Olive Juice (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Olive Juice
Author: T.J. Klune
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: April 26th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 121 Pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


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.

This is my first TJ Klune read, and it broke my heart. I have read reviews of his other books and thought “yeah, I should add TJ Klune to my list and read him sometime” never realizing that I was missing out on an amazing author.

This book is subtly and beautifully written. It leads the reader down a path where we think we know the cliched destination, but then reveals we were mistaken. It’s like the first time viewing “The Sixth Sense” or perhaps “Leaving Las Vegas” (not saying that this book is anything like these movies), it’s just that you needed to go into those movies fresh, without any preconceptions. Resist delving for spoilers, and read this book. 5 stars.

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