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The Thing I Didnt Know I Didnt KnowPlace All he knows is that crappy jobs horrible dates and pointless hook ups just aren't cutting it anyWhat's the secret What does everyone else know that he doesn'tEnter Kevin Russel's perfect high school boyfriend Could rekindling an old flame be the thing Russel needs to get his life back on track Or maybe the answer lies in a new f. The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t KnowBy Brent HartingerFive StarsI think this may be the best thing Brent Hartinger has ever written I have loved all of the Russel Middlebrook books; but I confess that by the last one Elephant of Surprise I was finding myself yearning for something—but I wasn’t sure what Maybe I just wanted Russel to grow up And that’s what Brent didIn this wonderful new book “The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know” Russel is out of college and living with his best friends Gunnar and Min on a houseboat in Seattle But this isn’t high school Russel; this is twenty three year old Russel still with his wry take on the world but now filled with new uncertainties about his future and his lack of a love lifeSee Russel has a sex life just not a love lifeOh yes this is not a YA book Russel uses Grindr not named but please for hookups; the f word is said aloud rather a lot And while Brent is not prone to getting graphic there is clearly stuff going on that we never heard about in high school You go RusselRussel however is not happy Not even content He has two stupid jobs in order to pay back his student loans and pay his rent to Gunnar for his room in the houseboat He has no idea what he wants to do or where he sees his life heading He misses his old boyfriend Kevin something fierce and envies the apparent focus that both of his best friends seem to have in their livesRussel is not perfect—one of the reasons I’ve always cared so much about him He can make some pretty selfish moves and he’s not so deep that he can’t be shallow see what I did there There is something endearing about Russel’s consistant self awareness his willingness to admit when he’s wrong or inadeuate or simply dumb The thing I loved most about this book is when Russel saves a life and thereby opens a door to a world where older people are as interested in him as he is in them He begins to learn from them things he never learned at homeWhich brings me to the one thing that makes me unhappy in this book; Russel’s family In spite of his protests that they love him and he loves them “My parents were good people”—there is no real evidence that his parents are remotely interested in him or interesting in their own right This is hard for me for two reasons I adored my parents and Republicans though they were they were my anchor all through the early years as an out gay man They supported my relationship singular going on 39 years and were always there for me Secondly I am easily older than Russel Middlebrook’s parents and as the father of two college age kids it just makes me sick to think that my kid might think of me the way Russel thinks of his mother and father Thing is I know plenty of people of various ages whose relationship with their families is no better than Russel’s So I can’t really fault Brent for this—only acknowledge that it bums me out But there are older people who make a difference in Russel’s new undirected life and Brent handles this with warmth and clever plausibility even when we’re talking about Bigfoot—don’t ask As Vernie a character developed with great clarity and wit says to Russel “Everyone’s life is cinematicyou just need to know when to fade to black”There is much of the old Russel Middlebrook books in this new one But I am so glad to meet the new grown up not necessarily improved Russel who stole my heart years ago I see great things in his future and with luck so will Brent

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Read & Download The Thing I Didnt Know I Didnt Know Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · I guess this was what they meant by a loss of innocence Who knewRussel Middlebrook is twenty three years old gay and living in trendy Seattle but life isn't keeping up with the hype Most of his friends have a direction in lifeRiend an eccentric screenwriter named Vernie Rose who seems plenty wise Or what the hell Maybe Russel will find some answers by joining his best friend Gunnar's crazy search for the legendary BigfootOne way or another Russel is determined to learn the all important secret to life even if it's a thing he doesn't even know he doesn't know. I couldn't finish the book unfortunately I made it half way through but the main character Russel the book is written from his pov was annoying and immature He is 23 years old but thinks like a 16 year old Add to that a hunt for bigfoot and I had to throw in the towel because I'm not interested in reading anything like thatThe woman Vernie that Russel saved while working his lifeguard job wasweird And she became creepy the evening Russel went to her house to have dinner along with her friends When I was done telling the story I asked Felicks So how do you know VernieOh I was friends with her son he said Back in high schoolAnd now he works as a publicist Vernie said suddenly appearing and handing us our cocktails I ran into him at a screening a couple of months ago and I saw how well he'd grown up and I knew I wanted to be his friend What That's socreepy that's the only thing that goes through my mind because a normal woman doesnt decide to become friends with her son's buddies because she sees how much they grew up Nope sorry that's too much for me FinI received a copy from the published through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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I guess this was what they meant by a loss of innocence Who knewRussel Middlebrook is twenty three years old gay and living in trendy Seattle but life isn't keeping up with the hype Most of his friends have a direction in life either ruthlessly pursuing their careers or passionately embracing their own aimlessness But Russel is stuck in. I am interesting than Russel You are interesting than Russel There is an attempt to make this book humorous It didn't work for me I kept waiting for something to happen but unless you count hunting Bigfoot as something happening it was devoid of significant action that would promote the telling of a story No plot No story No reason to turn the page except I would never give a bad rating to a book I hadn't read completely Contemplating panning this bunch of musings I was forced to read every page to be certain of my reaction was negative It became torture to continue to read this tediously monotonous bookRussel breaks everyone his age down into two categories those with unstoppable career drives and those with passionate aimlessness He spends the entirety of the book trying to figure out where he fits Well there are three uick digressions The first is into his female roommate's uestioning polyamorous sexuality which ends with no definite answer The second is will his male roommate's obsession with Bigfoot and with new found peace when it's suggested it's related to his fathers death How That too goes unanswered except for a moose sighting The third is whether Russel should go back to his jerk ex boyfriend which isn't answered since they decide to try again but without a convincing commitment unless moving to Hollywood will do itSo that's where we are left until the next book in the series Where does Russel fit in his dichotomy of unstoppable career drives and passionate aimlessness He fits where we all do We go to schoolcollege and when that ends we try to get a job that interests us if at all possible But common sense escapes Russel Russel gives his own rating to the degree of interest the story holds and judges it the lowest rated reality show of all time So even the MC finds the story boring See uote below uote At this point I'd like to point out that we didn't spend all our time on Gunnar's houseboat having stupid irrelevant debates like this over the Theory of Everything and BigfootI'd like to point that out but I can't because we pretty much did talk about stuff like this all the time This was what happened when you put three twentysomething dorks together in the same ridiculously small houseboat It was like some kind of reality TV show the lowest rated reality TV show of all time but stillYes indeed Russel you are right This was what happens when you put three twentysomething dorks together in the same ridiculously small houseboat You get something like the lowest rated reality TV show of all time and call it a book