Riot Street by Tyler King
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Clever, funny, deep....
From the opening pages I was invested in Avery’s incredibly complicated life. When Ethan joined it to make the complex even more of a puzzle, I was all in! A man from privilege and a woman from anything but meet over a shared vocation and a love of words and truth. This is not a simple story of boy meets girl – no, this story is all about layers. Layers that include clever writing, biting humour and a humanness that had me invested in their story from the start.
“She’s complex and at times contradictory – a woman at odds with herself. That much, at least, I can relate to.”
I started reading in the late evening and was looking for something quick and lighthearted to lull me into sleep. That was SO not this book! I wanted to put the book down, honestly. I didn’t want to start caring about these characters who had a lot to say and a lot going on. After I started reading though, I couldn’t stop. Avery and Ethan, their friends and co-workers, their families – they were spellbinding! The relationships between them all – the good, the bad and the very ugly – should have been over the top drama but instead they were so real. Their struggles to do the right thing, to make the right decisions, to stay upright and sane in a world that tested you every minute.
“Then quit your bitching, love, and get to work.”
Great. Good talk.
Through it all, these two were drawn together – as professionals, as friends and, soon, lovers…
The writing is beautiful and playful. It made me think and smile at the same time. The author was able to breathe life into characters that immediately felt like old friends, that I’d known (and loved) them for a very long time… Their journey was a ride I didn’t even know I wanted to take until it was over and I wanted to start all over again. I will be rereading this story. To savour once more the twists and turns, the clever writing, the fun and heat between such flawed characters that made them so… perfect.
“The biggest changes were in the smallest details.”
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