String Boys

String Boys

Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.Kelly Cruz has loved Set...

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String Boys Reviews

  • Karen

    Full review to follow soonish! I need to get some glue and put me back together, it seems Ms Lane broke me and I have a buddy read to attend!

    and if you don't know what I mean by that...well, it's really simple you need lots of tissues tor all the tears and a teddy to hug because everyone knows teddies make everything better.

    I've been procrastinating about this one for a few days now because it's one of those stories where if a person's not careful t

    Full review to follow soonish! I need to get some glue and put me back together, it seems Ms Lane broke me and I have a buddy read to attend!

    and if you don't know what I mean by that...well, it's really simple you need lots of tissues tor all the tears and a teddy to hug because everyone knows teddies make everything better.

    I've been procrastinating about this one for a few days now because it's one of those stories where if a person's not careful they could give away the store and spoil so much of the story and if you haven't read this one yet than just trust me when I say that would be a shame.

    'String Boys' is one of the most emotionally, gut wrenching stories that I've encountered in a very long time. It was heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. It was filled with love and hatred, anger and fear, beauty and ugliness, strength and weakness and so many diametrically opposed emotions. While it's probably one of the most angst filled books that I've read in a long time it was worth every moment.

    Putting this book down once I'd started it was at the absolute bottom of my to do list. I literally got up at 5 o'clock in the morning to continue reading after having stopped at around 1 a.m. because keeping my eyes open any longer just was not possible so I got the minimum amount of sleep that i could and then I snuck out to the living room to carry on reading so that I wouldn't wake my husband up with my crying because crying was inevitable for me...remember I'm the person who cries over the Bell Canada commercials and let's not talk about Hallmark, ok?

    More than anything this story is about love...obviously the love that Seth and Kelly share but also the love of family...the one that we are born into and the family that we create. There were so many awesome characters in this book besides Seth and Kelly I can't even begin to explain them all and how much I came to love them but as with any story there were also those that I came to hate...people whose sole purpose in this world isn't to help other's but to tear them down and subjugate them. People who can only feel good about themselves by making others feel bad and ironically it was one of these people who broke my heart and left me with so many tears that I actually had to stop reading for a few minutes because the tears were just too much to continue reading... am I going to tell you who it is? Well of course not, I want you to read the book and figure it out for yourself and let me know if they broke your heart too.

    While I'm not going to talk about all of the wonderful characters in this story I am going to at least talk about Seth and Kelly for a few sentences. Seth was such a sweet young man and purely by accident he discovered that he had a gift...the gift of music when Seth played the violin the angels wept. Kelly was equally as wonderful as Seth and his gift was his heart. There were no limits to his ability to love or to what he would sacrifice for those he loved. Don't get me wrong Seth's heart was every bit as amazing as Kelly's and the sacrifices that both of these young men were willing to make without hesitation or thought was beautiful and heartbreaking.

    I'm not really sure that there's much else I can say except that this book touched my heart on a deeper level than anything else that I've read in quite a while. The fact that it was written by Amy Lane is no surprise, she's left me in tears on more than one occasion and that's truly not a bad thing. I don't always want sunshine and rainbows in my stories sometimes I want that hard won, fought for happily ever after. I want to be left crying tears of happiness at the end because finally, finally the MCs in the story got the happiness that they deserved...no scratch that the got the happiness that they fought for and earned.

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    An ARC of 'String Boys' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Judith

    4.5

    I haven't read many books by Amy Lane but this is,without any doubt,my favourite.

    I mean a story spanning over years is totally my thing and add in the angst,feelings-so many damn feelings,happy and sad,the ever present family connections that were so powerful in this story.I cried so many times reading this and it might sound weird but I LOVE it when a book moves me to tears.

    Kelly and Mat

    4.5

    I haven't read many books by Amy Lane but this is,without any doubt,my favourite.

    I mean a story spanning over years is totally my thing and add in the angst,feelings-so many damn feelings,happy and sad,the ever present family connections that were so powerful in this story.I cried so many times reading this and it might sound weird but I LOVE it when a book moves me to tears.

    Kelly and Matty are brothers and have been friends with Seth from a young age.Named the String Boys after being chosen to learn the violin.But it's Seth that excels,although he doesn't really see his own talent-he just loves to play.Kelly has loved Seth forever but it's Seth watching Kelly sleeping one day that has him recognizing his love for Kelly.

    but I never doubted their love or that they'd make it.Even when things seemed to crumble in front of them their love never wavered.This is one of the most believable love stories I've read in a long time.

    A massively important part of this story in family.Seth's family of two( him and his father ) and Kelly's family-the Cruz family.I could picture all their lives from the faded,worn furniture in their apartments to the laughter and tears as they grew up.

    Highly Recommended.

  • ☆ Todd

    As the book began, I adored seeing Seth and Matty as fourth graders, and third grader Kelly tagging along with the two best friends.

    It was all very sweet and my little YA heart was just waiting for Seth to see that he was totally as head over heels for Kelly as Kelly was for him.

    That finally happened some years later, after one fateful nap during a bus ride home, and I may or may not have done a little jig in my seat as I read that passage.

    But

    As the book began, I adored seeing Seth and Matty as fourth graders, and third grader Kelly tagging along with the two best friends.

    It was all very sweet and my little YA heart was just waiting for Seth to see that he was totally as head over heels for Kelly as Kelly was for him.

    That finally happened some years later, after one fateful nap during a bus ride home, and I may or may not have done a little jig in my seat as I read that passage.

    But shortly after, the Goddess of Angst made her first of many, MANY appearances in the story, and that bitch stayed on the scene for close to a decade, just to make sure that nobody got their happy on too deeply. : (

    What began as an educational opportunity for Seth, turned into a path to escape and safety, but that meant that Kelly would have to say goodbye to his beloved Seth.

    And with that opportunity came the first separation. Then another, then another, and another. Sweet baby Jesus, I was about to scream, because other than The Big Misunderstanding (blessedly avoided here), the thing I loathe most is prolonged separations.

    Yes, I understood that the separations were necessary, but God, that didn't help me enjoy them one tiny bit more.

    Luckily, by the time that the first separation happened, Seth and Kelly were firmly and convincingly a couple in my mind, so I never felt as though the years (

    ) apart would break them. As far as I was concerned, they were inevitable, but that still didn't make the distance any more enjoyable.

    I adored the parts of the story where they would reunite for short periods, but would always dread the ending of those times, when Seth would have to leave again, while Kelly seemed perpetually trapped at home -- even into their mid-twenties.

    The book was *RIFE* with angst, folks. Religious persecution, homophobia, bullies, an off-page sexual assault (

    ), death, and new additions to the family.

    The angst train was a full-on express, with very few stops, but the fact that the story contained so much separation, with less actual dialogue between the MC's that I prefer, that left me feeling as though it was angst at 30,000 feet, with me high above the action, instead of me being down in the trenches as the guys fought and fought for their well-deserved HEA.

    The book did finally get there, but OMG, only after ALL of the blood, sweat, and tears had been shed.

    The story wasn't quite on par with my gold standard angst story, Amy's "

    ", but it was still a very solid 4 star read for me, so I'd recommend it, but only to those who are looking for a break from sweet and fluffy, and want to rage for 300+ pages.

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  • Wendy

    Amy Lane is the author of one of my "

    " favorite books "

    " and one of my "

    " favorite series "

    " So there was never any question if I was gonna read this book. I would read the phonebook of Amy Lane had written it.

    So I am also not surprised that this book was pretty

    . Amy likes her

    and

    and so there was no shortage of

    and

    on my part. It is what I

    from this author, I tried going in prepared....but it never helps

    Amy Lane is the author of one of my "

    " favorite books "

    " and one of my "

    " favorite series "

    " So there was never any question if I was gonna read this book. I would read the phonebook of Amy Lane had written it.

    So I am also not surprised that this book was pretty

    . Amy likes her

    and

    and so there was no shortage of

    and

    on my part. It is what I

    from this author, I tried going in prepared....but it never helps :P

    I went through all the motions right along with Kelly and Seth and at the end of the ride, I was

    !! But

    it was !! My

    got

    into pieces, but I can always trust Amy Lane to mend it back together towards the end. 

    Kelly and Seth were perfect for one another....a true match made in heaven en for me this story really shows that

    ,

    ,

    (so many tears) and a whole bunch of

    ...but it was definitely worth it !! 

    I

    this book and any other written by this author!!

    Just make sure you have some

    and

    when you start this one ;)

     

  • CrabbyPatty

    I honestly think I have reached my limit of Amy Lane-induced angst. I absolutely loved

    and

    and was there every step of the way through the trials, the anguish, the longing, the struggles to keep the family together ( Keeping Promise Rock), the deaths and pregnancy, the long, long path to finally getting something resembling a HEA. It was all rife with strife and dripping with angst, but by

    I survived to the end.

    Beginning String Boys, I loved meeting

    I honestly think I have reached my limit of Amy Lane-induced angst. I absolutely loved

    and

    and was there every step of the way through the trials, the anguish, the longing, the struggles to keep the family together ( Keeping Promise Rock), the deaths and pregnancy, the long, long path to finally getting something resembling a HEA. It was all rife with strife and dripping with angst, but by

    I survived to the end.

    Beginning String Boys, I loved meeting Seth, Matty and Kevin as children, but then we started careening down a bumpy path filled with abuse, alcoholism, anger, bullying, homophobia, struggle, longing, separation (

    ), and damn it, something inside me just seized up. I just didn't want to push myself to continue this book, so yeah, I DNFed it.

    And yes, this is completely a case of "it's not YOU, it's ME" ... so happy reading to those who love the struggle and celebrate the eventual hard-won happy ending, but I'm out on this one.

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