Season Finale Review: Underliner by Ruth Juliano

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As hinted at earlier, Bibliogal is going on a summer hiatus.  I am taking time to regro

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up and revamp the blog. This autumn, there will be changes.  Just as I was about to announce this hiatus; a book fell into my lap (okay not my lap but my kindle) and I couldn’t wait until fall to write about it.

Here’s the official synopsis of the book, as found on Amazon:

Benjamin was raised to only care about people for as long as he needed something from them. He believed that if an issue couldn’t be solved with charm then it could be solved with money.
Frequently underestimated, and tired of being alone, Benjamin returns home after years abroad determined to make his department the crowning jewel of his father’s company.  If there’s one thing he knows, it’s books.
He quickly discovers that a lot of things aren’t what they had seemed while he was away, and has no idea what’s been going on. With the unexpected intervention of a girl from the wrong side of the ‘yawning chasm’ and an unusual chess club, Benjamin’s reality is seen in a whole new light.
Developing sympathy and empathy after so many years can have its downsides, but it can also lead to finding the one thing he really wants. Friends.”

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This book blew me away.  It’s like a layered cake: each bite reveals more ooey-gooey goodness inside.pusheen-cat-eats-cake-animated-gif  On the surface, it seems like a “rich playboy-meets regular joes and has to figure out what his priorities are” scenario. Benjamin evolves with the story, each time the story progresses and moves forward, so does Ben.  This is a book about a boy becoming a man…and it’s also about righting wrongs, and helping those who can’t help themselves.  All things that I love to read. Sex, Crime, Drama; it all unfolds like a delicious episode of Law and Order and who doesn’t love Law and Order?dgyz4_s-200x150

 

I’m happily giving this book 5 out of 5 Stars and I’m going to spend hiatus reading Juliano’s books.  She has over a dozen!! All of them are coming of age stories about uncomfortable topics, sure to jolt you out of any book slump or burnout you may encounter.

I need to end this by saying THANK YOU to Ruth Juliano.  I was getting disheartened by a few things in the blogging realm.  I was losing sight of my vision and the will to open a book.  I had forgotten what it was like to read for pleasure instead of reading on a tight deadline.  I had also forgotten how much I love reading Crime Dramas….Like REALLY REALLY LIKE them (After Urban Fantasy, they’re my next favorite genre!) Thank you, tenor1Ruth, for making me remember what all this was started for!

I hope everyone checks out Ruth Juliano and finds a book they absolutely love! I also hope you tune in next season for more Bibliogal action!

Happy Reading,

Bibliogal ❤

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