- Tapa blanda: 347 páginas
- Editor: Createspace Independent Pub (14 de octubre de 2008)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1440436010
- ISBN-13: 978-1440436017
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
Power Play (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 14 oct 2008
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Ryan Talonovich is the star of his college hockey team ... until an accident during practice leaves him confined to a wheelchair. The doctors say he'll walk again but a new season is already underway and he's been replaced on the team, which leaves him feeling alone and betrayed. What's the use of fighting to get back on the ice now?
Then he meets Dante Espinosa, a short track skater on the city's speed skating club. Though he has to work overtime to afford his sport, Dante is hell on ice, and dreams of making the cut on the U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team.
Their love of the ice brings them together, but too many obstacles stand in their way: Ryan's struggle with therapy. The memory of Dante's first boyfriend. Lack of funding to the event, Dante's harassing boss, a skating friend in love with him, and Wil Dietrich, who will do anything to win.
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- I liked both of the characters a lot. They struggle with real issues and have their own individual hang-ups, but they're both very selfless. They're constantly concerned about each other, each trying to make sure that life is beautiful, happy, and problem-free for his boyfriend.
- The obsession of young people is depicted well. The guys meet and have an immediate connection, and then they can't stop thinking about each other. Ever.
- There's an incredible amount of depth in the examination of Ryan's and Dante's thoughts.
- The flirting is sweet and tentative and nervous and lovely. Then the progression into physical intimacy is the same way.
- The characters are 18 and 19, so I had a little bit of trouble believing in the "foreverness" of the relationship. They might really be soulmates, but aside from the first chapter, which details Ryan's injury and the immediate aftermath of it, the book covers a time span of about 2 weeks. I couldn't make myself buy completely into a forever relationship between two people who are so young when all I saw was 2 weeks.
- Ryan treats his mother horribly at times. This is a book about teenagers, sure, and Snyder creates a pretty accurate depiction of teenage isolation, but I wanted to smack Ryan on more than one occasion. His mom is overbearing sometimes, but he can be an ungrateful little jerk. (Dante, on the other hand, loves Ryan's mom and even gently suggests a couple of times that Ryan should be nicer to her.)
- The writing is a little dense. The exposition is very detailed and contains a lot of sentences that are sort of stream-of-consciousness. Example: "From his room Ryan heard every word, mortified, but in the end she got her way, she always does, and that's more good news Ryan's just waiting to tell Dante, that they are definitely staying together, the room has already been reserved, thanks to his mother."
- The ending is pretty open; there are several conflicts that surface throughout the story that are left unresolved at the end.
Overall comments: This book's in present tense, which I always find a little weird, but the tone is conversational and relaxed. The characters have a lot of room to develop: there are 350 pages, with a lot of text on each page. Overall I think this is worth reading, but it's not a quick read: it's meaty and a little cumbersome.
The class difference between Dante and Ryan is skillfully explored.
This is a very New Adult read as Ryan has the anger and lack of appreciation for his mother that you might expect for a young man adjusting to his changed circumstances.
I liked these flawed and engaging characters very much.
The book is almost 400 pages long and it covers two weeks in the life of the protagonists, from when they meet until Dante's race, so it's slow. The author does a great job at staying in the hearts and minds of the protagonists, alternating between their point of view from chapter to chapter, writing in third person, present tense. It's a bit exhausting, I have to admit it. There's not really navel gazing, but you're there, almost in real time. I was a bit baffled by the end, because it's very fast, it seems rushed, (view spoiler)[but I think the author wanted to give us the adrenaline rush of the race, that exact minute (hide spoiler)].
Talking about the characters, Dante is more open and easy going. He's from the poor part of town, he didn't go to college, but decided instead to work in a skaters shop. He tries to support himself and his mother, who isn't very supportive of the way he spends his money on sports, but she seems to accept his sexuality. He's a nice guy, good-looking and practical. He has a goal and he knows he has to compromise to achieve it, so he is patient with his sleazy boss, but he also tries to avoid being an easy target for the skating club bullies, choosing to flee instead of fighting.
Ryan is rehabilitating from his injuries. He can't walk, he is not patient with his therapist or with his mother. He's angry for his shattered dreams, because since when he's on a wheelchair, people seem to look through him, so he pushes them. He treats his overbearing mother poorly, and the more she looks after him, the more he snaps at her. Even if he wasn't always very pleasant, I could understand his anger, his rage, the feeling of injustice and also inadequacy for not being able to stand up - also metaphorically - for himself and Dante.
Dante and Ryan are just discovering what real love is for the first time, so everything revolves around them, they are obsessed with each other, they want to be together always, they want to be close, to crawl into each other and help the other soothe his fears and worries. They talk big, but you can forgive them because they're so young. They've already had to experience the difficulties life has in store for them, but they push and save each other.
It's a very sweet story. Very very long. Too long. Probably.
Recommended? I don't know. Ask me.