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It Started With Brian

   (2 reviews)
Genres: Romance
Sub-genres: Contemporary Romance

Sam searches for love and acceptance as he deals with the pressures of student life, a troubled family and his emerging confusion over his sexuality as he finds himself falling in love with his best friend.

The author of this story has passed on and it was completed with permission by Adam Phillips. Please see the forum topic for more information or to leave comments: http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/topic/18705-it-started-with-brian/page__st__120__p__277726__hl__it+started+with+brian__fromsearch__1#entry277726
All characters are the intellectual property of the author. This is a work of fiction, any resemblance to real people or places is purely coincidental. Sexual acts between consenting teens and adults, both heterosexual and homosexual, are depicted.

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  • Characters 2
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  • Compelling 0
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  • Humor 0
  • Smoldering 0
  • Tearjerker 2
  • Unique 1
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  • 1. Chapter 1
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  • 2. Chapter 2
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  • 3. Chapter 3
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  • 4. Chapter 4
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  • 5. Chapter 5
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  • 8. Chapter 8
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  • 9. Chapter 9
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  • 10. Chapter 10
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  • 11. Chapter 11
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  • 31. Chapter 31
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  • 33. Chapter 33
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  • 34. Chapter 34
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  • 35. Postscript
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LD Stratton

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

A difficult story to read but well worth the time.  It certainly focuses on the importance of mental health issues and the need for more funding and better understanding.  A remarkable read.

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ChillFire

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

(Note: Considering that this story is essentially an autobiography, I thought that it would not be very appropriate to use my usual review format, so I will be writing my thoughts in a semi-freestyle form. Spoilers ahead.)

Spoiler

I’ll be blunt here: this story is really fucking depressing. What makes it worse is that it’s real and that what happened in real life was worse, at least according to the postscript. Something about it being real (or, well, semi-real considering some details were changed/left out/etc) makes the events that occur in this story hit the feels quite hard.

Sam was a very strong man, considering the challenges and adversity he overcame in his life. He was most definitely stronger than I am today, but he was also a bit broken inside. Those intervening years between high school and him reuniting with John were hell, honestly. Thank God that John got him to seek professional help. I can’t imagine how hard it must’ve been for the two of them.

What I think was the most depressing event in Sam’s life (while it was not covered directly in the story), though, is his cancer diagnosis and subsequent death. Of all the things that he has been through, cancer takes his life!? Fuck cancer, man. Sam and John absolutely deserved to grow old together after everything that they’ve been through. Life is so incredibly unfair.

On the flip side, though… Even though this story has no shortage of anguish, I still think that it’s also full of hope and happiness. When Sam finally lets John into his heart and accepts his love… That was such a powerful moment. I cried when re-reading that for this review.

And finally, some thoughts on some comments John made in the postscript: Who the hell has the right to question either of their sexualities? The nerve of some people! (I suppose that the “spectrum” of sexual orientation wasn’t as well-known or accepted back when this story was initially written and published… But still.) The only “correct” source of information for this stuff is that person, and that person alone.

This story is well worth your time. Just be sure to keep a box of tissues (or several) near you when reading.

Thank you to Sam, John, and Adam for this wonderful tale.

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I hope that John and Chris are alive and well. Best wishes to them, wherever they are today.

Sam’s memory will live on forever through It Started With Brian. May he rest in peace.

 

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