reality his heart is breaking and his loneliness is eating him up inside. I truly loved this story. Since the story took place in 1990 I could relate to the music references and the fashion, but it was Neil's sense of helplessness and his tortured soul that really touched me. Add to that the common issues teenager struggle with and I couldn't help but love him. His voice was a wonderful mixture of humor, sarcasm and pain. He struggled with who he was every single day. He wanted to fit in, but wanted to be himself - accepted, loved just as he was. He feared his parents and friends' reactions if they ever found out he was gay and endured bigoted comments from them, while maintaining his ever present humor and smile. Packed full with emotions, introspective narrative and interesting characters, I thought that Tom Lennon's writing was excellent. He managed to bring all sorts of emotions and events to the page that kept the reader engaged and emotionally invested Neil's story and his well being. The secondary characters were a mix of different personalities - the supportive, the indifferent and the disloyal. Every character added to the story and to Neil's development as a person. Little by little we get to see a different side of Neil. At first he was insecure and a bit lost as to what he really wanted from life, but as the story progressed we see how the interactions with the different characters has changed him, making him more assertive and looking at the world through the eyes of a grown up. It was interesting to see how things have progressed over the years and how some issues remain the same. Today's GLBT's youth still struggle with similar problems as those Neil struggled throughout the story even though many things have improved since the 90's. James Klise's foreword brings to the front the fact that this story was written before famous people were coming out as gay and the availability of support groups was a click or a tap away. This book was as sweet as it was heart wrenching. I laughed, I cried, I was exasperated and mad as hell, but above all else I was enlightened. When Love Comes to Town is a coming of age story that will stay with you even after you're done reading it. I received tis title from through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading When Love Comes to Town. I believe it provided a candid look at people's true reaction when faced with a loved one's coming out during the early 1990s. Neil's story is touching and Lennon build characters that are truly believable.