Reviewed by Minxhalo
TITLE: Olive Juice
AUTHOR: TJ Klune
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 121 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:
I want to see you.
He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.
David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.
Phillip offers redemption.
Ok. Ok. So I read this book, and it destroyed me. I want to hate it. I mean, it’s a love story, right. And after a love story you get a happily ever after and everyone hugs and kisses. Maybe there’s a perfect couple and some hot sex and you think, “Wow, that was such a sweet story,” and knowing you’ve read half a dozen just like it.
But not this story. That’s not this journey. This story is so real. It is, rip out your heart and show it to you while you die, real. And as I read it, after I realized what was happening, I just couldn’t stop. I couldn’t put it down.
We meet David, and he’s going into a bar. And it’s clear from all the prose, that he is just NOT good with meeting up with Phillip. But he goes anyway. He has to. He’s even completely oblivious to the hot bartender’s flirting. He’s just this broken man, lost in the past.
As the story unfolds, and I am not going to give a full synopsis because it just gives away too much. The only thing you need to know is that David loved Phillip, and Phillip loved David, and they both loved Alice. Now Alice was gone, and somewhere along the way, David and Phillip lost each other as well as Alice. And David is wracked with guilt.
Olive Juice is a love story – in every sense of the word. The love between the characters leaps off the page and bleeds down your throat. TJ Klune created a beautifully written world full of pain and love, guilt and the hope of redemption. Read this book. Just bring a handkerchief and get ready for an ugly cry. I could not give it a higher recommendation.