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  1. says:

    4 HeartsI admit that the thought of starting this really long and really ambitious autobiography was intimidating I had hesitated over The Book of Beginnings It's Just Us Here which is the skeleton of a planned 9 volume omnibus but I didn’t just want the outline If I was going to attempt this behemoth I wanted every word

  2. says:

    Now LIVE on I’m going to get very serious with this review I already said in The Book of Beginnings It's Just Us Here that Chris’s life story is affecting me deeply like a mirror has been opened into my own soul but I never said why So I’m going to share something very personal to show you just how important this book is for asexuals I will share this once and then never talk about it again I used to see

  3. says:

    Full disclosure the following review will be mostly about me and my reaction to this book than about the actual book The rating is ALL about me and my reaction to this book That sounded a lot less self absorbed in my headIf you are looking for a rational assessment of this book I wish you good luck in finding it but you’re in the wrong place You can scroll to the end for some links to good reviews thoughShort versio

  4. says:

    5 StarsI’ll start off by linking my review for The Book of Beginnings which is where I started on my journey with Mark and Chris and became hooked Fangirling is probably accurate unapologetic shrug Warning This linked review goes well beyond spoilersish in nature when considering what this book focuses on The Friend but I feel that my review was much elouent well as much as I can actually be when sueeing than what will take p

  5. says:

    The ultimate slow burn romance And I say that as highest possible praise Only it's a true love story with lots of humour banter genuine feelings and real people It glows this story the kind of inner glow two people starting to fall in love has Even though the main character Chris isn't interested in sex with anyone there is an ongoing build

  6. says:

    Reread I must've read this book 3 times now in it's interity also in segments but I still marvel at things Original reviewIf you already read

  7. says:

    This is uniue and utterly personalTbh it does feel a little bit like prying even is it is obvious that Chris is putting his biographical love story out there for a reasonI’m totally smitten With Chris and Mark With the story and the genuin

  8. says:

    I wanted to read just a few pages to see how I would feel about it because I don't usually read memoires but I en

  9. says:

    I only saw myself as the friend The good friend The friend that would rely on Mark like how flowers relied on the sun I could only hop

  10. says:

    35 starsI’m glad this book is finally out A few of my GR friends have been actively helping the author get this book out I’m happy to see they’re credited in the book feeling proud of themI’m happy to read a story that doesn’t focus on sex In fact there isn’t any sex in this instalment And I’m really happy to read about love

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Summary º E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Christopher X. Sullivan

An asexual man meets a male model and slowly falls in love Mark the model has not been challenged in his life and is emotionally withdrawn He returns to Chicago in the hopes of reconnecting with his college friends but everyone has moved on without him starting families and growing up Chris the writer is socially awkward and introverted He actively tries to be as invisible as possible The two men meet one day in Chris' favorite park and strike up a friendship Since this is written as a romance you probably have a pretty good idea where the story goes from there You'd be wron. Full disclosure the following review will be mostly about me and my reaction to this book than about the actual book The rating is ALL about me and my reaction to this book That sounded a lot less self absorbed in my headIf you are looking for a rational assessment of this book I wish you good luck in finding it but you re in the wrong place You can scroll to the end for some links to good reviews thoughShort version this book gave me a book hangover WHILE I was reading it Did that ever happened to you I m almost 100% sure it never happened to me before and let me tell you it wasn t prettyI went places did things even interacted with other human beings and this book was constantly on the background in my mindFor everyone who feels brave enough this is the long version I mean it it s long It might also be slightly spoilerish but not muchBefore going forward there s something you should know about me It s something that many of the people I interact with on a regular basis on GR already know about but I need to talk about it for a minute so you can put this review I use the term loosely in perspective I identify as asexual If you don t know what that means you can find out hereI use the term asexual in general to be precise I should say that I identify as somewhere on the ace spectrum There are a couple of terms that come pretty close to what I think I am but so far I haven t settled on one In part because I haven t bothered to look too closely mostly because I haven t finished figuring myself out I ve pretty much given up on ever doing that not only about my sexual orientation I m sure I ll keep figuring myself out and being surprised by the things I discover about myself until the day I die And if that sounded a bit melodramatic forgive me but this book sliced me open and left me bleeding how s that for being melodramatic I won t go into details about the time I found out asexuality was a thing and there were other people feeling things I had been feeling all my life Suffice to say that it was a revelation and a relief it was scary upsetting and eye opening it was all around intense It was greatAnd it was done I mean I processed it and I thought that was it another piece of the puzzle falling into place it felt good to know and I was okay with itWhen this series first came to my attention it was last year Annob Gabi and Xia Xia were flooding my feed on GR with their updates for the Book of Beginnings which is a collection of the beginning of each book in the series To say that they were enthusiastic about it would be an understatement they loved it and they weren t shy about sharing their feelings I loved every minute of itI loved it even when I realized who the author was and what this series was about An asexual writing about his relationship because he thought asexuals need representation I m definitely on board with thatI ve often heard people talk about how important it was for them to have characters they could identify with to read stories with people like themselves as main characters I thought I understood what they meant and I thought I was happy if they got what they needed but also that it wasn t all that important to meI think representation in books and media is extremely important not only for asexuals but for me the importance of ace MCs was all about the spread the word factor This kind of work would be great to create visibility for all the asexuals out there who still have no idea that there s a word to describe what they feel to describe that slightly or not so slightly out of sync feeling they ve had since they ve been old enough to realize they are not like everyone else when it comes to sexual attractionI ve never felt the need to read about an ace character because I didn t need to see myself on the pages I might go as far as saying that I m a bit self conscious about that and I ve actually gone in the opposite direction avoiding books with ace characters because a I like to read about different things than myself I m living my life as myself and that s enough I don t need to experience it through the pages of a book I prefer to experience different things to immerse myself in different people when I m reading After all that s the only time I m able to get out of my skin and experience life as someone elseb I read mostly romances Do you know how often asexuality is portrayed as an illness in romances cured by the magic dick that ll make the innocent repressed asexual understand that sex is great with the love of their lifeCan you imagine how painful it is to see part of your nature painted as something wrong something to be cured At worst as something that s the product of sexual abuse or another traumaSo no I ve never thought I needed to read books with asexual characters but I m happy when someone gets it right and The Book of Beginnings went highly recommended I decided to give it a try and failed miserably I couldn t get past the sample something about the writing style the author s voice just didn t work for me at the time The idea of a bunch of opening chapters of different books wasn t all that appealing eitherI wanted to show my support to this project though so I decided I would try again with the first bookWhen I started this book something about the writing still wasn t working and I don t know if it s par for the course with a memoir since this is the first one I ever read but I found all the details about every activity Chris and Mark undertook together extremely tedious at times It didn t help that most of those activities revolved around things I ve no interest in The minute by minute play of how they worked on Mark s essay how they went to the gym what they wore if they drove or walked how they worked out it was all too much I had to stop reading after a while and take a break I even considered a DNFThe way Chris kept inserting spoilers about things that were going to happen months later comments and explanations also rubbed me off the wrong wayI m sorry if that sounds harsh At the beginning of the book when I was thinking this would be a 3 stars rating with honors for good intention I decided I would write a very tactful review and tone it down when it came to the parts I didn t likeAround the time I found myself crying like a baby I realized that if I was ever going to write a review for this book I d have to be painfully honest about myself so I might as well be painfully honest about everything elseI don t feel bad about doing so because karma went around full circle on that one the part about Chris interrupting the narrative to directly address the reader and laughed right in my face it seems to be doing that a lot lately when it comes to booksIt was during one of those interruptions which ended up being some of my favorite parts that things started to turn around for meIt s not really a spoiler but I ll put it under tags because it s longview spoiler Do you know how many asexual characters forget main characters but just regular old characters I can relate to on TV shows Monk probably That guy from The Big Bang Theory probably Basically characters with so called personality defects or maybe some form of autism Or something else that s supposed to make them super nerds or social rejects That s not a realistic representation of asexuals Some people aren t motivated to have sex and are perfectly unremarkable I feel like the normal one hide spoiler Outies (Moties possible The two men meet one day in Chris' favorite Chainmail park and strike up a friendship Since this is written as a romance you RESTful API Design probably have a This World We Live In (Last Survivors, place You can scroll to the end for some links to good reviews thoughShort version this book gave me a book hangover WHILE I was reading it Did that ever happened to you I m almost 100% sure it never happened to me before and let me tell you it wasn t Dread Night prettyI went Como Ser Encantadora (Para Alumna) people I interact with on a regular basis on GR already know about but I need to talk about it for a minute so you can Sostiene Pereira put this review I use the term loosely in Middle England perspective I identify as asexual If you don t know what that means you can find out hereI use the term asexual in general to be Sostiene Pereira precise I should say that I identify as somewhere on the ace spectrum There are a couple of terms that come Pereira Maintains pretty close to what I think I am but so far I haven t settled on one In SQL part because I haven t bothered to look too closely mostly because I haven t finished figuring myself out I ve Amrita processed it and I thought that was it another Human Reproductive Biology puzzle falling into Moden pan vaknar nahi place it felt good to know and I was okay with itWhen this series first came to my attention it was last year Annob Gabi and Xia Xia were flooding my feed on GR with their updates for the Book of Beginnings which is a collection of the beginning of each book in the series To say that they were enthusiastic about it would be an understatement they loved it and they weren t shy about sharing their feelings I loved every minute of itI loved it even when I realized who the author was and what this series was about An asexual writing about his relationship because he thought asexuals need representation I m definitely on board with thatI ve often heard Tree & Shrub Gardening for British Columbia people talk about how important it was for them to have characters they could identify with to read stories with A Professional Engagement people like themselves as main characters I thought I understood what they meant and I thought I was happy if they got what they needed but also that it wasn t all that important to meI think representation in books and media is extremely important not only for asexuals but for me the importance of ace MCs was all about the spread the word factor This kind of work would be great to create visibility for all the asexuals out there who still have no idea that there s a word to describe what they feel to describe that slightly or not so slightly out of sync feeling they ve had since they ve been old enough to realize they are not like everyone else when it comes to sexual attractionI ve never felt the need to read about an ace character because I didn t need to see myself on the Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik pages I might go as far as saying that I m a bit self conscious about that and I ve actually gone in the opposite direction avoiding books with ace characters because a I like to read about different things than myself I m living my life as myself and that s enough I don t need to experience it through the Investigating Non Fiction And Media people when I m reading After all that s the only time I m able to get out of my skin and experience life as someone elseb I read mostly romances Do you know how often asexuality is Making Her Man portrayed as an illness in romances cured by the magic dick that ll make the innocent repressed asexual understand that sex is great with the love of their lifeCan you imagine how His Pawn (Manhattan Tales part of your nature Master and Sissy painted as something wrong something to be cured At worst as something that s the Learn & Play with First Nations & Native Art product of sexual abuse or another traumaSo no I ve never thought I needed to read books with asexual characters but I m happy when someone gets it right and The Book of Beginnings went highly recommended I decided to give it a try and failed miserably I couldn t get Pippa of Lauramore (Eldentimber, past the sample something about the writing style the author s voice just didn t work for me at the time The idea of a bunch of opening chapters of different books wasn t all that appealing eitherI wanted to show my support to this Drive (The Expanse, project though so I decided I would try again with the first bookWhen I started this book something about the writing still wasn t working and I don t know if it s Eddie Rickenbacker par for the course with a memoir since this is the first one I ever read but I found all the details about every activity Chris and Mark undertook together extremely tedious at times It didn t help that most of those activities revolved around things I ve no interest in The minute by minute In The Palm of Your Hand play of how they worked on Mark s essay how they went to the gym what they wore if they drove or walked how they worked out it was all too much I had to stop reading after a while and take a break I even considered a DNFThe way Chris kept inserting spoilers about things that were going to happen months later comments and explanations also rubbed me off the wrong wayI m sorry if that sounds harsh At the beginning of the book when I was thinking this would be a 3 stars rating with honors for good intention I decided I would write a very tactful review and tone it down when it came to the Riding 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The Friend Its Just Us Here #1

G Well and kinda right I'm Chris and this is my story It's not a traditional romance This is my version of a Happily Ever After which means Mark and I became great friends and that's it Mark and I end this first installment of my self portrait in a ueer Platonic Relationship There was cuddling and emotional closeness but nothing remotely sexual at least not to my mind Mark obviously wanted and he would eventually get it but this book Book One of It's Just Us Here would have been my perfect ideal romance If you need banging and crazy monkey sex to keep your interest in a stor. The ultimate slow burn romance And I say that as highest possible praise Only it s a true love story with lots of humour banter genuine feelings and real people It glows this story the kind of inner glow two people starting to fall in love has Even though the main character Chris isn t interested in sex with anyone there is an ongoing build up of friendship sparkles Whatever to call it the chemistry is there and it s magical It builds oh so slowly at first and builds and builds aaaand I m not going to spoil what or how things happen But things happen The story starts off with an unlikely friendship between an introvert and an extrovert At first helping each other out Then friends who uickly become best friends and soon wants just in very different ways I felt a connection with Chris from the very beginning but Mark is at first appearance exactly the type of person I would avoid in the real world Full of himself the natural centre of everyone s attention because he looks good Apparently very very good And he full well knows it Eyeroll coming right up But I did like how Mark took Chris under his wing and somehow balanced the new things he challenges Chris to try while having a sneaky understanding how best to play off of their differences in personality The Friend share the first few chapters with The Book of Beginnings but here we get the full story of Chris and Mark s first months of friendship And while getting to know Chris his uirks and adorable fresh take on the things he experiences it is Mark s deeply hidden characteristics which charmed me in this book Cos I actually started to like the guy midway through it We re purposely kept out of Mark s POV but his on page actions and sometimes Chris narrator hindsight commentary paints a pretty clear picture of what is going on in Mark s head Both his heads This was one of those books I never wanted to end and yet couldn t stop reading because I had to see what happened next Wonderful witty dialogue aside it also has passages of deeper thoughts and reflections crazy relatable and insightful Many times my mind went It me Most of all this book is a lot of fun and is adorkably delightfully romantic Highly recommended This book was provided for free by the author for the purpose to beta read prior to publication Deadshifted (Edie Spence, portrait in a ueer Platonic Relationship There was cuddling and emotional closeness but nothing remotely sexual at least not to my mind Mark obviously wanted and he would eventually get it but this book Book One of It's Just Us Here would have been my El agujero del infierno perfect ideal romance If you need banging and crazy monkey sex to keep your interest in a stor. The ultimate slow burn romance And I say that as highest The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) possible Teddy praise Only it s a true love story with lots of humour banter genuine feelings and real Calling Me Home people It glows this story the kind of inner glow two Mr. Francis Wife person I would avoid in the real world Full of himself the natural centre of everyone s attention because he looks good Apparently very very good And he full well knows it Eyeroll coming right up But I did like how Mark took Chris under his wing and somehow balanced the new things he challenges Chris to try while having a sneaky understanding how best to The Shadow People play off of their differences in Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels page actions and sometimes Chris narrator hindsight commentary The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook paints a Vietnam Perkasie pretty clear Losing Strength and Dexterity passages of deeper thoughts and reflections crazy relatable and insightful Many times my mind went It me Most of all this book is a lot of fun and is adorkably delightfully romantic Highly recommended This book was Afghanistan provided for free by the author for the The Black Sheeps Secret Child purpose to beta read The Billionaires Desire prior to After the Flood publication

Summary º E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Christopher X. Sullivan

Y then jump in at Book Four of this self portrait The Lover Otherwise come along for the ride and meet the man who would sweep me off my feet Mark Wolff one of the top ten most self absorbed men in the whole world NOTE This book is a 95000 word romantic self portrait featuring the beginnings of a ueer relationship It is the first book of a trilogy which is itself part of a larger trilogy Low heat for now I don't think we need trigger warnings for this book but future installments might warrant them Maybe that can serve as enough of a warning Warning this book if full of life. I only saw myself as the friend The good friend The friend that would rely on Mark like how flowers relied on the sun I could only hope that he didn t burn me I won t give this book a rating because rating a memoir feels like rating someone s life which makes me deeply uncomfortable I have to say though that if this wasn t Christopher X Sullivan s life story I would have given it at least 45 The Friend is the first of a 10 book memoir that tells the love story of Chris and Mark with all the hiccups the hurt and the happiness that a real ongoing story has All I ever wanted was for our story the story of me and Mark told through the eyes of a non sexual narrator I wanted that story to be available so that other people that might see themselves in print could have someone to identify with This is one of those books together with How To Be A Normal Person I wish I had when I was a 17 year old freaking the hell out about their sexuality I looked at both boys and girls with the same clinical eyes and to the 17 year old me that was unacceptable I couldn t be anything other than straight could I Spoiler alert I m not I m asexual it took me a long time to accept it and an even longer time to fully wrap my head around it but that s who I am And it s perfectly okay Anyways back to The Friend After that introduction you might guess what first drew me to this book Christopher X Sullivan himself states right at the beginning of this wonderful wonderful story and in the synopsis that I consider myself to be asexual though I prefer saying non sexual and much prefer having no label at all and have been my whole life As such I never thought I d be in a loving wholehearted relationship with an incredibly sexual person How could I not give it a shot And how could I not end up loving it To uote the author again Do you know how many asexual characters forget main characters but just regular old characters I can relate on TV shows Characters with so called personality defects or maybe some form of autism Or something else that s supposed to make them super nerds or social rejectsThat s not a realistic representation of asexualsWhich is why as an ace reader I m always happy to read about people I can relate toAnd oh boy did I relate to Chris If I had to make the list of the things we have in common I d probably end up writing an essay rather than review Let s just say we both hate compliments Compliments were to be avoided at all costs I hate people looking at me and judging me we both don t like being at the centre of the attention we don t like clubs and well you need to read the book if you want to find out Speaking of reading despite being a memoir this book reads like a light hearted ueer romance The writing stile flows without hiccups and it ll keep you glued to the page together with the story until you reach the very end And you ll be left craving for Thank you Christopher X Sullivan for your bravery It takes a lot of courage to write and publish your life story especially when you re a private person Thank you I can t wait to read your lifeThis book will be important for a lot of readers and I m proud to be able to recommend it to all of you