Sunday, July 1, 2012

Art Criticism

Posted by A Drop of Romeo at 12:50 PM



Since the posting of this review, this story has been removed from FictionPress by the author.
Art Criticism by Blue GhostGhost

My job at Melissa Anderten Gallery was hard enough without the input of the most annoying photographer on the planet. God, I hate that guy.
Banner Credit: Melissa

Belinda Thinks: Art Criticism is wonderfully witty and beautifully bashful, featuring two main characters whose romantic relationship forms naturally out of a confusing work relationship.

Despite his inner doubts and numerous hang-ups, James is a lonely man. And despite his preppy good looks and successful photography career, Turkish is looking for something special. They are both so precious, so completely realistic and relatable, that I can't help wanting to hug them. James is a captivatingly truthful narrator with his snarky observations and antisocial nature. Turkish seems brash and overconfident, but is also tender and considerate in his pursuit of James. Navigating their budding relationship proves difficult, but their willingness to communicate with each other and try something new is touching.

From the first chapter, I knew this would be great reading. What I found out as I kept reading was that this is also great writing. No errors, a gradual and careful unfurling of the characters and a well-considered pace of plot. Just as each character learns to trust the other, and their relationship, the writer encourages you to trust James and Turkish, sharing pieces of their hearts with the reader until you become emotionally invested in their lives. You cry when they cry, you smile when they're happy. To me, this is the best kind of writing.

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