Dream Boy: A Novel [Jim Grimsley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Struggling with sexual abuse from his father and his mother’s denial. Dream Boy: A Novel [Jim Grimsley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ALA Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual Book Award. DREAM BOY confirms the. Dream Boy: A Novel [Jim Grimsley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A prizewinning playwright shares the stunning and heartbreaking.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For me Nathan is the hero in this story. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I didn’t really expect it to affect me so much; I guess I never imagined it would matter that much, it was supposed to be just another book I had been meaning to read for some time and only now I was getting myself to do it.

I enjoyed the book, but I would have liked to have the book show Oby point of view, as well as Burke’s. Friendly reminder that Nathan finally felt Roy’s protection and affection that day. See all drream.

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Ek wil drream Grimsley se werk verder ondersoek, maar eers moet ek klaar nadink oor hierdie uitklophou wat hy geplant het. Because I suck at understanding surrealism and symbolism. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. First published over nim years ago at a succinct pages, Dream Boy revolves around Nathan, oby sophomore in high school who falls into a complex relationship with Roy, a senior.

Other Book Industry Professional. Published January 30th by Touchstone Books first published I could not get the tragedy off my mind, when I was on the part where they hiked.


Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. In the first half, I looked forward to every evolution – positive or negative – in the relationship between Rod and Nathan.

The ending, however, left me troubled and unsatisfied rather like In the Lake of the Woods. The way Nathan silently compares the loving gestures shared with Roy with the heinous acts his father forces upon him – and how he desperately tries to hide away his terrifying knowledge – is simply heartbreaking.

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His family moves often because his father can’t keep bot job and drinks a lot. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. His brevity brings Nathan’s insecurities and abuse to life. Then it moves into this haunting scenes, slowly reaches the tense climax. The World Made Straight: Its a toss up what one is better. It was beautiful even in its harshness; and what made it even harder for me to stomach, so to speak, was that- even though it takes place during the 70’s- some of the themes are horribly relevant even today.

Views Read Edit View history. Jun 29, Thomas rated it liked it Recommended to Thomas by: This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat It was definitely something special. Roy making a choice at the end between church-girl and Nathan also opens up possibilities.

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And I thought things could get better for both of them and that the “tragedy”-whatever it was- wouldn’t be that bad. That seemed a good reason to read it. The relationship between the two boys is poignant, confused, touchingly inarticulate, and haunted by the oby and physical peril implicit in their bond.

First he manipulates us ruthlessly and plays on bo emotions and for what? Without ever succumbing to cliche, Grimsley cuts with surgical precision to the heart of these characters’ inchoate longings and barely repressed fears.


For film adaptation, see Dream Boy film. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. I gave it three stars. Will somebody die in this?


Abusive alcoholic father and weak Jesus-loving mom, the perfect parents for Nathan. There’s a difference between an author deciding to leave aspects of his work ambiguous and failing to explore certain characters, motifs, etc. Its facts are disturbing and painful – Nathan’s abusive father, Burke’s violent acts, the brutality of the very environment surrounding Nathan and Roy – conjure up a setting where even the cracking of a floorboard or a light under a door could indicate the onset of violence and abuse.

He leaves the ending open to different interpretations. I finished the book. Only needed to turn the pages. To me, a horrible part of it was a dream and when he woke up, Nathan has found his happiness. And now, I am left with the question: Why did the father turn from normal to brutal at some point in the boy’s life?

Even the teen gay romance within its pages could not redeem it from the darkness and the violence within it. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? As things start again between Nathan and his father – Nathan is forced to sleep outside in the woods. May 24, K.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. If the latter, what kind of dream?