No Apologies is the first book I have read by Tibby Armstrong and I am now a devout follower. There is not one thing I can say to criticize this story. The characters, the use of language, the intricacya dn precision of language to evoke the perfect images, the emotionality, the conflict and the resolution.all of it blended together into a perfect mix which ept my emotions on edge and my desire to continue reading insatiable.
The two heroes of this story are Aaron Blake, a relatively happy-go-lucky guy with a penchant for taking charge, particularly when he really wants something.or someone. Greg Falkner is the archetype of a closed book. Guarded, insecure, afraid that opening up will only contribute to the feelings of inadequacy that he has learned to live with.
From the first page, Ms. Armstrong draws the reader in by throwing us directly into the lives of our two protagonists. Their struggles and disappointments as well as their hopes and fears become ours through deft writing and powerful writing. What starts in the present (or the present for the characters that it.the story is set in 2002), we flash back to 1994 when the two were in high school, a private boarding school in new England to be exact, and the location where the bulk of the story takes place.
There were a number of devices this author used to create an original story with unique structural characteristics. First, starting in the character's present, then shifting to their past grounded us in their current dilemma, but then told the real story which was their back story.what brought them to the point where we met them in chapter 1. The back story is not simply a flashback, but it is Aaron watching the movie that Greg had written; a movie he suspected was autobiographical, but which Greg had kept him in the dark about thoughout production.
Then there was the sex. Lots and lots of sex, scorching, moving, entirely organic so that the love and passion lofts from the page and into the reader's heart. I was simply amazed at how true the descriptions were and how much I could picture and practically feel the heat and pleasure as I read.
And then there is the romance itself. A romance that is entirely adult, but which contains much of the sweetness and innocence of a coming-of-age story. In fact, there were moments when a bit of an edginess entered her writing, particularly during the sex scenes, which gave the characters, the love, and the steam a bit of a raw, nail-biting urgency.
I could go on and on, but No Apologies doesn't need t have it's praises sung in order for readers to judge for themselves that Ms. Armstrong has written a story that you will read, enjoy, and read again.
My advice, buy this book and put it on your list of must reads.
Cheerful and friendly, Aaron Blake has never met a puzzle that intrigues him more than brooding Greg Falkner. He wants to get to know his roommate, but it seems the only way past his shell is through it. When a reluctant friendship turns into a budding romance, can the two keep their feelings secret from their classmates? Or will their newfound love destroy them both?
So goes the story screenwriter Greg Falkner spins for audiences and his longtime partner, Aaron Blake, in No Apologies. Loosely based on their lives together, the film rocks Hollywood with its blatant portrayal of two teenagers falling in love and coming of age in a world that struggles to accept them, while they in turn struggle to accept themselves.
At the end of the evening, will Greg’s risky venture break a relationship that’s already foundering? Or will the real life Greg and Aaron also find their happily ever after with No Apologies?