Reading ➽ Why We Fight Author T.J. Klune – Avshao.info

Why We Fight My sides and my cheeks hurt from laughing Seriously though, for a day after reading this I had workout pain in my face and upper body from the deep belly laughs I kept having while reading.Why We Fight starts in the summer of 2016 and we re taken back to Tucson, back to our wonderful group of friends and found family Corey Kori, Sandy, Charlie, Paul, Vince, Matty, Larry, Nana, and Darren We even get a little screen time with Tyson Thompson from the Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles.We met My sides and my cheeks hurt from laughing Seriously though, for a day after reading this I had workout pain in my face and upper body from the deep belly laughs I kept having while reading.Why We Fight starts in the summer of 2016 and we re taken back to Tucson, back to our wonderful group of friends and found family Corey Kori, Sandy, Charlie, Paul, Vince, Matty, Larry, Nana, and Darren We even get a little screen time with Tyson Thompson from the Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles.We met Charlie s beau, Robert, at the end of Until You and briefly got to meet Robert s son, Jeremy Turns out Jeremy was Corey Kori s former professor, and is also now their current interim boss for the summer at a non profit LGBTQ center So no matter how much both may want to start something they have to remain professional But when you know it s real, that can prove to be impossible.While Why We Fight is first and foremost a comedy, and it is funny, it s also thought provoking and surprisingly emotional I love how TJ Klune expertly weaves those little emotional bombs in between some of the most hilarious scenes I ve ever read in a book Corey Kori s story absolutely lived up to my expectations You are exactly the way you re supposed to be And no one can take that away from you There may be rough days ahead I won t lie to you about that But even if things don t go the way we expect, you can t ever give up Because we are stronger together than we will ever be alone This is why we fight To have our voices heard and to let everyone know we won t be taken lightly They don t know who they re messing with They want a war Bring it Because we are going to be fierce and fabulous, and they ll never see us coming Told from Corey Kori s single, first person, POV I loved being able to catch up with the Tucson crew, and to a lesser extent the Seafare crew There s evenhilarity when the guys go undercover once , and a scene with an egg I m not soon to forget Like the final story in the BOATK series, Why We Fight includes an epilogue set in the future where we get to see how everyone is doing I m really going to miss new stories, but I m grateful I can always re read these.Single, first person, POV with humor, medium steam, and a very happy HEA ending What I m trying to say is that while some things change, it doesn t mean we ll forget all the other important stuff We re always going to be together in one way or another It might not always be like this, like we are now, but I promise you that you will never be alone I felt scraped and raw I said the only thing I could I love you Advanced Review Galley copy of Why We Fight At First Sight 4 provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.This review has been cross posted at Gay Book Reviews.NOTE I m very interested to see who Dreamspinner Press taps to narrate this since it appears at this time series narrator Michael Lesley has opted out of voicing the audiobook I honestly don t know who could possibly fill Michael s shoesbut I guess we ll see 4 StarsLet me preface with this first I love TJ Klune He created my top book hubby ever Otter who is my fucking dream come true , so the man really can t do any wrong I don t think I ve given anything less than 4 stars for any of the 13 books I ve read, and this was no different.However, the tone and subject matter of this last book is quite different from the entire series, and readers who are looking for an absolutely wildly hilarious ride might be a bit disappointed I m not saying that t 4 StarsLet me preface with this first I love TJ Klune He created my top book hubby ever Otter who is my fucking dream come true , so the man really can t do any wrong I don t think I ve given anything less than 4 stars for any of the 13 books I ve read, and this was no different.However, the tone and subject matter of this last book is quite different from the entire series, and readers who are looking for an absolutely wildly hilarious ride might be a bit disappointed I m not saying that this doesn t have its funny moments because it does, but it s evident that Klune has an agenda and a message he wants to say that doesn t lend itself to crazy shenanigans much.Corey Kori is not like the others, and I don t mean that just because he she s bigender or biracial He she s got a good head on his her shoulders and isn t prone to dramatics He she s trying to solidify his her life purpose by doing an internship at a much needed LGBT center to be a support system for its youth However, life never goes smoothly, and Corey Kori s mortified to discover the college professor he she crushed on is now his her boss a very hot, smart, off limits boss.Ever present is the theme of family the one you choose for yourself and not necessarily the one you re born into as well as knowing and owning one s self worth Die hard fans of Klune will still enjoy this and have no trouble or find much fault Just be aware that this one is not exactly like the others but still just as entertaining, poignant, and relevant This Edition Is Out Of Print For Current Kindle Edition See Why We FightDo You Believe In Love At First Sight Corey Ellis Sure Doesn T Oh, Everyone Around Him Seems To Have Found Their Happy Ending, But He S Far Too Busy To Worry About Such Things He Ll Have Plenty Of Time For Romance After He Survives His Last Summer Before Graduation So What If He Can T Get His Former Professor, Jeremy Olsen, Out Of His Head It S Just Hero Worship And That S The Way It Should StayExcept That This Summer, Bigender Corey Aka Kori Is Interning At Phoenix House, A LGBTQI Youth Center That Recently Hired An Interim Director And Because Life Is Extraordinarily Unfair, The Director Just So Happens To Be A Certain Former Professor, Now Current BossDesperate To Keep Things Professional As He And Jeremy Grow Closer, Corey Makes A Major Mistake He Turns To His Friends, Paul Auster And Sanford Stewart, For HelpBut Paul And Sandy Have Some Ideas Of Their OwnSet In The Summer Of , Why We Fight Is A Celebration Of Queer Life And Being True To Oneself No Matter The Cost This is the fourth book in the At First Sight series and I have loved each and every single one They make me so freaking happy Now I first fell deeply in love with Corey Kori when I first met them in The Art of Breathing , and I am so glad I finally got to read their story.and what a great story it was Corey Kori is bigender and biracial, which unfortunately means that life hasn t always been the easiest for them That saidI think they turned out pretty awe This is the fourth book in the At First Sight series and I have loved each and every single one They make me so freaking happy Now I first fell deeply in love with Corey Kori when I first met them in The Art of Breathing , and I am so glad I finally got to read their story.and what a great story it was Corey Kori is bigender and biracial, which unfortunately means that life hasn t always been the easiest for them That saidI think they turned out pretty awesome I love seeing that they weren t too bitter about what happened in the past Apparently, Corey Kori have been crushing on their former college professor Jeremy Olsen, who turned out to be Robert s son Charlie s man And guess who is gonna be his temporary boss for his summer job at the LGBTQ center That s rightJeremy How will Corey Kori ever be able to work under him pun intended They are sure that Jeremy doesn t feel the same, but when they are proven wrong, how will they keep their hands off each other and stay professional.With Paul and Sandy s noses all up in their business things are bound to get weirdand crazy funny I especially loved the parts with Johnny Depp in them I absolutely laughed my ass off reading this one, though there were also times when I got a bit choked up No Wookie Cry Face though I could have done with a bitTy, since he is still one of my faves, but hey, we can t always get everything we want As all good things go, this series has come to an end and I have a bit of a double feeling about that I love how they all got their stories and their HEA, but I don t know if I am ready to say goodbyeThank god for re readsAn ARC was provided to in exchange for an honest review I really don t know how to say this But this was not at all what I had hoped for.Corey Kori has been a wonderful character who popped up in previous books of this series and as Tyler s friend in BOATK And I always rooted for him her.I saw him her as a tender hearted, vulnerable, but fierce person, and I couldn t wait for him her to get their own story.That happens here only partly Corey does re meet the man he she has had a crush on for quite a while, and I was looking for the depth of emotio I really don t know how to say this But this was not at all what I had hoped for.Corey Kori has been a wonderful character who popped up in previous books of this series and as Tyler s friend in BOATK And I always rooted for him her.I saw him her as a tender hearted, vulnerable, but fierce person, and I couldn t wait for him her to get their own story.That happens here only partly Corey does re meet the man he she has had a crush on for quite a while, and I was looking for the depth of emotion, the tangle of feelings I have come to associate with TJ s books Some heart rending relationship development, some deep connection between the main characters If you have read some of TJ s books, you know what I mean.However, what we got is this at least the way I see it The emphasis of this book is declared by its title Why We Fight, and it is a huge declaration why people under the LGBTQ umbrella have the right to fight for who they are and why they should do exactly that.I would say about half of the book deals with these topics, and sometimes it all sounds like a lecture or a political manifesto Let me assure you that I m totally on board with the contents and ideas of all this and can see the importance of these issues, but this was supposed to be a romance novel I thought And I wasn t particularly happy that Corey Kori seems to become the mouthpiece for the author s political views and his opinions on LGBTQ and POC rights And I felt judged and dismissed as one of those people who simply can t understand any of those issues.I might be too sensitive menopause apparently does that to you and misunderstand parts of it, but I felt steam rollered here.Apart from that, Corey Kori turns into a smaller version of Paul, getting in all kinds of typical Auster shenanigans over his crush on Jeremy I never saw him her in that fashion before It felt like this story was about a different person all together.As for Jeremy, who is 13 years older than Corey Kori, I liked him a lot, but wanted to see himon page than he was He seems to blend too much in the background And the connection between him and Corey Kori is kind of there, but it never really hit me where it matters I simply didn t feel it Jeremy and Corey Kori pine for each other, and there is some good UST and want and desire, but for most of the time this resolves into some form of hilariousness instead of deep feelings Dare I say that there s also too much of all the other characters in this Don t get me wrong I love all of these people Nana, Charlie and Robert who were one highlight for me , Sandy and Darren, Paul and Vince etc etc But they crowd the scenes too often and leave too little space for a proper relationship development between the main characters.It pains me enormously that this didn t work for me And maybe I did get some of the meaning totally wrong All I can say is I am a bit gutted and hope that other readers will love thisthan me I feel somewhat bittersweet about Why We Fight, as I tend to with any series I enjoy coming to an end This whole series is TJ Klune s trademark over the top comedic deliciousness, and Why We Fight is definitely funny From the first chapter, I was having giggle fits and that continued throughout the book and wait until you get to chapter 15 Why We Fight takes place in 2016, before the election that brought to light just how much work we still have to do Yes, there are some politics in this s I feel somewhat bittersweet about Why We Fight, as I tend to with any series I enjoy coming to an end This whole series is TJ Klune s trademark over the top comedic deliciousness, and Why We Fight is definitely funny From the first chapter, I was having giggle fits and that continued throughout the book and wait until you get to chapter 15 Why We Fight takes place in 2016, before the election that brought to light just how much work we still have to do Yes, there are some politics in this story There has to be We live in a time of bathroom bills and religious freedom laws A time when the life expectancy of transgender women of color is 31 years We ve come a long way since my childhood, but we ve a long way to go, still While this book has so much humor in it, and ridiculous 80 s movie plot situations, there is a thread of heaviness throughout I ve been looking forward to Corey s Kori s story since I first met them in The Art of Breathing Being both bigender and biracial, they have hadthan their fair share of life challenges Growing up in the system offered evenThey are insightful, and amazing and I sure hope they decide to run for president, someday, because they also possess some amazing leadership skills and if anyone can change the world, it s them As they would be the first to tell you, though, it s a team effort and we all need to work for a better future.Jeremy Olsen is the son of Charlie s boyfriend, Robert, and a professor at the university where Corey Kori is attending for their master s degree There might be a little bit of a crush, there It was easy to keep at bay during the school year because he was one of their professors and also because they were so busy An entire summer working closely with him, though They didn t stand a chance.Jeremy was really the perfect person for Corey Kori Jeremy is 13 years older and settled in life He doesn t make rash decisions and isn t impulsive He s also not boring Jeremy is full of life He s a people person and he loves teaching and working at Phoenix House Jeremy was a man looking for somewhere he fit He was looking for people who really saw him and not just pieces He had friends, sure, but no one who really knew him He was lonely I enjoyed this book quite a lot, as I expected to The ridiculousness of some of the situations Corey Kori found themselves in made me so happy There was even a bit of steam, which was hot and brought much needed relief as temporary as it was from all the delicious tension.I feel bittersweet I know I said that already, but it bears repeating I feel sad that we re saying goodbye to characters that feel like family But I also feel hope for their future Why do we fight We fight for a better future We fight to honor those who came before us those that sacrificed so much We fight because we must ARC of Why We Fight was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 4 StarsFor me, Corey Kori has been a personal favourite character throughout this series and the BOatK series Bi gender and bi racial, Corey Kori has always been the person I ve pictured as the most fierce, intelligent and grounded member of this oftentimes crazy bunch of loveable characters He she has a smart mouth, quick wit, and the kind of personal drive to make a positive impact on the world that I could only ever dream to aspire to I couldn t wait to finally read this book and I m so 4 StarsFor me, Corey Kori has been a personal favourite character throughout this series and the BOatK series Bi gender and bi racial, Corey Kori has always been the person I ve pictured as the most fierce, intelligent and grounded member of this oftentimes crazy bunch of loveable characters He she has a smart mouth, quick wit, and the kind of personal drive to make a positive impact on the world that I could only ever dream to aspire to I couldn t wait to finally read this book and I m so very happy with how his her story played out, giving Corey Kori the HEA he she so greatly deserved This final story is set in 2016, during the summer before Corey Kori s final year of college He she takes an internship at Phoenix House, which is a financially struggling LGBTQI youth centre Nervous already, because teenagers, the last person Corey Kori expects to come face to face with on his her first day is Jeremy Olsen, Corey Kori s ex professor and all around dream man The prospect of working together closely over the entire summer is daunting, but kind of wonderful too, if only Corey Kori can keep all his her feelings in check which is easier said than done when at every turn it seems like Jeremy is subtly and not so subtly reciprocating Corey Kori s feelings The story chronicles that summer, as Corey Kori and Jeremy grow closer, which becomes expectedly complicated with the added meddling from their enthusiastic and sometimes inappropriate family members And as is only right for the characters in this series, some awkward and hilarious moments are had on the long road to Corey Kori and Jeremy s blissfully coupled up HEA.The entire At First Sight gang are back, in their finest forms, surrounding Corey Kori with constant love and support, and providing plenty of gobsmackingly ridiculous antics to keep everyone on their toes Although not quite as uproariously funny as the other books, Why We Fight definitely still had many chuckle inducing scenes and generally made my heart happy and full.However, some of the themes explored here were a bit too politically charged for my personal liking, but I acknowledge that it made sense that the fight for social justice and equality would be a central theme of the story given Corey Kori s personal passions and beliefs, as well as his her educational focus and internship at Phoenix House To be honest, the story in general was a little heavier in tone than I was expecting, especially compared to the rest of the books in the series, which areon the light, joyous and laugh out loud hilarious side of things Due to this, my overall enjoyment wasn t as strong here as with the previous books, but only by a little bit, because I still absolutely adore Corey Kori as a character and the mastery of Klune s storytelling talent will always be worthy of praise in my eyes 4,5 starsI absolutely adored this one T.J Klune is one of my favourite authors And this series is extremely well written I have never laughed so hard Until I had tears in my eyes This book is the last one in the series and it s so hard to let these amazing but hilarious characters go I strongly recommend to read all the books in this series in order to better understand the dynamics between the characters I was very excited about Corey s Kori s story They are bigender and biracial Th 4,5 starsI absolutely adored this one T.J Klune is one of my favourite authors And this series is extremely well written I have never laughed so hard Until I had tears in my eyes This book is the last one in the series and it s so hard to let these amazing but hilarious characters go I strongly recommend to read all the books in this series in order to better understand the dynamics between the characters I was very excited about Corey s Kori s story They are bigender and biracial This book didn t disappoint We get the same impossible and hilarious situations, the banter between the characters is out of this world It was amazing to revisit Paul, Sandy, Charlie, Nana I have a feeling I will reread this series many times in the future This book was a little heavier than the previous ones But I wouldn t change a thing I loved everything about Corey Kori Extremely funny and smart doesn t even cover it I don t want to give too much away, you really should discover this story on your own But if you already love this author s writing, don t miss this one because it was just fabulous, like all his characters If you haven t read any books by T.J Klune then you should really really start right now because you have no idea what you re missing This review is posted on DirtyBooksObsession I feel like crying, guys Sure, I liked Why We Fight, sure, it was good, but this isn t a regular series for me, and my expectations were sky high I m obsessed with the first two books in the series read my reviews here and here , and I was 100% sure I was going to 5 star this one toosobs uncontrollably Look, I know T.J Klune had to work with a lot with this story We have a biracial, bigender MC in Corey Kori, and he did them proud by being respectful and playful with their character Ho I feel like crying, guys Sure, I liked Why We Fight, sure, it was good, but this isn t a regular series for me, and my expectations were sky high I m obsessed with the first two books in the series read my reviews here and here , and I was 100% sure I was going to 5 star this one toosobs uncontrollably Look, I know T.J Klune had to work with a lot with this story We have a biracial, bigender MC in Corey Kori, and he did them proud by being respectful and playful with their character However, Corey Kori had a hard past and most of the time is spent at an LGBTQ youth center, so the book had a very serious tone that I wasn t expecting Also, the story takes place in 2016, the year that he who should not be named was starting his presidential journey, so there is the weight of that also on the story The whole book felt much less carefree and much deeper, which doesn t necessarily have to be a bad thing, but it just didn t work out quite like I was hoping it would There wasn t anything wrong with the story We see a TON of the Auster clan yaaaaaas , and there is a awesomely high heat level in the story for a T.J Klune book , but, oddly, it still took me over a week to read OVER A WEEK I read the first two books in under a day each I think my problem was that I just didn t find the book very funny I was expecting crying with laughter, but that s not what happened I had a few moments that made me smile, and I had a few that made me want to keep reading, but I just didn t find the story to be nearly as funny or as addictive as the previous ones I really count on this series to make me smile and laugh, and I think I was just surprised that I didn t quite get that I also wantedromance I didn t quite feel the feelings that I wanted to feel There were still many awesome, memorable scenes My favorite parts were the early morning jogs, the egg ha , and mostly anything with Nana I still think devoted fans of the series are going to enjoy this one and most are going to love it , but I m sad the series is over, and I m sad I can t give a big 5 star send off Copy provided in exchange for an honest review goodreads instagram twitter blogP.S I m 100% going off the theory that I didn t love this book because I didn t read it on a plane like the first two in the series Let s just go with that Wow, what a journey this entire series has been This life it wasn t one I expected to have It wasn t one that I d gone looking for It d found me in a thrift store when I d least expected it And while there had been ups and downs, those peaks and valleys that felt almost manic, I wouldn t change it for anything While this story was slightly less campy and over the top than the previous books in the series, I felt like it did a good job of wrapping things up in a nice, neat bow in this serie Wow, what a journey this entire series has been This life it wasn t one I expected to have It wasn t one that I d gone looking for It d found me in a thrift store when I d least expected it And while there had been ups and downs, those peaks and valleys that felt almost manic, I wouldn t change it for anything While this story was slightly less campy and over the top than the previous books in the series, I felt like it did a good job of wrapping things up in a nice, neat bow in this series finale.The book definitely had its OTT moments, like the egg citing vibrating egg debacle, but overall Corey Kori was aserious character than say Paul, Vince, or Sandy, and since this was his her book, that slightlysubdued tone bled through From the very beginning of the series, Corey Kori always felt muchlike a secondary character for me, so I do have to admit that my OMG, OMG, OMG, O.M.M.F.Gexcitement level was a bit lower when starting this book.I would ve liked quite a fewdetails or stories about what Corey Kori went thru prior to meeting Sandy at age 17, just to have ain depth history of where he she was coming from Instead, we mostly got a repeated line of people didn t know what to do with me, which left me wantingThe UST and longing between Jeremy and Corey Kori felt pretty standard, especially after all of the hyperactive hijinks between Paul and Vince, and then Sandy and Darren It was nice to read, but not quite as wowing as those previous exceptional pairings.My two favorite aspects of this story were, first, when the entire gang got together and hilarity ensued Nothing quite compared to Paul and Vince needing to be hosed down to avoid a horrifying rutting episode while Nana or Charlie were in the same room You re so funny, Vince told him with stars in his eyes I m happy I married you YeahPaul said, a nasty curl to his lipsHow happy Why don t I show youVince said.They were both startled when Charlie squirted them with a spray bottleNo Stop itHe squirted them againStop it right nowAnd second, how the entire group pulled both Jeremy and his dad, Robert, into their midst, making them family, too Chicken soup for the soul, folks, that was Our guys recognized their loneliness for what it was, then banished the shit out of it, and it was awesome Honorary Austers for the win I know this was the end of the series, but I m still hoping against hope that we ll get a story for Diego and Kai, maybeSorry, not sorry, but the imagery of a 21 y.o Diego dancing on top of the bar in only a jock strap, well, it kinda did it for me Hated it I d rate this story at 4 stars and recommend it, while setting the expectation that the previous craziness had been dialed down to about a 7, from the previous books 12 My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.See All My Latest Reads Review Quick Links

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