Saturday, September 1, 2012

Shades of Gray

Posted by A Drop of Romeo at 3:37 PM

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

Shades of Gray by Odalisquia
Okay, for the record: THIS IS NOT A DIARY. I mean, I’m a dude. Dudes - especially badass ones like me - do not keep diaries. It’s even stated in the official Manly Code of Manliness. And badasses also don't obsess over cute bunny-face girls. Crap.
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Belinda Thinks: Kieran “THIS IS NOT A DIARY” Fairchild is, in fact, writing a diary. It is quite possibly the most interesting document ever written by a self proclaimed bad-ass teenage boy. It should be recorded and kept for posterity. It should be read by all males between the ages of 12 and 21. It. Is. Just. That. Good.

Using choice phrases such as the wonderfully alliterative “Aggressive Anita” and “Sensual Spuds”, Kieran is a fantastic narrator. Adding Iris, the socially impaired but impressively individualistic new girl at school, creates even more amusing dialogue and interactions. Kieran finds himself unexpectedly protective of the innocent girl, who gives him the very apt sobriquet of “Gray/Storm Cloud” because of his dark, monochromatic clothing and grim facade.

Shades of Gray is adorable, creative, well written and memorable. Its title is particularly suitable; as much as this story is about his budding relationship with Iris, it is just as much about Kieran’s maturing definition of what it means to be a real man, and a good friend. I’m just glad I got to come along for the journey - it’s a sweet and funny ride.


  1. For one terrifying moment, I thought this was about 50 shades of grey.

    1. 50 Shades of Grey is actually an okay read. I hope you've given it a chance before judging it so.

    2. Haha! I was just about to comment about that...



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